High Court Clarifies Tort Law But Skirts Broad Claims

Law360, New York (July 6, 2011, 6:43 PM EDT) -- In significant rulings this term, the U.S. Supreme Court tightened the standards for bringing product liability cases against companies, but showed that it will continue to interpret the intent of a statute when determining whether state tort claims are preempted by federal law or barred by jurisdictional restraints, attorneys say.

The high court took a slightly manufacturer-friendly tilt in their consideration of tort claims this past term, handing wins to generics makers, the childhood vaccine industry, and foreign manufacturers accused of producing products that were defective due to labeling or design.

But the...
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