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Brand-Name Manufacturers Could Be Liable for Generic Drug Injuries, Says Massachusetts Supreme Court

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On March 16, 2018, Massachusetts joined a growing minority of states — California, Vermont and Illinois — recognizing innovator liability of name-brand drug manufacturers. Rafferty v. Merck & Co., Inc., SJC-12347, 2018 WL...more

California Federal Court: “All Sums” Allocation Applies to Meso Case Under CA and NY Law

by White and Williams LLP on

On March 15, 2018, a California federal court (for the Northern District) ruled that under either California or New York law an “all sums” allocation applies to claims for coverage for an underlying mesothelioma wrongful...more

Third Circuit Issues Precedential Ruling on Express Preemption for Hybrid Medical Devices

by Cozen O'Connor on

The Third Circuit has become the first U.S. Court of Appeals to address the application of the express preemption provision in the Medical Device Amendments of 1976 to hybrid medical devices. Hybrid medical devices are...more

Minnesota Court Excludes Plaintiff Expert Opinions For Lack of General Acceptance

by Reed Smith on

All of us – defense lawyers, plaintiff lawyers, and judges – tend to assume that the federal Daubert standard for admissibility of expert testimony is more rigorous than competing standards, particularly the Frye standard,...more

Italian Supreme Court Upholds Class Action Ruling on Misleading Advertising

by Jones Day on

The Situation: On January 31, 2018, the Italian Supreme Court ruled on the first Italian product-related class action promoted by a consumers' association. The Result: The Court upheld the consumer's class action claim...more

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Recognizes ‘Innovator Liability’

On March 16, 2018, in a matter of first impression in Massachusetts, the Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) joined a minority of states in recognizing a tort theory of “Innovator Liability” – namely, that brand-name drug...more

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

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

Beware the Empty Space: No Slack in Slack Fill Cases, Which Continue to Flood Courts

by Bryan Cave on

As we previously reported, slack fill litigation remains on the rise. Plaintiffs continue to file consumer lawsuits – typically putative class actions – alleging food packaging is deceptive because it contains empty space, or...more

Superior Court of Pennsylvania Rejects Pre-Tincher Product Liability Jury Instruction and Grants Tincher Defendant a New Trial

by White and Williams LLP on

Despite the monumental change in product liability law brought about by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s 2014 decision in Tincher v. Omega Flex, many plaintiff attorneys have continued to push judges to give jury instructions...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

Missouri Supreme Court Talc Decision Alters Landscape

by Polsinelli on

On March 6, the Missouri Supreme Court declined to review the intermediate appellate court’s decision in Fox v. Johnson & Johnson, which vacated a $72 million talc verdict awarded in St. Louis City Court. ...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

New York Court Declines to Adopt Market Share Liability in Foil Pan Case

by Harris Beach PLLC on

A recent product liability case involving foil pans and market share liability is a win for the defendants. In a products liability action, identification of the exact defendant whose product injured the plaintiff is...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

Round One Goes to Roundup: Court Temporarily Enjoins Proposition 65 Warnings for Glyphosate and Glyphosate Residues in Foods

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Last Monday, February 26, 2018, a federal judge temporarily barred California from requiring cancer warnings on products that contain detectable amounts of glyphosate—the main ingredient in Monsanto’s flagship herbicide...more

Aviation Happenings - Spring 2018 - Part A

...California District Court Dismisses Suit Against Airbus and Rolls Royce on Forum Non Conveniens Grounds - On December 11, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California granted defendants Airbus S.A.S....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

Snell & Wilmer Defends Yamaha Rhino in Nevada Trial

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Snell & Wilmer attorneys Dan Rodman and Morgan Petrelli recently represented Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. in the trial of a 2006 Yamaha Rhino rollover lawsuit in the Eighth Judicial District Court of Nevada (Case No....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

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