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CPSC Recall Snapshot - Tensions Rise on Mandatory Standards

by Alston & Bird on

Welcome to the May edition of the Alston & Bird CPSC Recall Snapshot. In late April, the CPSC voted 3-2 to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) “to address the risk of blade-contact injuries on table saws.”...more

Federal Courts Lack Inherent Authority to Punish Discovery Misconduct

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Federal courts have broad authority to manage discovery, but when it comes to punishing litigants for discovery violations, their inherent authority is limited by rule and now Supreme Court precedent. Recently, the U.S....more

Medical Device Regulation Update

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 5 May 2017, the Medical Device Regulation ("MDR") was published in the Official Journal of the European Union and comes into effect on 26 May 2017. The Commission proposed back in 2012 to revise the existing regulatory...more

What Parents Need to Know About the Spike in Child Product Safety Recalls

A recent report published by Kids in Danger (KID), a non-profit group dedicated to protecting child safety through recalls, indicates that child product safety recalls rose in 2016 over the previous year, peaking to its...more

Closing the Door on Hybrid Product Defect/Fraud Claims

On April 13, 2017, in Azoulai v. BMW of N. Am. LLC (Case No. 16-cv-00589), the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed a proposed consumer fraud class action against BMW of North America LLC...more

Eyes on the Road Ahead: Product Liability Outlook for Autonomous Vehicles

by Jones Day on

What product liability hazards lie in the road ahead for manufacturers of autonomous, automated, and connected vehicles and their suppliers? And how can auto manufacturers and suppliers plan for and mitigate that product...more

Greatbatch Medical Recalls Hip-Replacement Instrument Which Has Potential To Infect Patients

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a Class 1 recall for a handheld instrument used during hip-replacement surgery. The device failed sterility tests....more

U.S. Supreme Court Draws the Line: Invalidates $2.7 Million Dollar Discovery Sanction Against Manufacturer

On April 18, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court made a bold and seemingly manufacturer-friendly pronouncement in overturning a federal district court judge’s $2.7 million award in sanctions against manufacturer Goodyear Tire &...more

Hoverboard Fire - A Tragedy that Should Not Have Happened

Tragedy recently struck a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania family when a fire caused by a recharging hoverboard consumed their home, killing a 3-year-old girl, injuring several others and almost bringing the structure to the ground....more

How Pharma, Biotech and Medical Device Companies Can Protect Against Product Liability Lawsuits

by Mark Mansour on

Among the many concerns manufacturers of therapeutics face is that of product liability lawsuits. While it is difficult to entirely eliminate the risk, there are steps companies can take to minimize it. Here are a few...more

Products Liability in a Post-Tincher World: Appellate Court Upholds $55M Verdict Against American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

In American Honda Motor Co., Inc., v. Martinez, et. al., the Superior Court of Pennsylvania upheld the jury’s verdict and award of more than $55 million to Plaintiff Carlos Martinez, who was rendered a quadriplegic after he...more

Third Circuit Finds Coverage for Faulty Workmanship Claim

In its recent decision in Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of Am. v. USA Container Co., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 6602 (3rd Cir. Apr. 18, 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, applying New Jersey law, had...more

Court Dismisses Peeling Paint Class Action Against Hyundai, But Grants Third Opportunity to Amend

On April 13, 2017, United States District Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell for the Central District of California granted a motion to dismiss a class action complaint alleging that Hyundai sold cars with an alleged latent paint...more

Smoke Screens & Side Shows

by Reed Smith on

We confess, we can’t think of any good reason for admitting evidence concerning product risks that the plaintiff in a particular case never actually encountered – yet plaintiffs try it with a straight face all the time. It’s...more

The Expert Report: Key Considerations

by Cozen O'Connor on

Product liability cases often present challenging and complex issues which require the use of experts. If you are litigating in federal court, any expert you designate will be required to provide a written report. ...more

Saved By The Bellwether Trial in the Ninth Circuit

by Carlton Fields on

Removal under the “mass action” provision of the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) is appropriate when 100 or more plaintiffs take the affirmative step of proposing to try their claims jointly and the claims involve common...more

City and Police Officer Victorious in Malicious Prosecution and Seizure Case

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Best Best & Krieger LLP attorneys Christopher Pisano and Dana Vessey prevailed on a motion for summary judgment on behalf of the City of Colton and one of its police officers in a case that stemmed from a complicated story...more

CPSC Recall Snapshot: April 2017

by Alston & Bird on

Welcome to the April edition of the Alston & Bird CPSC Recall Snapshot. In March, the CPSC approved a new federal standard for infant bathtubs. The CPSC stated that the new standard, which incorporates the most ...more

The Road to Autonomous Vehicles: Insurance Implications

by Jones Day on

As autonomous vehicles move toward mass implementation, businesses in this industry segment are studying product liability questions that will arise, some of which are likely to be distinctly different in character from the...more

The Supreme Court - April 18, 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Coventry Health Care of Missouri, Inc. v. Nevils, No. 16-149: The Office of Personnel Management (“OPM”) is authorized under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Act of 1959 (“FEHBA”), 5 U.S.C. §8901 et seq., to contract...more

Anaphylaxis Possible Risk of Recalled EpiPen Auto-Injector, Epi-Pen Jr Auto-Injector

A company beneath the umbrella of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has initiated a clawback of its recalled EpiPen Auto-Injector and EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector for failing to activate in time of need....more

Jury Returns Massive Verdict in Hospital Gown Fraud Lawsuit

On Friday, April 8, 2017, a federal jury in California sent shockwaves throughout the healthcare and legal community when it returned a $454 million verdict against Kimberly-Clark Corp. and its affiliate Halyard Health Inc....more

Bunch of Bad Bills Brings Up Denial of Citizen Rights

Fast-Track Legislation Appears To Attack 7th Amendment - Tort reform has become a hot potato again as a series of proposed bills have been unleashed that impinge on the rights of people harmed or injured by product...more

Guest Post – Come Together: Is UK Product Liability Law Getting More Like the U.S.?

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This guest post – only our second post ever on European issues is brought to you by Reed Smith partners Marilyn Moberg and (in the UK) associate Bond, Kathryn Bond (sorry, couldn’t resist). Our previous (and only) foray into...more

Medical Device Manufacturers’ Duty to Warn Expands

The Washington State Supreme Court recently released its decision in Taylor v. Intuitive Surgical, Inc. where it held that Washington law requires medical device manufacturers to warn hospitals that purchase their products of...more

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