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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

Will High Court Provide Clarity On 'Clear Evidence'?

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court may soon revisit one of its seminal decisions defining products liability law for pharmaceutical manufacturers. That decision — Wyeth v. Levine — addressed whether a branded manufacturer could be held...more

The Best Wisconsin Law Decision We’ve Ever Seen, Affirmed

by Reed Smith on

The district judge in the In re Zimmer Nexgen Knee Implant Products Liability Litigation MDL issued a summary judgment order in October 2016 that we called “the best Wisconsin law decision we have ever seen.” What was the...more

Mostly Favorable MIL Rulings in IVC Filters Litigation

by Reed Smith on

Here in Philadelphia, less than a week before the first day of Spring, it is sunny and calm, albeit a bit chilly. Not so last week, when we were hit with the second Nor’easter in less than a week. As much as sixteen inches...more

N.D. Illinois Dismisses Accutane Case for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction

by Reed Smith on

With a little luck on our part, by the time you read this we will be vacationing in a sunnier clime. Our beachfront cottage is an Oddjob’s hat-toss away from where Ian Fleming wrote the James Bond novels. Mind you, we are...more

Another Domino Teetering – Stream of Commerce Personal Jurisdiction after BMS

by Reed Smith on

Several decisions since the beginning of the year, and two appellate rulings in the last couple of weeks, highlight another aspect of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court, 137 S. Ct. 1773 (2017) (“BMS”), that should be...more

Finding A Buckman Gem

by Reed Smith on

At times, we have given a glimpse into the sausage making that goes into our production of posts on recent interesting cases and developments. Part of the process involves standing searches for “published” (including by the...more

M.D. Florida Shoots Down All Breast Implant Claims Except for Negligent Manufacturing Defect

by Reed Smith on

Last year’s list of the Ten Worst DDL cases was remarkable because all ten decisions came from appellate courts. Yikes. And it is not as if the bad appellate decisions were spread around. Two came from our home circuit,...more

Does State Law Really Allow Tort Claims For Failure To Report To Governmental Agencies?

by Reed Smith on

Claims predicating prescription medical product liability claims on purported failure to report adverse events to the FDA – á la Stengel v. Medtronic Inc., 704 F.3d 1224 (9th Cir., 2013) (en banc), Hughes v. Boston Scientific...more

“A” Is For Preemption

by Reed Smith on

The Seventh Circuit taught us recently that the letter “A” is a powerful thing. Of course, we already knew that a well-placed A can convert the ordinary (“typical”) into the extraordinary (“atypical”), the melodic (“tonal”)...more

Bad “Innovator Liability” Decision from the Central District of Illinois in Generic Fluoroquinolone Case

by Reed Smith on

We recently read a news story about a man who was imprisoned for 39 years for a crime he did not commit. The crime was grisly and resulted in the violent deaths of a 24-year-old woman and a small child, leaving a community...more

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

EDNY Lays Out Disclosure/Report Requirements for Nonretained Treating Doctor Experts

by Reed Smith on

When a drug or device case goes to trial, who is the most important witness? Let’s straightaway eliminate the plaintiff as a possible answer to that question. Based on what we’ve heard from jurors (both real and mock), when...more

More Adventures In Personal Jurisdiction - Examining The BMS “Federal Court” Caveat

by Reed Smith on

With plaintiffs desperate to find some way to continue pursuing aggravated, aggregated product liability litigation in their favorite venues after Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct. 746 (2014) (“Bauman”), and Bristol-Myers...more

It Should Be Obvious – An Azzarello Jury Charge Is Reversible Error In Pennsylvania After Tincher

by Reed Smith on

If you’re not interested in Pennsylvania product liability law at the moment, come back tomorrow. This particular post is not limited to (or even primarily about) prescription medical products....more

Off-Label Marketing MDL Winds Down With Some Summary Judgment

by Reed Smith on

We have written extensively on the travesty of the Neurontin trilogy and noted how the plaintiffs’ efforts to fit cases based on alleged off-label promotion of the prescription SSRIs Celexa and Lexapro into the same rubric...more

E.D. Wash. Rejects Successor Liability in Hip Implant Case

by Reed Smith on

Our first stint in a law firm was on the transactional side. Yes, it sounds crazy even to us, but we spent our first 18 months in the profession pulling all-nighters on triple-tier financings of leveraged buyouts, doing...more

Only You Can Prevent….

by Reed Smith on

We’ve seen the latest affirmance of largely identical verdicts in a consolidated MDL trial in Campbell v. Boston Scientific Corp., ___ F.3d ___, 2018 WL 732371 (4th Cir. Feb. 6, 2018). We’re not discussing Campbell’s merits...more

Significant New York Drug and Device 2017 Product Liability Decisions

by Harris Beach PLLC on

To prepare the best product liability defense for pharmaceuticals and medical devices as well as anticipate and strategically plan for future challenges in the medical and life sciences legal world, it is often helpful to...more

Guest Post – The Federal Judicial Center’s Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Project Complicates Litigation In Adopting Districts

by Reed Smith on

Today’s guest post is by Reed Smith‘s Lisa Baird, who has written about her recent experience with mandatory initial discovery, as practiced in a “Pilot Project” in place in certain federal district courts. It was...more

Guest Post – Illinois Court Rejects Novel Claims Alleging Deficiencies In Post-Approval Studies

by Reed Smith on

Today we have a guest post from Reed Smith‘s Elizabeth Minerd discussing a PMA preemption case dealing with unusual “parallel claim” allegations involving the conduct of clinical trials. As always our guest posters are 100%...more

Federal Court Certifies Question to Utah Supreme Court of Whether Comment K Applies to Medical Devices

by Reed Smith on

Strict liability is not the same as absolute liability. We learned that truth in law school, but too many plaintiff lawyers and judges seem to have unlearned it along the way. The key separator between strict liability and...more

The Lawyer Full Employment Action of 2018

by Reed Smith on

On January 30, 2018, Judge Goodwin entered four case management orders in the Ethicon, Boston Scientific, Bard, and American Medical Systems mesh MDLS. These CMOs establish discovery and briefing deadlines for 13200, 6174,...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment for Defendants in Embrel Case

by Reed Smith on

This year’s Academy Award nominations came out last week. That means that we have spent the past few days setting a schedule for seeing all of the Best Picture nominees (well, most – we don’t do war movies and tend to opt out...more

Breaking News – MDL vs. MDL, FDA §510k Clearance Admissible in IVC Filter MDL

by Reed Smith on

As we demonstrated in a post back in 2013, FDA compliance evidence generally - and the fact of a medical device’s clearance as “substantially equivalent” in safety and effectiveness to a predicate device under §510k of the...more

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