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That’s No Autodialer: D.C. Circuit Unwinds 2015 FCC TCPA Ruling

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

This article addresses the Court’s reversal of over a decade of confusion regarding autodialers. The TCPA defines an autodialer (automatic telephone dialing system, or ATDS) as “equipment which has the capacity (a) to store...more

Revoking Contractual Consent is Different: D.C. Circuit Unwinds 2015 FCC TCPA Ruling

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

Here, we address one significant component of the decision: the D.C. Circuit’s confirmation that consumers may revoke consent to call by any reasonable means but with the qualification that parties may be able to contract...more

No Safe Harbor for Reassigned Numbers: D.C. Circuit Unwinds 2015 FCC TCPA Ruling

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

Here, we examine the D.C. Circuit’s reversal of not simply the one-call safe harbor for reassigned numbers imposed by the FCC’s 2015 TCPA ruling but also the Commission’s treatment of reassigned numbers as a whole. ...more

Legal Black Holes Proliferate After Stephen Hawking’s Death – Massachusetts Allows Somewhat Limited Innovator Liability

by Reed Smith on

Stephen Hawking may have been the smartest guy in the world, even though he believed that “People who boast about their I.Q. are losers.” Hawking is best known for his work on black holes. As used in physics, a black hole...more

D.C. Circuit Unwinds 2015 FCC TCPA Ruling: An Overview

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

In a watershed case, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) unwound key components of the controversial 2015 ruling by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission)...more

Guest Post – Indiana District Court Dismisses Plaintiff’s Lawsuit Against Pharmaceutical Manufacturer For Disclosure of Private...

by Reed Smith on

We have another guest post today, from Reed Smith‘s own Erica Yen. This one is about a recent, interesting decision concerning the interaction between the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) and the...more

How an Amicus Brief Can Win an Appeal

Economists are endemic to antitrust litigation. Their expertise is often necessary to explain why the conduct or merger at issue will have no impact (or a huge impact!) on competition in a market. ...more

The State AG Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge Files to Run for Reelection- According to reports, Republican AG Leslie Rutledge has filed to run for reelection to a second term in 2018. AG Rutledge, the...more

Patience is Waning: Courts Start Reversing Themselves on TCPA Stays as Delay on Omnibus Ruling Continues

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

It has been 15 months since oral argument in the ACA’s appeal of the FCC’s 2015 Omnibus, and courts are starting to lose patience waiting for a decision by the D.C. Circuit. Last week, two district courts in California...more

More on BMS & Nationwide Class Actions

by Reed Smith on

Speed. Some things move faster than others. When we viewed last August’s solar eclipse, in Tennessee, the Moon’s shadow was moving along the Earth at a rate of about 1,450 miles per hour. Depending mostly on latitude, your...more

A Shot in the Arm: Second Circuit Holds Flu Shot Text Messages Didn’t Violate TCPA

Earlier this month, the Second Circuit ruled that Mount Sinai Health System did not violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) when it sent automated flu shot text message reminders to patients. The three-judge...more

Pennsylvania Risperdal Decision Doesn’t Go As Far As Plaintiffs Suggest

by Reed Smith on

While the recent Pennsylvania Superior Court Risperdal decision is not a defense victory, it is certainly not as favorable for plaintiffs as they are making it out to be. While several issues were presented for appeal in...more

No Old Kentucky Home for Parallel FDCA-Based Tort Claims

by Reed Smith on

Several years ago, in a post entitled “Negligence Per Se Trivia,” we included the following: "In Kentucky, negligence per se has been codified, and claims based on federal (but not state) statutes or regulations (like the...more

Where To Find Our Research 3.0

by Reed Smith on

Happy New Year! - It’s been 3 ½ years since we last updated our index to our online research resources. That’s almost ? of the total life of the blog, which started in way back in 2006. We’ve been blogging now for well...more

The Highs - Celebrating the Ten Best Prescription Drug/Medical Device Decisions of 2017

by Reed Smith on

Ending the year on a high note is one thing that the blog tries to do – with the top ten drug/device product liability decisions of the year. Occasionally, a court will do something that ruins the party, with an eleventh-hour...more

Breaking News: TH v. Novartis – California Supreme Court Recognizes New Tort Duties as Traditional Limits Slide into the Sea

by Reed Smith on

We posted our 2017 “Worst 10 decisions” list a day too soon, because the California Supreme Court issued its anticipated decision in TH v. Novartis, No. S233898, slip op. (Cal. Dec. 22, 2017) today, and if it is not the worst...more

The Lows - Mourning the Worst Prescription Drug/Medical Device Decisions of 2017

by Reed Smith on

The second most successful college basketball coach of all time (in terms of NCAA Division 1 national championships) has said “All of life is peaks and valleys. Don’t let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low.” ...more

Still No “Newly Acquired Information,” Eliquis Claims Still Preempted

by Reed Smith on

The defendants in the Eliquis MDL have turned somewhat of a preemption hat trick. The latest order is In re Eliquis (Apixaban) Prods. Liab. Litig., No 17-md-2754 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 29, 2017), where the district court dismissed...more

Unavoidably Unsafe PMA Medical Devices

by Reed Smith on

When it comes to design defect claims and FDA pre-market approved (“PMA”) medical devices, “preemption” is our reflexive reaction. That’s entirely reasonable, given the many decisions that preempt state-law design-related...more

PMA Preemption & Fraud by Omission/Concealment

by Reed Smith on

As our PMA preemption scorecard makes clear, warning claims are preempted under Riegel v. Medtronic, Inc., 552 U.S. 312 (2008), because the preemptive language, “different from or in addition to,” precludes plaintiffs from...more

The Opioid Epidemic – What Kind of a Problem Is It?

by Reed Smith on

We know that our blogposts are carried by legal aggregating services, such as Lexology and JDSupra. Some of you may even be reading this post via one of these services. In addition to writing for them, we actually read...more

C.D. Cal. Excludes Three Plaintiff Experts in Breast Implant Case

by Reed Smith on

It is not as if we are delighted to see efforts to resuscitate breast implant litigation, but we won’t groan when the rulings are as good as they are in Laux v. Mentor Worldwide, LLC, No. 2:16-cv-01026-ODW(AGR) (C.D. Cal....more

Non-News: Warnings Claims For A Generic Drug Preempted (Still)

by Reed Smith on

We can be inundated with news. Old news. New news. Fake news. Breaking news. News that makes you want to break something. News that makes you want to go back to bed. In trying to be discerning consumers of the news, it...more

No Voluntary Dismissal for Plaintiffs, and a Summary Judgment Win for Defendants, in Central District of California Risperdal Case

by Reed Smith on

In the mass torts world in which we find ourselves, glimmers of jurisprudential light can seem few and far between. Two things we love are good warnings causation decisions and sneaky plaintiffs getting caught at their own...more

Guest Post – Accutane Amici Say: Relax Somewhere Else – Expert Testimony in New Jersey Should Be Held to a Higher Standard

by Reed Smith on

The Accutane litigation in New Jersey has been covered closely by this Blog for its duration. The Blog’s most recent Accutane post evaluated the Appellate Division’s decision to reverse the trial court’s order excluding...more

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