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AV START Act Addresses Privacy and Cybersecurity Issues Associated With the Development of Highly Automated Vehicles

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In proposed amendments earlier this week to the current draft of the "AV START Act," the Senate addressed important cybersecurity, data access, and privacy concerns associated with the development of highly automated vehicles...more

Guest Post: Christmas Came Early on December 8 – Favorable Developments in Fosamax & Accutane Litigation

by Reed Smith on

This guest post is by Kevin Hara, an associate at Reed Smith and relatively frequent contributor to the Blog. Here, he discusses two recent favorable procedural developments in further appeals from two really awful decisions...more

Aviations Happenings - Winter 2017

In this issue - 3D Printing: Not Your Old Dot Matrix Printer! - • District Court Again Upholds $2.8 Million Verdict Against Engine Manufacturer in Plane Crash Litigation - • Nebraska Supreme Court Upholds Defense...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

Food Advertising And Compelled Commercial Speech In 2017

According to the Hyper-Chicken, a lawyer from my favorite television show, “freedom of speech applies to what comes out of a mouth, not what goes in.” State of Alabama v. Giant Space Iguana, 273 U.S. O (2976) (chewing corners...more

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

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

Trendy Building Material May Cause Future Problems

We all remember the litigation nightmare surrounding synthetic stucco or EIFS (exterior insulation finish systems) in the recent past. Now, commentators worry that Adhered Concrete Masonry Veneer, also known as manufactured...more

Plaintiff Awarded $27.8 Million in First Xarelto Pennsylvania State Trial

On Tuesday, a jury entered a verdict of $27.8 million against Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Bayer AG’s Bayer Pharmaceuticals Inc. in the first state court trial out of the Philadelphia County Court of...more

The Data Report Episode 24: The Internet of Things

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Module Seven: The Internet of Things (Part I) Litigation attorney Jay Ward discusses the "Internet of Things," or systems of devices interconnected via the internet, in a new module of The Data Report. Jay explores 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

Utah Federal Court Dismisses Birth Defect Failure to Warn Claim

by Reed Smith on

On December 5, 2017, Time Magazine announces its Person of the Year. The publisher called us a week or so ago to say we were PROBABLY going to be named Man (Person) (Blog) of the Year, but we would have to agree to an...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

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

Are EpiPens Friend or Foe?

7 Deaths Associated With Medical Device - EpiPens exist to save lives or stave off severe allergic reactions to drugs, foods, insect bites and other causes of anaphylaxis. They are pocket-sized cylindrical devices that, in...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

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

Regulation of Cosmetics: Is Increased FDA Oversight on the Horizon?

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The cosmetics industry is booming. In 2016, sales of beauty products climbed to more than $400 billion, and that number likely will keep growing. Consumers assume that these products are safe and effective. But a recent study...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

Smart-Home Devices: The Ugly

The Ugly of Technology — Ransomware Technology is fundamentally good and helpful to us; but, like so many things in our modern world, there is the good…the bad…and the ugly. In October 2016, what might have been the largest...more

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