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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

Ninth Circuit Improperly Lowers Admissibility Bar for Expert Causation Testimony

by Foley Hoag LLP on

In Wendell v. GlaxoSmithKline LLC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a trial court order that excluded expert testimony concerning the cause of a profoundly rare and deadly disease. The decision...more

For N.D. Cal., Primary Jurisdiction is the “Natural” Outcome

by Reed Smith on

We’ve got food on our mind. Last Sunday, the CBS Sunday Morning show ran its food episode, with segments about, inter alia, a little restaurant in the north of England being rated the best in the world, the Martha Stewart...more

Update on San Francisco Asbestos Trial Dates and Settlement Conference Process

by Selman Breitman LLP on

Judge Lee Going Back To "In-Person" MSC System For Preference And "Five Year" Cases - Judge Lee, the presiding judge of the San Francisco Asbestos Department, has indicated that asbestos cases up against the five year...more

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

by Jones Day on

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

More of What You Will See on Personal Jurisdiction Following BMS

by Reed Smith on

We wrote a few months ago about what you will see from the plaintiffs’ side as they try to evade the Supreme Court’s opinion in BMS v. Superior Court. That opinion has combined with Bauman to reset personal jurisdiction and...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

BMS and Nationwide Class Actions

by Reed Smith on

We have not been shy in predicting that Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court, 137 S.Ct. 1773 (2017) (“BMS”), and Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct. 746 (2014) (“Bauman”), should restrain certain abusive class action...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

State Court Relies Upon Supreme Court’s Bristol-Meyers Squibb Decision to Vacate Jury Verdict Against J&J

by Cozen O'Connor on

The Supreme Court limited a striking vulnerability for product manufacturers in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California this summer when it ruled that out-of-state plaintiffs could not simply claim injuries...more

Smart-Home Devices: Bad HAL

Internet of Things and Smart Homes - With about two billion do-this, do-that and do-the-other gadgets gaining space in big-box stores and online shopping carts – and another seven billion expected to flood the market by...more

Cross-Examining the Expert Witness in a PL Case: What Are the Relevant Facts & Data? (Part 2)

by Wilson Elser on

In the first part of this series, we examined how effective deposition questioning about an expert’s education, training and experience can ultimately call into serious question the expert’s qualifications to serve as an...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

West Virginia Plaintiffs Haunted by Past Excesses

by Reed Smith on

We remember how, shortly after the atrocious decision in Johnson & Johnson v. Karl, 647 S.E.2d 899 (W. Va. 2007), rejecting altogether the learned intermediary rule, litigation tourists visiting West Virginia argued that Karl...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

Kidde Fire Extinguishers Recalled: Check Your Household/Consumer Fire Extinguishers!

by Varnum LLP on

A major manufacturer of fire extinguishers has issued a recall after hundreds of reports of failed or limited fire extinguisher activation and at least one death, in which emergency responders could not get the recalled fire...more

Sixth Circuit Reinforces "Stringent" Pleading Standard in False Claims Act Cases

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The Sixth Circuit's recent decision in U.S. ex rel. Ibanez v. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. reinforced Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 9(b)'s requirement that plaintiffs plead fraud "with particularity" in False Claims Act cases....more

Here Is Why The False Claims Act Is An “Awkward Vehicle” In Pharma Cases

by Reed Smith on

We have always thought that the False Claims Act resides in some sort of alternate universe when it comes to pharmaceutical products. The central concept behind the FCA is easy: The FCA penalizes anyone who presents, or...more

Smart-Home Devices: The Good Stuff

Gadgets with Bluetooth technology, USB ports and wireless capabilities flood the market. Such specialized products adjust air-conditioners, play music and turn on lights. They also can tell whether a particular room in the...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

FAST Act Recall Pilot Program Gets Underway in Maryland

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

One of the more bedeviling problems for the automotive industry (and for manufacturers in general) is how to alert consumers to pending recalls, and getting consumers to comply with those recalls. According to NHTSA, only 70%...more

Standing Out

by Reed Smith on

Last month we brought you word of an excellent result (preemption) in a ridiculous case - a class action claiming that the drops in eye-drops are too big. That decision was in accord with an earlier decision likewise...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

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