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Smith v. Angiodynamics, Inc., 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 73561 (M.D. Alabama April 23, 2024), offers the veritable mixed bag of rulings. The plaintiff alleged that an implanted vascular device fractured, resulting in pieces of the device migrating to the plaintiff’s heart. The plaintiff underwent surgery to remove the fragments.  The plaintiff’s lawsuit included claims

Coblin v. Depuy Orthopaedics, Inc., 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 62114 (E.D. Kentucky April 4, 2024) is the ultimate dodged bullet.  It is part of a multidistrict litigation.  That’s bad enough. Then it gets worse.  It’s not just any MDL, it’s the hip implant MDL. Then it gets even worse. This Coblin decision involves a

In early Summer we will be attending yet another bench and bar conference on Multidistrict Litigations.  The organizer of the conference recently asked us to switch from a panel focusing on MDL problems to a panel discussing potential solutions.  Of course, we agreed, because we’re all about being cooperative and constructive. Right?  Not really. Grousing

Before we dive into today’s case, Avrin v. Mentor Worldwide LLC, 2024 WL 115672 (C.D. Cal. March 15, 2024), we offer two preliminary observations:

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McMillian v. Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 44783 (March 13, 2024), is another example where a court shot down a belated, post-remand attempt by a Taxotere plaintiff to change the allegations of her complaint. You might think that we will mimic some of our earlier posts about remand courts fixing a mess

In the last couple of years we have gone to plenty of Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) court conferences.  We’ve also gone to plenty of bench-bar conferences about MDLs. From the defense point of view, the key issues are early vetting of cases, even-handed discovery, and avoidance of bellwether trials where the deck is stacked in favor

Last week we read a couple of online articles, including in the ABA Journal, about the unique questioning style of United States Senator John Kennedy (R- Louisiana) when it comes to federal judicial nominees. 

By now, we all know how judicial  nominees do the usual dance of saying as little as possible. Understandably, they decline to

Back in 1997, a Chicago Tribune columnist wrote a hypothetical commencement speech that garnered a lot of attention. Like most commencement speeches, it offered uplifting advice to the bright young minds about to enter the working world. Unlike most, it directed the graduates to wear sunscreen.  That suggestion (often wrongly attributed to Kurt Vonnegut) became