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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

by Reed Smith on

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

Second Circuit Affirms Exclusion of Plaintiffs’ Experts – and Summary Judgment for Defendant – in Mirena MDL

by Reed Smith on

As we write this, our fair city remains in a blissful haze following our Eagles’ 33-10 rout of the 49’ers to go 7-1 in the NFC East, so it might be appropriate to call today’s opinion a “touchdown.” On the other hand, the...more

Medtronic v. Lohr Has Two Shadows

by Reed Smith on

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

Three Strikes And . . . You Get Another Chance?

by Reed Smith on

“Legal conclusions, though, are not entitled to the assumption of truth.” If that were the only point we could take away from Wright v. Howmedica Osteonics Corp., No. 5:17-cv-459, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 168785 (M.D. Fla. Oct....more

Preemption as a Mass Tort Talisman?

by Reed Smith on

A talisman is something thought to protect whoever has it from evil or harm. In the old days a talisman might be something like garlic to ward off vampires or the Seal of Solomon to keep away various evil spirits. Nowadays,...more

M.D. PA Declines to Dismiss Monitoring/Declaratory Judgment Action vs.  Blood Temperature Regulation Device

by Reed Smith on

We thought we were on a winning streak on medical monitoring. In August, we blogged about plaintiff lawyers stumbling in their efforts to walk the not-quite-yet-injury line. In September, we blogged about a denial of a...more

Staying The Course In A Mississippi Drug Case

by Reed Smith on

Defense hacks. Homers. Biased. These are just a few of the labels we have applied to the authors of this Blog. While we recognize our leanings and strive to offer something more than just cheering a decision for the defense...more

Federal Jury Returns $140 Million Punitive Verdict Against AbbVie In Second AndroGel Trial

As my colleague Andy Frey and I reported in an earlier post, an Illinois federal jury in July returned a $150 million punitive verdict against AbbVie without awarding the plaintiff any compensatory damages. That verdict is...more

Missouri Court Vacates Talc Verdict: Cites Lack of Personal Jurisdiction

by Polsinelli on

Vacating a $72 million talc verdict against Johnson & Johnson, the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, held that the case should never have been tried in the City of St. Louis, Missouri. The plaintiff did not live in...more

MDL Direct Filing & Personal Jurisdiction

by Reed Smith on

Bexis gave a talk the other day at the Washington Legal Foundation on personal jurisdiction after last term’s United States Supreme Court decisions in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court, 137 S. Ct. 1773 (2017)...more

Double Preemption Win in Amiodarone Litigation

by Reed Smith on

With PLIVA, Inc. v. Mensing, 564 U.S. 604 (2011), and Mutual Pharmaceutical Co. v. Bartlett, 133 S. Ct. 2466 (2013), preemption arguments in cases involving generic prescription drugs has become a little like shooting fish in...more

Empty Gestures – Pennsylvania’s Right To Try Legislation

by Reed Smith on

For the second time in three years the Pennsylvania legislature has proven itself entirely unable to carry out its most basic function, which is to pass a budget – any budget – which is balanced and otherwise meets...more

Fraud on the FDA? If Not Preempted, It Is Trumpery

by Reed Smith on

With Bexis having originally conceived the preemption argument that became Buckman Co. v. Plaintiffs Legal Committee, 531 U.S. 341 (2001), we are always on the lookout for ways in which plaintiffs attempt to circumvent...more

Off-Label Marketing Case Tossed

by Reed Smith on

Implied Preemption. Off-label promotion. TwIqbal. They make up a core of our posts, yet we never seem to tire of them. Maybe our readers, especially interlopers from the other side of the v., tire of reading about them,...more

N.Y. Court Holds that Manufacturer Cannot be Responsible for Medical Malpractice

by Reed Smith on

We harbor a suspicion that half the drug/device tort cases we encounter are really medical malpractice cases in search of a deeper pocket (thank you medmal damage cap statutes). We’ve said before that both Levine and Riegel...more

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