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Innovator Liability – A Word to the Wise

by Reed Smith on

A lot of us attended the annual ACI Drug & Medical Device Litigation Conference in New York City last week. One of the messages sent loud and clear from the initial client round table panel is that our clients don’t like...more

CPSC Issues Final Rule Expanding Phthalate Ban

Nearly ten years after the first three phthalates were banned from children’s toys by Congress, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a final rule on October 27 prohibiting five more. The rule bans the...more

Third Circuit Splits with the Seventh Over Standing To Sue For Alleged Inefficient Design of Eye Drop Dispenser

In a surprising decision and split with the Seventh Circuit, the Third Circuit recently held that plaintiffs have standing to sue for unfair trade practices under the theory that a manufacturer is obligated to optimize the...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

Ninth Circuit Finds Lower Court Erred in Flushing “Flushable” Wipes False Advertising Claims

On October 20, 2017, a unanimous Ninth Circuit panel in Davidson v. Kimberly-Clark Corp., 873 F.3d 1103 (9th Cir. 2017), resolved a circuit-wide split on injunctive standing requirements in the misbranding context. The panel...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

Expiring Soon: Temporary BPA Warning Regs Under Prop 65

With the holidays and end of the year quickly approaching, here is what food and beverage manufacturers and sellers need to know before the temporary Proposition 65 safe harbor warning for Bisphenol A (BPA) exposures expires...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

Food, Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Update | Vol. IV, Issue 7

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USDA Inspector General Recommends Reform of AMS Organic Program for Imports - The USDA Inspector General ("IG") reviewed the Agricultural Marketing Service's ("AMS") process used in determining whether exporting...more

Regulators Share Agendas and Insight on Consumer Protection Enforcement - Highlights from "Navigating the 'Age of Uncertainty'...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Holland & Knight, the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) and the National Bar Association Commercial Law Section on Nov. 8, 2017, held an informative, half-day seminar featuring presentations and a panel discussion...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

CPSC Recall Snapshot - CPSC Phthalate Ban and More on the Earth Magnet Saga

by Alston & Bird on

Welcome to the November edition of the Alston & Bird CPSC Recall Snapshot. The CPSC again saw multiple noteworthy events occur in October. On October 26, 2017, the CPSC issued a final decision and order on Zen Magnets and...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

Court Says “Lights Out” on UL Certification Lanham Act Claim

Last week, a federal judge in Manhattan examined the intersection of false advertising and trademark infringement law in connection with the alleged misuse of a certification mark, and found the plaintiff to be entitled to...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

Full Disclosure: New Labeling for Cleaning Products

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On October 15, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 258, known as the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017 (the “Act”). The Act requires manufacturers of most cleaning products sold in...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

Selling Products In California: Navigating Product Regulations

Big Picture: Product Liability in California - California applies its strict product liability laws to all products put into the stream of commerce and sold to the public, and those laws govern a wide array of products. ...more

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

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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

CPSC Final Rule Prohibits Children’s Toys and Child Care Articles that Contain Specified Phthalates, Removes Interim Prohibition...

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On October 27, 2017, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a final rule prohibiting children’s toys and child care articles that contain specified phthalates. The rule caps off almost a decade of effort...more

Medtronic v. Lohr Has Two Shadows

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For over fifty years, the BBC has been chronicling the exploits of that ultimate learned intermediary, Dr. Who. Over the decades, successive Doctors have crossed swords (or sonic screwdrivers) with a wide variety of enemies,...more

Communities in Crisis: Local Responses to Behavioral Health Challenges

As the opioid and mental health crises continue to gain national attention, local leaders are stepping up to implement programs to address the prevalence and impact of untreated serious mental illness (SMI) and substance use...more

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