State Law Tort Claims

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Federal Preemption Narrowed For Aviation Suppliers In Sikkelee v. Precision Airmotive Corp.

On April 19, 2016, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion on the issue of federal preemption in Sikkelee v. Precision Airmotive Corp. The sixty-one page opinion effectively narrowed the scope of federal...more

The Nature of Workers’ Compensation as Affected by Pain and Suffering

Under the Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Act, M.G.L. c. 152, § 1, et seq., particularly § 15, an employee who is injured in a work-related incident due to the acts of an unrelated third party may seek redress of that...more

Second Circuit Tosses Out Time-Barred Copyright Claims Against Jay Z

Last month, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a New York judge’s decision to dismiss federal copyright and state tort law claims alleged against the hip-hop icon, Jay Z, and his affiliated companies. Mahan v. ROC...more

Government Inaction May Give Rise to Claim for Condemnation Compensation

In a case of first impression in Maryland, the Court of Appeals, Maryland’s highest court, (the “Court”) held on January 22, 2016, that as a preliminary and procedural matter, government failure to act may give rise to a...more

Remembering Scalia, Remembering Riegel

For the second time in a week we are considering a former professor at our law school, though this occasion swims in sorrow. Before he became a Justice on the Supreme Court, before he became a Judge on the DC Circuit, Antonin...more

Alabama Supreme Court Follows Line of Recent Federal Court Decisions Holding That Alabama Law Does Not Recognize a Cause Of Action...

As Chief Judge Steele in the Southern District of Alabama recently put it, “a veritable avalanche” of recent federal cases has found that Alabama law does not recognize a cause of action for negligence or wantonness in the...more

Illinois Supreme Court Narrows Ability for Employees to Sue for Alleged Occupational Diseases

On November 4, 2015, in the case of Folta v. Ferro Engineering, 2015 Il 118070 (2015), the Illinois Supreme Court strengthened the exclusivity provision of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act and Illinois Occupational...more

ANDA Update - October 2015

Federal Circuit Interprets Statutory Requirements for Biosimilar Regulatory Pathway - Amgen Inc., v. Sandoz Inc., (Fed. Cir. July 21, 2015): In a case of first impression, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal...more

Omitted Inventors May Have Standing To Seek Patent Correction Based On “Reputational” Injury

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently ruled that a plaintiff not named as a joint inventor on several patents and pending patent applications has standing to maintain an action to correct inventorship...more

"SLUSA in the Age of Madoff"

Litigation arising out of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme has generated multiple legal developments, including new case law regarding the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act of 1998 (SLUSA). SLUSA provides a powerful...more

New Jersey’s Appellate Division Holds State May Be Liable for Cleanup Costs under New Jersey’s Spill Act

Action Item: On August 26, 2015, in a case of first impression, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court in NL Indus., Inc. v. State of New Jersey, No. A0869-14T3, 2015 N.J. Super. LEXIS 161 (N.J. Super. Ct....more

In Case of Good Judge, Break Glass – Implied Impossibility Preemption in Cases Involving §510(k) Cleared Medical Devices

We have alluded on a couple of occasions to the likelihood that the recent generic drug implied impossibility preemption decisions in PLIVA v. Mensing, 131 S. Ct. 2567 (2011), and Mutual Pharmaceutical Co. v. Bartlett, 133 S....more

Oklahoma Supreme Court Finds Subject Matter Jurisdiction Over Earthquake Claims

Potentially opening the door for litigation that seeks to tie deep-well injection of hydraulic fracturing flowback and other wastewater to damage caused by earthquakes, the Oklahoma Supreme Court unanimously held that state...more

Supreme Court to Review Tribal Jurisdiction Case that Could Impact Doing Business in Indian Country

In its next term, the United States Supreme Court will hear its first case addressing the limits of tribal jurisdiction in seven years, having granted a petition for a writ of certiorari to Dolgencorp and its parent company,...more

Inside the Implied Conflict Preemption Box

Federal preemption in the drug and medical device world is a game of categories. Express preemption versus implied. Conflict preemption versus field preemption. Drugs versus devices, generic versus branded, premarket...more

June Court Decision Round-Up

JDS Technologies, Inc. v. Avigilon USA Corp., Case No. 15-10385, 2015 WL 3603525 (E.D. Mich. June 5, 2015) - U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn denied Avigilon’s motion to dismiss for failing to adequately plead allegations...more

Montana Supreme Court Fails To Reach Constitutionality Of Punitive Damages Cap In Masters Group v. Comerica

A year ago, my colleagues Andy Frey and Rory Schneider wrote this post about a case in which the Montana Supreme Court had been asked to review, among other things, the trial court’s holding that the state’s cap on punitive...more

Eastern District of Pa. Again Recognizes Montreal Convention Exclusively Governs Claims

Action Item: Until there is appellate resolution of the preemptive effect of the Montreal Convention, airlines sued in state court over damages allegedly arising during the course of international transportation should...more

Tenth Circuit affirms federal preemption of state law tort claims for medical devices

In Caplinger v. Medtronic, __ F.3d __ (10th Cir. 2015), the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed dismissal of a patient’s state law tort claims against a medical device manufacturer as preempted by federal law. The Tenth...more

The Fraudulent Joinder Doctrine...It’s Not Just For Fraud Or Joinder

In Weidman v. ExxonMobil Corporation, et al., No. 13-2007 (4th Cir., January 8, 2015), the Fourth Circuit confirmed that the “fraudulent joinder” doctrine requires neither an allegation of fraud nor a situation involving a...more

Abbott v. Banner Health Network - Hospitals Cannot Place Liens on AHCCCS Patients’ Third Party Recoveries

The Arizona Court of Appeals recently handed down this decision holding that hospitals that accept payment from the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (“AHCCCS”) for services to AHCCCS patients cannot later impose or...more

North River Ins. Co. v. Mine Safety Appliances Co., — A.3d —, 2014 WL 5784588 (Del. 2014)

Mine Safety Appliances Company (“MSA”), a safety appliances company, faced a multitude of personal injury claims due to alleged defects in its safety equipment. MSA, in turn, sought costs, including legal fees, costs of...more

Second Circuit Holds That EEOC Charge Does Not Toll State Law Tort Claims

Castagna v. Luceno, No. 13-0796-CV (2d Cir. Mar. 5, 2014): In a case of first impression, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals joined the Seventh and Ninth Circuits, and a majority of district courts, holding that filing...more

Florida Court Holds Assault and Battery Exclusion Applicable to Negligence Claims

In its recent decision in Tower Ins. Co. of New York v. Blocker, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 98296 (M.D. Fla. July 15, 2013), the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida had occasion to consider the scope...more

Could Arbitration Of Cost-Prohibitive State Law Claims Be Compelled While Similar Federal Claims Stay In Court?

A recent decision from a federal district court in Tennessee raises a discrepancy in how the courts treat arbitration agreements that hinder a plaintiff’s state law and federal law claims. Cases under the FAA state that...more

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