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Warning! If You Assume Your Case Will Survive Because You Have a “Creative” Warnings Expert, You Do So At Your Own Risk

Those of us in the business of defending products look at the world in a slightly different way. When I come across a warning label, I actually study it because in a failure to warn case, the language of the warning, the...more

OSHA To Provide Enforcement Discretion On June 2015, Deadline For SDS

On October 31, 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) responded to an August 2014 petition from the American Coatings Association (ACA) and other trade associations to extend the June 1, 2015,...more

Product Liability Update - October 2014

In this Issue: - Massachusetts Appeals Court Holds Trial Court Properly Instructed Jury on Absolute “Unreasonable Use” Warranty Defense Where Plaintiff Ignored Warning Label and Safety Manual and Had Been Drinking, and...more

Get Ready Now for the Upcoming Proposition 65 Warning Requirements for DINP and Other Chemicals

With the 2014 holiday season fast approaching, businesses should not lose sight of what the Proposition 65 “bounty hunter” plaintiffs’ lawyers are eagerly awaiting. And that’s the opportunity to send out 60-Day Notice letters...more

E-Cigarette Companies Choosing to Use Warning Labels

Several large e-cigarette companies are beginning to brand their e-cigarette vaporizer products with detailed warning labels, without there being a legal mandate for them to do so. It is becoming increasingly frequent for...more

Ongoing Reglan Litigation — New Appellate Ruling

Earlier this week, a Missouri appeals court issued an opinion that will hopefully have a significant impact on ongoing litigation against the manufacturers of metoclopramide, the generic version of Reglan. In this latest...more

Proposition 65 "Reform": Consumer Protection or Litigation Stimulation?

Proposed new regulations may have unintended consequences. Despite the California governor’s call for meaningful Proposition 65 reform and a reduction in frivolous enforcement lawsuits, the California Office of...more

Closing the Loop-Holes in Generic Drug Warnings

The Food and Drug Administration is considering some very important changes to its internal rules that would help to eliminate a loophole in accountability for defective drugs. Under current law, only the brand name...more

Prop 65 Law Alert: California Proposes Significant Changes to Proposition 65 Warning Requirements

On March 7, 2014, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (“OEHHA”), the agency responsible for implementing California’s Proposition 65 (“Prop 65”), issued proposed changes to existing regulations that would...more

The Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Lazy Cakes Suit Where Product Packaging Belies Misrepresentation and Omissions Claims

On November 18, 2013, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court’s dismissal of a putative class action suit against HBB, LLC. Cheramie v. HBB, LLC, Case No. 12-55148 (9th Cir. Nov. 18, 2013). HBB produces Lazy Cakes, a...more

Amendment to Prop 65 Provides Businesses a Grace Period: AB 227 Aims to Reduce Frivolous Lawsuits and Excessive Penalties

Gov. Brown recently signed Assembly Bill 227 into law, which amends California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, otherwise known as Proposition 65. Prop 65 provides that businesses may not expose...more

Cocamide-DEA Causing Prop. 65 Headaches for Personal Care Products Companies

When Proposition 65 (Prop. 65) warning requirements took effect for a common ingredient in shampoo and skincare products this past June, the plaintiffs’ bar took notice. To date, 29 notices of violation have issued to dozens...more

Incremental Reform Bill Passes, But Governor’s Broader Changes Stall

California Gov. Jerry Brown promised earlier this year to get serious about reforming some of what the business community calls the worst abuses of Proposition 65 (Prop. 65) – changes in the definition of what constitutes a...more

New Football Helmet Warning Labels Beg the Question – Do you really want to get your head in the game?

Football helmet companies make attempts to avoid future athletes’ injuries and lawsuits: The topic of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in sports has recently become a very pressing issue. Most notably, the occurrence of...more

California Appellate Court Emphasizes Significance of Warnings for Manufacturers Seeking to Avoid Liability in Product Misuse...

On July 9, 2013, the Second Appellate District of California handed down an opinion curtailing the pursuits of plaintiffs attempting to inflate their claims by dragging in manufacturers of products used in conjunction with,...more

Pre-Emption of State-Law Design-Defect Claim Against Generic Drug Company

On June 24, 2013, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court in Mutual Pharmaceutical Co., Inc. v. Bartlett held that state-law design-defect claims based on the inadequacy of a generic drug’s labeled warnings are pre-empted...more

Generic Drug Preemption Expanded by Supreme Court's Bartlett Decision

Not surprisingly, the Supreme Court reaffirmed the broad preemptive scope of PLIVA, Inc. v. Mensing, 131 S. Ct. 2567 (2011), and further extended the reach of impossibility preemption to design defect claims, in issuing its...more

Proposition 65 Reform Efforts Drawing Strong Support From Legislature and Governor

There may be reforms coming to Proposition 65 (Prop. 65) after several previous failed attempts and a growing chorus of complaints from business large and small over the years concerning the unfairness of the law, which was...more

U.S. Supreme Court Bartlett Decision in Favor of Generic Drug Manufacturers

In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court held that state law design defect claims against manufacturers of generic pharmaceuticals are preempted by federal law when the claim hinges on the adequacy of the drug's...more

Mutual v. Bartlett Further Shields Generic Drug Manufacturers from Liability

Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued its ruling in the much-anticipated Mutual Pharms. Co. v. Bartlett, No. 12-142 (on appeal from the First Circuit Bartlett v. Mutual Pharms. Co., 678 F.3d 30 (1st Cir. 2012)). As we...more

Out of the Box - Volume 1, Issue 1, June 2013: Proceed With Caution When Warning Product Users

For most consumer product companies, in-house counsel and risk managers can never be too careful when it comes to providing warnings or other disclosures that describe (and qualify) the potential risks and benefits associated...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - May 9, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus - Gov. Brown joins move to rewrite California's Prop. 65 - The Sacramento Bee - May 7: Gov. Jerry Brown is throwing his weight behind a push to update Proposition 65, California's defense...more

Medical Device Update: FDA Regulation of Tanning Beds, “Henceforth to be Known as Sunlamp Products”

Yesterday, we reported that FDA had announced its intentions of reclassifying sunlamp products and requiring labeling changes to include warnings discouraging young people from using them....more

Product warning labels - How well-written product warning labels can lessen a company’s liability

When screwdrivers were created, they had an obvious use — to turn screws. But over time people started using them as chisels and pry bars, which led to injuries and the addition of warning labels that laid out the proper use...more

Quitting Smoking? How Chantix May or May Not Be Able to Help

Individuals looking to quit smoking may turn to popular smoking-cessation drugs like Chantix (varenicline). Almost everyone has seen the commercials for Chantix, where a handful of people indicate that the drug has helped...more

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