You may have read in the legal or mainstream press that the Fifth Circuit rejected challenges to the Vioxx Master Settlement Agreement. In re Vioxx Products Liability Litigation, 2010 WL 2802352 (5th Cir. July 16, 2010). That’s all well and good, but what really interested us was not given significant play in the media,

What is it about law professors? They start out like the rest of us lawyers. They usually have the same backgrounds and receive the same legal educations we do. When the rest of us go into practice, we have to back up everything we say with facts, studies, testimony, cases, etc. But the statements of

One side effect of the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation’s refusal to make the pain pump cases an MDL is that many different courts are ruling on the inadequacy of the pain pump complaints. The Western District of Pennsylvania took its turn last week in Kester v. Zimmer Holdings, Inc., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS

Courts tend to overreact to Supreme Court decisions. The Supreme Court rules for a plaintiff on a specific ground and suddenly lower courts overwhelmingly rule for plaintiffs who bring even remotely similar claims. Eventually the right case works its way back to the Court, which holds that plaintiffs don’t always win, as anyone reading the

Most lawyers’ eyes light up when they talk about the big, bold, flashy pieces of judicial work. Justice Scalia’s opinions, especially his dissents. Judge Posner’s exercises in legal scholarship. Judge Kozinski’s witty amalgamations of law and pop culture.

We like those works well enough, but we also appreciate finely tuned but less flashy opinions that