Bostic v. Ethicon, Inc., 2022 WL 952129 (E.D. Pa. March 29, 2022), is a Pennsylvania mesh case raising a host of familiar issues in a motion to dismiss context. The complaint is of the typically overpleaded (14-count) variety. Dickens was not really paid by the word, but plaintiff lawyers seem to think they might

This post is from the non-Reed Smith side of the blog.

A lawyer is a person who writes a 10,000-word document and calls it a “brief.”— Franz Kafka

Our profession often gets criticized for purposeful confusion via legalese, fine print, or just plain old-fashioned verbosity.  We cannot deny that the loquacious and the prolific

Today’s case isn’t drug/device, but it’s something our defense-oriented readers should know about.  At the tail end of 2021, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court laid this rotten egg:  Commonwealth v. Monsanto Co., ___ A.3d ___, 2021 WL 6139209 (Pa. Cmwlth. Dec. 30, 2021) (“CvM”).  The Commonwealth Court is a unique Pennsylvania judicial body,

We report, with excitement and apprehension, that we have tickets to see Hugh Jackman as Harold Hill in The Music Man next month on Broadway.  The Drug and Device Law Dowager Countess blushes and giggles at the mention of Jackman, and the outing seemed a worthy one, not without apparent urgency given time’s ravages (the

Recently, in the context of an IVC filter case, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals certified two questions to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court:

1. Under Pennsylvania law, must a plaintiff bringing a negligent design claim against a prescription medical device manufacturer prove that the device was too harmful to be used by anyone, or may

No good deed goes unpunished.  One of our very first cases was a pro bono case for the Red Cross following a Northern California earthquake.  The Red Cross gave a local homeowner money to repair her home.  It was a gift.  No strings attached.  Please, take our money and fix your house.  Live long and