The product liability firm Bowman and Brooke LLP has opened an office in San Diego with two former Morris Polich & Purdy LLP attorneys who specialize in drug and medical device injury lawsuits.
Jones Day said Friday it has beefed up its business and tort litigation practice area by adding a former assistant U.S. attorney who is a product liability and consumer fraud expert to its Cleveland office.
Atlanta-based Taylor English Duma LLP has snagged a former Bryan Cave LLP pharmaceutical and medical device expert for the firm's new product liability group that is part of its litigation practice.
Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP has reeled back a litigation expert to its London office after he spent a decade as in-house attorney for Big Tobacco firm and Shook Hardy client Philip Morris International Inc., where he was most recently its deputy general counsel, the firm said Thursday.
K&L Gates LLP has bolstered its commercial disputes practice by adding a Watt Beckworth Thompson Henneman & Sullivan LLP litigator with experience in product and professional liability, environmental and energy matters, unfair competition, and intellectual property to its Houston office, it said Monday.
Butler Snow O'Mara Stevens & Cannada PLLC has expanded its product liability, mass tort and environmental group with the recent addition of a former Baker Botts LLP litigation veteran with pharmaceutical expertise to its New York office, the firm announced last week.
Schiff Hardin LLP has snapped up two partners from Goodwin Procter LLP's Washington, D.C., team, including its head of litigation, for Schiff's stable of product liability partners in the nation's capital, the firm announced Tuesday.
Nancy Nord, a commissioner of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission who is wrapping up her eight-year tenure on Friday, told Law360 that she worries the agency's increasingly combative relationship with industry could devolve to the point that the CPSC is forced to rely on litigation to secure recalls.
Inez Tenenbaum, the chair of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, will join Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP's product safety, risk prevention and regulatory practice group after her term expires in October, the firm said Thursday.
Troutman Sanders LLP said Monday it had landed a product liability attorney from McCarter & English LLP with expertise representing manufacturers in the life sciences industry to build up the firm's business litigation practice in New York.
Cozen O'Connor has added five new partners to its New York-based litigation team, increasing its size to more than 40 attorneys specializing in product liability defense, securities, complex contract disputes and other sectors, the firm announced Tuesday.
A civil litigation expert with more than four decades of experience in energy, product liability and real estate has rejoined Hicks Thomas LLP to boost its Dallas office, the firm announced.
Adams and Reese LLP has added to its Nashville office with the hire of a respected entertainment, intellectual property and product liability litigator from Dickinson Wright PLLC who has represented the interests of music industry luminaries Aretha Franklin, Tupac Shakur and Justin Bieber.
A product liability attorney who helped anchor Georgia-Pacific's in-house defense against nationwide asbestos litigation has joined Atlanta firm Taylor English Duma LLP's litigation practice, the attorney confirmed Friday.
Greenberg Traurig LLP has snagged New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former assistant counsel for energy and environment to join its Albany office as of counsel, it announced Tuesday.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has bolstered its mass torts, insurance and consumer litigation group by adding a former Alston & Bird LLP class action and products liability partner to its Los Angeles office, it said Tuesday.
A Louisiana attorney with Baron & Budd PC who represents plaintiffs exposed to toxins took over Wednesday as president of the plaintiffs attorney organization American Association for Justice.
Greenberg Traurig LLP has added a seasoned former Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP litigator with a focus on pharmaceutical and medical device product liability issues and class actions to its Atlanta office, the firm announced Monday.
Swanson Martin & Bell LLP has bolstered its environmental and product liability practice groups by adding seven attorneys, including four partners, to the firm’s Chicago office, it said Tuesday.
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC has picked up a counselor in White Plains, N.Y., experienced in crafting strategies to defeat personal injury, asbestos and other tort claims against clients in the maritime and industrial spaces, the firm said two weeks ago.
No document review mechanism guarantees perfection, however, the adoption of predictive coding has the potential to drastically alter the way documents are reviewed and produced in complex pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, says Jessica Sykora of Norton Rose Fulbright.
You might have heard this before — a cancer patient was treated with Aredia/Zometa, which, it is claimed, caused the patient to suffer from osteonecrosis of the jaw. A lawsuit is filed, the patient subsequently dies from the cancer, the plaintiff lawyers do not file the requisite paperwork to substitute in a new party, and the case is dismissed. But the defendant is not prejudiced by this kerfuffle, right? Wrong, says Stephen McConnell of Reed Smith LLP.
In light of the proposed e-discovery amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, businesses need to set themselves up to efficiently respond to discovery and requests for information from their counsel by implementing and following document-control policies as part of normal business practices. The failure to do so will eventually consume vast amounts of employee time, say Steven Cvitanovic and Colin Murphy of Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP.
A recent class certification denial in a false advertising action challenging Chipotle's "naturally raised" meat claims seems to stem from the growing trend among federal courts of barring class certification on ascertainability grounds, say David Conway and Edward Boyle of Venable LLP.
The Third Circuit’s holding in Agostini v. Piper Aircraft Corp. reinforces conventional wisdom that the time to fight most motions to remand is in the opposition to the motion itself, not in a likely-to-be barred appeal, says Paige Forster of Reed Smith LLP.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not yet indicated whether products with genetically modified organisms can be labeled as “all natural,” nor has it indicated when such a label would be false or misleading. This lack of action has led some courts to stay proceedings in anticipation of a clear determination — the main question for courts in 2014 will be whether to stay future cases in hope of obtaining FDA guidance, says Josh Becker at Alston & Bird LLP.
In Rowland v. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., three Pennsylvania plaintiffs — merely because they were rousted to multidistrict litigation — received the advantage of the different choice-of-law rules for states to which they had no connection, rather than being bound by the choice-of-law rules of their actual domiciliary state. Where, as in Rowland, the plaintiff is a pure litigation tourist, this is an absurd result, says James Beck of Reed Smith LLP.
There are several unique defenses, depending on the state, available to defendant pharmaceutical companies which arise from the discord between consumer protection statutes and prescription drugs, say Yvonne McKenzie and Gabriel Vidoni at Pepper Hamilton LLP.
What is the thinking as to whether leaky air conditioner cases warrant multidistrict litigation treatment? On Dec. 5, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation heads to Vegas to find out. This will bring a temperature shift in more ways than one from the September hearing, where the panel considered a potential MDL proceeding arising from allegedly defective clothes dryers, says Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP.
In addition to continued headline-grabbing litigation involving pharmaceutical companies in the wake of PLIVA Inc. v. Mensing, 2013 brought a number of important cases informing everything from class certification questions and product labeling trends to False Claims Act liability and fracking disputes, say attorneys at Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.