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Stout Issues Third Annual Warranty and Recall Report

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Massive automotive recalls continue to grab headlines and raise concerns industry-wide. Recalls of light vehicles topped 50 million units in 2016, representing the third consecutive year of elevated – and record setting –...more

Sixth Circuit Puts Brakes on Pleading Requirements

Unless you have been under a rock for the past couple of years—or just actively avoid federal court—you are well aware of the impact of Iqbal and Twombly on pleading a cause of action in federal court. Depending on which side...more

Lessons From Two Auto Dealer Arbitrations About Nonsignatories

In two recent decisions, the Alabama Supreme Court made clear that if an arbitration clause specifies it only applies to disputes between the two parties who sign the clause, that will be strictly enforced. No third party...more

FDA Recalls St. Jude Medical Pacemakers for Cybersecurity Patches

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a recall of 465,000 St. Jude Medical pacemakers in order to push a mandatory firmware patch of vulnerabilities in six types of radio controlled cardiac pacemakers....more

Preview of Automated Vehicle Regulations in Germany

by Dechert LLP on

Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure formally presented last week ethical guidelines that affirm that governments are focusing on similar themes in designing their regulatory approach to the...more

Healthcare Law Update: September 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

OIG Advisory Opinions - Manufacturer's Free Replacement of Spoiled Pharmaceutical Products Authorized - On Aug. 25, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG)...more

Tales from the Corporate Scandal Crypt: GM, VimpelCom, VW and Wells Fargo

by Michael Volkov on

We are fascinated by corporate scandals. Since the 1980s, the US public has enjoyed unraveling corporate scandals, and vilifying corporate leaders caught in the web of deceit and misconduct. I am sure there are historical...more

Court Rules Ford Trucks’ Claim Is Puffery

A false advertising suit against Ford Motor Co. was limited after a federal court judge found the company’s “Built Ford Tough” claim is non-actionable puffery....more

CPSC Recall Snapshot – Recall Effectiveness

by Alston & Bird on

Welcome to the August edition of the Alston & Bird CPSC Recall Snapshot. Last month, the CPSC held a Recall Effectiveness Workshop, which was organized to allow the CPSC staff and industry stakeholders to discuss the CPSC...more

Passenger Car Tires Drive into the Internet of Things

by Wilson Elser on

As tire manufacturers enter the age of the Internet of Things, some are making smart tires equipped with sensors that allow the consumer to view information regarding the tire on applications downloaded to their smart phones....more

House Passes Bill Relaxing Reporting Requirements

by Knobbe Martens on

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017. This bill seeks to change the requirement for companies to report medical device malfunctions to the FDA. Previously, companies had to...more

SCOTUS Continues to Limit the Exercise of Specific Personal Jurisdiction

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Three years after its decision in Walden v. Fiore, the U.S. Supreme Court issued another decision that continues its trend of limiting the exercise of specific personal jurisdiction over non-resident defendants. In...more

Supreme Court Clarifies Specific Jurisdiction and Ends Forum Shopping Spree

The Supreme Court has put an end to a jurisdictional contrivance used by the plaintiffs’ bar to shop for a friendly state forum, even if neither the plaintiff, nor the defendant, nor the actionable conduct took place in those...more

CPSC Recall Snapshot - Annual Report

by Alston & Bird on

Welcome to the July edition of the Alston & Bird CPSC Recall Snapshot. Last month, the CPSC released its 2016 Annual Report. The Annual Report was divided among five key strategies: (1) hazard identification and...more

Takata Declares Bankruptcy: What are the Key Next Steps for Suppliers?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On June 25, 2017, Takata’s US arm, TK Holdings Inc. and certain affiliates excluding certain foreign debtors such as Takata Corporation (Japan) (the “Takata US Debtors”), filed chapter 11 cases seeking bankruptcy protection...more

The Fiery Risks of Fourth of July Fireworks

by Howard Ankin on

When Fourth of July fireworks don’t explode where and when they are supposed to, they can cause serious injuries, property damage, and even death. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 2015 was one of the most...more

Guidance for Companies Picking a State for Operations in the U.S.

New District Court Opinion Discussing the Scope of Specific Jurisdiction After Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of San Francisco County,582 U.S. ____ (2017) – Wow, that was quick! A District Court Judge from the...more

An Oldie but a Goodie: A Friendly Reminder About Firework Laws in Texas

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

We covered firework laws several times in the past but it’s always a good reminder as we approach the Fourth of July weekend where fireworks are more than likely in your plans. Below are Texas’ top 10 firework laws you should...more

US Supreme Court Limits Jurisdictions Where Non-US Businesses May Be Sued - The World in U.S. Courts: June 2017 - Special Issue

On June 19, the US Supreme Court decided Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, a case that may make efforts to litigate national product liability and consumer protection suits against non-US companies...more

US Supreme Court strikes death blow against forum shopping in mass actions by limiting personal jurisdiction

by DLA Piper on

On Monday, the US Supreme Court continued its recent trend of contracting personal jurisdiction in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, San Francisco County, No. 16-466, 582 U.S. ___ (2017) by holding...more

Augmented and virtual reality - emerging legal implications of "The Final Platform"

by Reed Smith on

In August 2015, Time Magazine declared that Virtual Realty (“VR”) was about to change the world. A year earlier, Facebook bought Oculus VR for $2.3 billion signalling the impact of what Oculus founder Palmer Luckey referred...more

Supreme Court Tightens Personal Jurisdiction Requirements

by Benesch on

Determining whether a nonresident defendant is subject to a forum state’s jurisdiction became clearer on June 19, 2017, when the United States Supreme Court announced its decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court...more

SCOTUS Finally Ends Litigation Tourism In Product Liability Suits

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

The United States Supreme Court fundamentally changed the practice of product liability litigation in the United States by finally doing away with the “litigation tourism” industry – the common practice of out-of-state...more

New Jersey Stryker LFit V40 Lawsuits Receive Consolidation

On August 29, 2016, Stryker issued a voluntary recall of certain lots of Stryker LFit Anatomic Cobalt Chromium V40 femoral heads, a prosthetic hip replacement device, manufactured before March 2011. This recall included over...more

CPSC Recall Snapshot: The New Norm in Civil Penalties and Fidget Spinners in the Crosshairs

by Alston & Bird on

Welcome to the June edition of the Alston & Bird CPSC Recall Snapshot. Earlier this month, the CPSC announced a $5.2 million civil penalty against a recreational vehicle manufacturer for alleged “failure to report...more

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