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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Clarifies Reach of Commonwealth’s Consumer Protection Law l Hoverboards, Magnetic Balls, and Pet...

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Clarifies Reach of Commonwealth’s Consumer Protection Law - On February 21st, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that Pennsylvania’s consumer protection law allows out-of-state consumers to sue...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

Why 2nd Time Was Not The Charm For Baby Food Class Cert.

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On remand from the Ninth Circuit, Judge Koh last month nixed a plaintiff’s second attempt to certify a nationwide class of Gerber’s baby food purchasers. Her decision is notable for two reasons. First, in denying the...more

Second Time Is Not the Charm: Judge Koh Slams Plaintiff’s Second Bid for Class Certification in Baby Food Case

On remand from the Ninth Circuit, Judge Koh nixed a plaintiff’s second attempt to certify a nationwide class of Gerber’s baby food purchasers. Her decision is notable for two reasons. First, in denying plaintiff’s Rule...more

Product Liability Update: January 2018

by Foley Hoag LLP on

First Circuit Holds Foreseeability of Health Risk Is Standard For Failure To Warn Even Though Claim Is For Property Remediation, And Bulk-Selling Chemical Manufacturer Had Post-Sale Duty To Warn Only Direct Customers Even If...more

Reading the Tea Leaves: Ninth Circuit Further Clarifies Injunctive Standing Issues in Bigelow Tea Cases

On December 20, 2017, the Ninth Circuit refined the injunctive standing requirements in the misbranding context in Victor v. Bigelow and Khasin v. Bigelow (collectively, “Bigelow”), finding that injunctive standing is...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

The F-word and Preemption

by Reed Smith on

There are plenty of f-words in this post, but fear not, for they are all fully capable of traveling in polite company. Most are even family-friendly. The most tasty f-word here is the “F” in FDA: food. While we focus on drug...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

California Appellate Court Upholds Denial of Class Certification on Ascertainability Grounds

On December 4, 2017, a panel of the California Court of Appeal unanimously affirmed a trial court’s denial of class certification for alleged violations of California’s unfair competition, consumer protection, and false...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

Third Circuit Eyes Up Consumers’ Standing, Splits With Seventh Circuit

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Last month, the Third Circuit issued a 2-1 decision in Cottrell v. Alcon Labs., reversing a district court’s dismissal of a class action lawsuit on standing grounds. The putative class in Cottrell is comprised of consumers of...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

A Second Look at Eye-Drop Litigation

by Reed Smith on

Just two days ago, Bexis lowered the boom on the Third Circuit’s recent decision in Cottrell v. Alcon Labs, ___ F.3d ___, 2017 WL 4657402 (3d Cir. Oct. 18, 2017). In a 2-1 decision, the Cottrell court permitted the...more

Unreliable Expert Opinion Does In California Talc Verdict

by Reed Smith on

We are sure you all heard about the $417 million verdict returned recently against a talcum powder manufacturer in Los Angeles, and we are equally sure you heard about the trial court’s order setting the verdict aside a...more

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