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Xarelto Litigation – Bellwether Update

Searcy Denney Mass Tort Unit attorneys Brenda Fulmer and Cal Warriner have filed three more lawsuits on behalf of Florida and North Carolina residents who suffered bleeding in their brains and GI tracts following use of...more

Product Liability Update: April 2017

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Massachusetts Federal Court In Prescription Drug Case Holds “Learned Intermediary” Rule Requiring Warnings Only To Prescribing Physician Applied Even Though Patient and Caregiver Were Physicians, But Experts’ Affidavits of...more

Vast – Or at Least Half-Vast – Conspiracy Claim Dismissed

by Reed Smith on

Imagine a conspiracy so vast that it includes not only your usual plaintiff-side fantasy of the FDA conspiring with a drug company, but also high FDA officials, President Obama, Robert Mercer (noted Trump supporter and...more

Work in "Ultrahazardous" Activity Does Not Provide North Carolina Employees with Exception to Workers' Compensation Exclusivity

Workers’ Compensation exclusivity means that for the overwhelming majority of workplace injuries, employees are limited to compensation through the Comp system. Under the North Carolina Supreme Court’s Woodson decision,...more

On Alternative Design, Take Two - Negligence

by Reed Smith on

Back in 2013, inspired by a win of our own that we were actually allowed to blog about, we put up a post entitled “On Alternative Design.” Taking the alternative design requirement for strict liability as a given, we...more

Eleventh Circuit Upholds Economic Loss Rule in Product Liability Lawsuits

by Wilson Elser on

The Economic Loss Rule is a doctrine of law that prohibits a product liability claim being brought against a manufacturer for a defective product that only destroys itself, without harm to other property or to a person. In...more

Industry custom evidence held admissible in CA product liability case based on defective design

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

A recent California appellate decision, Kim v. Toyota Motor Corp, if upheld by the California Supreme Court, could change the landscape in the admissibility of industry custom and practice evidence in strict products...more

11th Circuit Upholds Award of Summary Judgment in Mirena Lawsuit

In March 2014, Jenna Thurmond sued Bayer in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, alleging that her use of the Mirena contraception system caused her to develop pseudotumor cerebri. Her symptoms...more

Even with a Road Map, Only One Dubious Claim Navigates Preemption

by Reed Smith on

Here’s another guest post, this time from Reed Smith‘s Jaimee Farrer.  This post concerns PMA preemption, and a second opinion largely getting rid of a case that we blogged about before.  As always, Jaimee deserves all the...more

Separation Panes: Emerging Litigation Over Window Sealant

by WilmerHale on

Relatively few people in the commercial construction industry are kept up at night by polyisobutylene (PIB) — the synthetic rubber sealant commonly used to provide a long term and durable moisture barrier for insulated glass...more

NJ Supreme Court Opens Door to More Take-Home Exposure Claims against Landowners

by Wilson Elser on

On July 6, 2016, in Schwartz v. Accuratus Corporation, No. A-73-14-076195, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that individuals other than spouses exposed to take-home toxins may pursue claims against landowners....more

The Scope Of SEC Defendants' Jury Trial Right: Part 4

by WilmerHale on

This is the last of four articles examining the scope of the Seventh Amendment jury trial right as applied to the facts that set the maximum monetary penalty a judge may impose against a civil defendant in a U.S. Securities...more

Ruling Highlights Importance of Attacking Punitive Damages When Seeking Summary Judgment

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Earlier this month, a federal judge denied two multidistrict litigation (MDL) defendants’ bid to dismiss punitive damages in a pelvic mesh suit because they did “not present any arguments” specific to punitive damages,...more

The Difference Between Manufacturing and Design Defects

by Reed Smith on

Some plaintiffs seem to think that if they allege any problems about anything in the manufacturing process of a prescription medical product, then it falls under the rubric of “manufacturing defect.” They’re wrong, of course....more

W.D. Penn. Dismisses Most Claims in Hernia Mesh Case

by Reed Smith on

You’ve probably heard James Carville’s description of Pennsylvania as Pittsburgh on one end, Philadelphia on the other, and Alabama in-between. Let’s put aside that last bit, which manages simultaneously to insult both...more

Some Case-by-Case Comment K Mixed with Some Insufficient Pleading of Fraud

by Reed Smith on

In Hawaii, from whence today’s case comes, tourists are encouraged to try poi, mashed up taro root, which looks like purple wallpaper paste and tastes like, well, purple wallpaper paste. The term is also used as a friendly...more

Sophisticated User Defense Does Not Extend to Salesman

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Richard Moran III v. Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (April 13, 2016) - In 2008, the California Supreme Court unanimously held that the “sophisticated user” defense...more

Comment K Case by Case – Falling Out of Favor?

by Reed Smith on

When we examined Restatement (Second) of Torts §402A, comment k (1965), in our 2011 research post “Comment K, Some of the Way,” we remarked about how it said “a lot of things,” including: (1) that one can’t design away...more

Think Mink, part 2: Florida Federal Court Slams Door on Parallel Claims

by Reed Smith on

Last November we blogged about "specialized" preemption issues in several cases, including Mink v. Smith & Nephew, Inc., 2015 WL 7356285 (S.D. Fla. Nov. 19, 1015). The plaintiff in Mink claimed physical injuries from a...more

Mentor Case Time Barred

In 2004, North Carolina resident Melanie Cole was implanted with Mentor’s OB Tape, which is a sling device that is used to treat urinary incontinence. Three weeks after the surgery, Ms. Cole visited her surgeon and...more

Tort Suit Seeks to Hold Drillers Responsible for Oklahoma Earthquakes

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

In what may be part of a wave of litigation blaming increased seismicity on oil and gas development activities, 12 residents of Oklahoma City and its suburbs filed suit against oil and gas drillers and operators of wastewater...more

Philly Court Applies Michigan Law to Dismiss Risperdal Cases

by Reed Smith on

Delve into the crime stories of Elmore Leonard, whether in the form of the books, movies, or television shows, and you are likely to spend considerable time in Michigan and Florida. True, Justified was set in Kentucky. But...more

Morello v. Kenco Toyota Lift: No Duty to Advise Of Optional Safety Devices

by Cozen O'Connor on

Just last week, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania dismissed plaintiff’s negligence and §402(B) strict liability claims on summary judgment in Morello v. Kenco Toyota Lift, et al. The court reserved dismissal of the...more

Heedless Heeding Presumptions – How New York Law Became a Morass

by Reed Smith on

Ever since this blog started, we’ve made plain that we have no use for the so-called “heeding presumption.” This presumption posits that, because under Restatement §402A, comment j, a defendant providing an adequate warning...more

SDNY Sacks Treanda Failure to Warn Claim

by Reed Smith on

Failure to warn cases remind us of sports talk radio and paleontology. Especially on Monday mornings in the Fall, Philly sports talk radio is a festival of woe and recrimination. The Iggles are terrible, their deficiencies...more

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