Earlier this year we discussed the application of Buckman Co. v. Plaintiffs Legal Committee, 531 U.S. 341 (2001), to a variety of private litigation that sought to second-guess the FDA’s drug or medical device classification decisions.  Then we followed up with what we described as a “doozy” of a case along the same lines,

Today we have another guest post from friend-of-the-Blog, Dick Dean at Tucker Ellis.  He’s familiar with the ongoing Pradaxa litigation and is pleased with the preemption pummeling Pradaxa plaintiffs have been receiving.  Here’s his post about yet another favorable decision from the state-court Pradaxa proceedings in Connecticut.  With decisions like this, who needs snap

A great woman once said “When they go low, we go high.”  Apropos of nothing in particular these days, we have been thinking about the issue of tone recently.  For instance, what is the exact line between a negative political advertisement and a positive one?  Are there circumstances where a candidate might suspend negative ads

Lyons v. Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 2020 WL 5835125 (N.D. Ga. Sept. 29, 2020), was a wrongful death action alleging that the anticoagulant drug Pradaxa was defective and not accompanied by adequate warnings that blood plasma concentrations should be monitored and that certain patient characteristics, such as age, renal impairments, and concomitant statin

We have blogged about class actions; we have blogged about preemption; we have blogged about social media; we have blogged about alleged economic loss; and we have blogged about alleged product defects—endlessly.  Rarely, however, have we blogged on all of these topics in a single post.

Today is the day, and the topic is an

Not too long ago we researched and posted about how preemption precludes private plaintiffs from second-guessing FDA decisions on the marketing and classification of the products the Agency regulates.  Looking through that post again, we note that quite a few of those decisions (although well less than half) involved commercial disputes of one sort or

The order of operations can matter.  Back in elementary school, you may have learned a mnemonic about somebody’s aunt to help you remember the right order for doing certain math problems.  In computer programming, engineering, auto repair, surgery, and a myriad of other endeavors, you can get very different results if you take the same

Long ago, when we first started representing the makers of prescription pharmaceuticals, it was said that people did not tend to sue over life-saving medications.  Contraceptives, pain medications, obesity medications, diabetes medications, psychiatric medications, and many others were fair game, even if the risk-benefit calculus for an individual patient might involve major benefits on one

Recently, largely related to the dubious pleasure of home ownership, we have had multiple occasions on which we were forced to shrug our shoulders and proclaim, “Nothing’s perfect.”  To wit, we recently noticed a small wet spot on our bedroom ceiling.  The roofing company discovered that the corresponding section of the roof was too shallow