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Certification to Utah Supremes on Whether Comment K Applies to Medical Devices – Part 2

by Reed Smith on

Last weekend we returned to Utah, one of the most beautiful states in the USA. Over the years we had taken in the polite delights of Salt Lake City, the powderpuff snow of Park City, and the cinematic enthusiasms of the...more

In a Word - Incredible

by Reed Smith on

Summary judgment isn’t normally available for credibility issues. During the “summary judgment trilogy” of 1986, the Supreme Court stated, “[c]redibility determinations, the weighing of the evidence, and the drawing of...more

Avandia Case Flunks Warning Causation

by Reed Smith on

We’re now into the New Year but aren’t completely done with the old one. The name of the first month of the year, January, is conventionally attributed to Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, gates, transitions, and doorways....more

The Class Action Chronicle - Winter 2017

In this issue, we cover two decisions granting motions to strike/dismiss class claims, three decisions denying such motions, 26 decisions denying class certification or reversing grants of class certification, 22 decisions...more

EDNY Rejects Successor Liability in Hip Implant Case

by Reed Smith on

Happy birthday, Christopher Plummer. The great Canadian actor turns 88 today, and seems as vibrant as ever. What a marvelous career Plummer has had. He is a preeminent Shakespearean actor. We saw him play Iago to James...more

Federal Pre-emption and Aircraft Certification: You Have to Read This Opinion!!

by LeClairRyan on

Originally posted August 11, 2017 - Today, we turn our attention to the latest chapter in a long saga concerning the scope of federal preemption over product liability claims made against manufacturers of certificated...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Preemption of HRT Complaint

by Reed Smith on

Today, December 1, 2017, is the birthday of Gilbert O’Sullivan, who scored a hit back in 1972 with “Alone Again, Naturally,” the saddest song we can think of this side of Albinoni’s Adagio. That is fitting, given our...more

United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation: November Meeting Overview

The next hearing session of the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation is scheduled for November 30, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. Eight matters are set for oral argument to consider motions to transfer each...more

Second Circuit Affirms Exclusion of Plaintiffs’ Experts – and Summary Judgment for Defendant – in Mirena MDL

by Reed Smith on

As we write this, our fair city remains in a blissful haze following our Eagles’ 33-10 rout of the 49’ers to go 7-1 in the NFC East, so it might be appropriate to call today’s opinion a “touchdown.” On the other hand, the...more

Three Strikes And . . . You Get Another Chance?

by Reed Smith on

“Legal conclusions, though, are not entitled to the assumption of truth.” If that were the only point we could take away from Wright v. Howmedica Osteonics Corp., No. 5:17-cv-459, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 168785 (M.D. Fla. Oct....more

Products Liability? Prove It

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Under South Carolina law, a products liability case may be founded in several theories, including warranty. Regardless of the chosen theory, however, a plaintiff must establish (1) he was injured by the product; (2) at the...more

Awful Missouri Venue and Warnings Opinion Affirmed—But Maybe Some Hope

by Reed Smith on

Hope springs eternal. At least that is what the optimists say, and while we would like to see the bright side of the Missouri Supreme Court’s split opinion on venue in Barron v. Abbott Laboratories, Inc., No. SC 96151, 2017...more

Aviations Happenings - Fall 2017

The Fall 2017 edition of Schnader’s Aviation Group newsletter examines some of the most recent and relevant cases and developments in aviation law, including: ·$2.8 Million Verdict Upheld Against Engine...more

Product Liability Update: August 2017

by Foley Hoag LLP on

United States Supreme Court Holds Due Process Forbids Exercising Specific Jurisdiction Over Nonresident Plaintiffs’ Claims Against Nonresident Defendant Where Claims Did Not Arise From Defendant’s Contacts with Forum,...more

Compensatory Damages Allowed to Stand in Depakote Trial, Despite Adequate Warnings and Lack of Warnings Causation

by Reed Smith on

We are beginning to feel like the Drug and Device Law theatre critic. Or perhaps we should say “theatre cheerleader,” as we rarely wax critical (at least about the stuff we include in our blog posts). Last week, we saw the...more

The Luck of The Draw: A Strong Preemption Ruling from an Anticoagulant MDL

by Reed Smith on

We have offered our view that cases seeking to impose liability based on well-known risks found with an entire class of prescription medications tend to be weak. We think design defect claims usually are clearly preempted in...more

SCOTUS Continues to Limit the Exercise of Specific Personal Jurisdiction

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Three years after its decision in Walden v. Fiore, the U.S. Supreme Court issued another decision that continues its trend of limiting the exercise of specific personal jurisdiction over non-resident defendants. In...more

Equipment Manufacturers: Beware of the Rental Yard Customer When Safety Features Are Optional

by Wilson Elser on

Fasolas v. Bobcat of New York Appellate Division (April 1, 2017) - A typical argument made by the plaintiffs and their experts in a design defect/ product liability case is that “Safety should never be an option.” Over...more

Supreme Court Says “No” to “Litigation Tourism”

There has been a lot said already about the effect on product liability (especially drug) cases and “mass actions” as a result of the United States Supreme Court’s June 17, 2017 decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v....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

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

A One-Two-Three Inning

by Reed Smith on

With the Phillies stinking the joint out – off to their worst start since World War II – and both of Boranian’s local teams in last place, too (not as deeply buried as the Phillies), use of baseball imagery might seem a bit...more

Multi-District Litigation Reform and the “Fairness in Class Action Act”

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In addition to it taking a swipe at class actions, the Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2017 (the “Fairness in Class Action Act”), would lead to multi-district litigation...more

Another Accutane Verdict Vacated in New Jersey

by Reed Smith on

No one can be all that happy with how the Accutane mass tort proceeding has played out in New Jersey. We have no involvement in that proceeding, but we have monitored it from afar, and it has been extraordinarily contentious....more

Southern District of Illinois Excludes Plaintiff’s Experts in OTC NSAID Kidney Injury Case

by Reed Smith on

Next week, we are traveling to Budapest, with a side trip to Vienna. We are visiting the Drug and Device Law Rock Climber, who is spending this semester abroad studying computer science (in Budapest) and climbing rocks (in...more

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