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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

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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

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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

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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"

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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

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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

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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

PERS Company Prevails at Trial of Wrongful Death Suit

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

A recent case involving a PERS (Personal Emergency Response System) was decided in the Appellate Court of Connecticut, Theodore v. Lifeline Sys. Co., 173 Conn. App. 291, 2017 Conn. App. LEXIS 211 (Conn. App. Ct. May 23,...more

Supreme Court Swats Down the “Voluntary-Dismissal Tactic”

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Let’s say you’re a plaintiff in a federal action and you’re seeking class certification. The district court denies your motion. ...more

Closing the Door on Hybrid Product Defect-Fraud Claims

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

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

California’s Insurance Commissioner Encourages Admitted Carriers to Insure Cannabis Risks

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Members of Wilson Elser’s Cannabis Law practice attended a teleconference led by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones with 63 insurance industry stakeholders on May 22, 2017, to discuss insurance requirements set...more

CPSC Recall Snapshot - Tensions Rise on Mandatory Standards

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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

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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

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