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  • March 19, 2018

    When 'A' Stands For Preemption

    The Seventh Circuit recently held that implied preemption of a failure-to-warn claim under Pliva v. Mensing depends on the nature of the drug’s approval process. If a drug is approved through an Abbreviated New Drug Application, federal regulation of drug labeling preempts state-law failure-to-warn claims — even if the drug is technically the “Reference Listed Drug,” says Steven Boranian of Reed Smith LLP.

  • March 16, 2018

    Philly Litigator Rips Opioid Defense Attys At Conference

    A veteran Philadelphia plaintiff's attorney who is representing the city in litigation against drugmakers over the opioid crisis suggested that attention should be paid to the drug manufacturers' lawyers, at a forum on legal responses to the crisis on Friday.

  • March 16, 2018

    Pharma Cos. Liable For Generic Labels, Mass. Top Court Says

    Name-brand drugmakers can be held liable for mislabeled generic equivalents under state law in Massachusetts, home of the nation’s largest bio-pharmaceutical hub, the commonwealth’s top court ruled on Friday in a loss for Merck & Co. and the industry groups watching.

  • March 16, 2018

    Summary Judgment Denial Clears Path For Abilify Trials

    A Florida federal judge late Thursday released a redacted version of an order denying a bid for summary judgment from Otsuka Pharmaceutical and Bristol-Meyers Squibb in multidistrict litigation over alleged side effects of the anti-psychotic drug Abilify, paving the way for trials in consumers' cases this summer.

  • March 16, 2018

    Safeway’s Olive Oil False Ad Deal OK'd, Attys Get $1.4M

    A California judge said Friday she’ll approve Safeway’s settlement that provides a class of store-brand olive oil buyers with a $1.50 voucher or 50 cents cash and awards their attorneys $1.42 million in fees and expenses, resolving allegations the grocery store chain falsely labeled olive oil as “imported from Italy.”

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Product Liability

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  • Lawsuits over potentially unsafe, hazardous, or defective products, including drugs and medical devices, food and beverage products, dietary supplements, and other consumer goods
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