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Guest Post – No Way For Non-Resident Plaintiffs To “MacGyver” Their Way Into Illinois Court Due To Forum Non Conveniens

by Reed Smith on

Today’s post is another guest post from Kevin Hara, of Reed Smith, who is on his way to becoming a semi-regular blog contributor. This post is about forum non conveniens, which is more discretionary, and less enforceable...more

Cross-Examining the Expert Witness in a PL Case Part III: Challenging the Methodology

by Wilson Elser on

In this third and last installment of our three-part series examining the type of deposition questioning that can derail your opponent’s expert and set up a successful Daubert challenge, we will look at Daubert’s insistence...more

No Old Kentucky Home for Parallel FDCA-Based Tort Claims

by Reed Smith on

Several years ago, in a post entitled “Negligence Per Se Trivia,” we included the following: "In Kentucky, negligence per se has been codified, and claims based on federal (but not state) statutes or regulations (like the...more

California Court of Appeal Limits Duty of Clinical Study Sponsor to Intervene in Treaters’ Care of Study Participants

by Reed Smith on

Last week, we took a short Western Caribbean cruise to celebrate a jarringly-advanced birthday. While the weather wasn’t an asset (it was 43 degrees when we departed Fort Lauderdale, and hovered in the 60s for most of the...more

New Filings – January 10, 2018

by Perkins Coie on

Community Science Institute v. Target Corp, et al., No. RG18-887565 (Cal. Super. Ct. – Alameda Cnty.): Proposition 65 action alleging Defendant fails to warn consumers that its Up & Up Toddler Beginnings Infant Formula with...more

Florida Supreme Court To Rule On Constitutionality Of Daubert Standard - UPDATED

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

January 10, 2018 UPDATE: The Supreme Court of Florida has scheduled oral argument in the case for March 6, 2018, at 9:00 a.m The Supreme Court of Florida is poised to decide the constitutionality of the Daubert standard...more

PA Superior Court Answers Question of Whether Fair Share Act Applies to Strict Liability Asbestos Claims

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

On December 28, 2017, the Pennsylvania Superior Court published an anticipated ruling on whether the Pennsylvania Fair Share Act, 42 Pa. C.S. 7102, applies to strict liability claims in the context of an alleged...more

In a Word - Incredible

by Reed Smith on

Summary judgment isn’t normally available for credibility issues. During the “summary judgment trilogy” of 1986, the Supreme Court stated, “[c]redibility determinations, the weighing of the evidence, and the drawing of...more

Third Circuit Latest to Hollow Out Bright Line Bare Metal Defense

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

On October 3, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held—in a case of first impression—that a manufacturer of a “bare metal” product may be liable for a plaintiff’s injuries caused by later added...more

WV Supreme Court Kicks Failure to Warn Case Under Michigan Law

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals recently upheld the Mass Litigation Panel’s grant of summary judgment against a class of Plaintiffs alleging birth defects resulting from the use of prescription medicine in...more

Avandia Case Flunks Warning Causation

by Reed Smith on

We’re now into the New Year but aren’t completely done with the old one. The name of the first month of the year, January, is conventionally attributed to Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, gates, transitions, and doorways....more

Where To Find Our Research 3.0

by Reed Smith on

Happy New Year! - It’s been 3 ½ years since we last updated our index to our online research resources. That’s almost ? of the total life of the blog, which started in way back in 2006. We’ve been blogging now for well...more

Ending The Year With Another Good Personal Jurisdiction Decision

by Reed Smith on

Having already issued our posts on the best and worst cases of 2017, we will resist the temptation to comment on the year as a whole, particularly on the powder keg that is politics. We will note, however, two non-legal...more

The Highs - Celebrating the Ten Best Prescription Drug/Medical Device Decisions of 2017

by Reed Smith on

Ending the year on a high note is one thing that the blog tries to do – with the top ten drug/device product liability decisions of the year. Occasionally, a court will do something that ruins the party, with an eleventh-hour...more

Inauspicious Debut for Depakote Plaintiffs’ First Amendment Argument

by Reed Smith on

We’ve been aware of the other side attempting to construct a First Amendment counter-argument to our preemption defense for some time. It first cropped up in a 2015 360 article by a P-side thought leader (no, not necessarily...more

California Appellate Court Upholds Denial of Class Certification on Ascertainability Grounds

On December 4, 2017, a panel of the California Court of Appeal unanimously affirmed a trial court’s denial of class certification for alleged violations of California’s unfair competition, consumer protection, and false...more

Addendum to the Worst Prescription Drug/Medical Device Decisions of 2017

by Reed Smith on

Sometimes it happens.  For eleven years, we have published our annual “worst of” the year post on the Thursday before Christmas and our annual “best of” the year post on the Thursday before New Year’s....more

The Class Action Chronicle - Winter 2017

In this issue, we cover two decisions granting motions to strike/dismiss class claims, three decisions denying such motions, 26 decisions denying class certification or reversing grants of class certification, 22 decisions...more

The Early Effects of Bristol-Myers Squibb on Aviation Product Liability Actions

by Lane Powell PC on

Transportation Legal Update - As practitioners know, courts may exercise personal jurisdiction where the defendant is essentially “at home” in the jurisdiction (general jurisdiction), or where the suit arises out of or...more

Breaking News: TH v. Novartis – California Supreme Court Recognizes New Tort Duties as Traditional Limits Slide into the Sea

by Reed Smith on

We posted our 2017 “Worst 10 decisions” list a day too soon, because the California Supreme Court issued its anticipated decision in TH v. Novartis, No. S233898, slip op. (Cal. Dec. 22, 2017) today, and if it is not the worst...more

Old Republic, New World – Personal Jurisdiction Trending Defendant Friendly

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In a recent decision regarding the scope of personal jurisdiction, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals extended the recent trend of limiting the reach of personal jurisdiction over out-of-state defendants. Old Republic...more

Expert Opinions in the Age of the Internet of Things: “You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat”

by Wilson Elser on

In my September 2016 blog post, The Impact of the Smart Home Revolution on Product Liability and Fire Cause Determinations, I forecast that “dumb products made smart by connecting to the internet will present a new layer of...more

The Lows - Mourning the Worst Prescription Drug/Medical Device Decisions of 2017

by Reed Smith on

The second most successful college basketball coach of all time (in terms of NCAA Division 1 national championships) has said “All of life is peaks and valleys. Don’t let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low.” ...more

Ninth Circuit Undoes Incretin Implied Preemption Ruling – For Now

by Reed Smith on

We reported two weeks ago on an order favoring implied preemption in an innovator prescription drug case coming out of the Eliquis MDL in New York. One week after that order, the Ninth Circuit filed an unpublished opinion...more

Common Defect Found in Multiple-Model Product Liability Class Action

by Bennett Jones LLP on

In a recent case before the British Columbia Supreme Court, N&C Transportation Ltd. v. Navistar International Corp., 2016 BCSC 2129 [N&C], Justice Skolrood certified a multiple-model product liability class action after...more

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