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Two years ago, in Nexus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Central Admixture Pharmacy Services, Inc., 48 F.4th 1040 (9th Cir. 2022), the Ninth Circuit held that the FDCA impliedly preempts private suits brought under state statutes that “rel[y] on the [FDCA], not traditional state tort law theory,” to define state-law requirements. We were so pleased with

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 Lokkart v. Aziyo Biologics, Inc., 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 111265 (C.D. Cal.  May 29, 2024), is yet another case arising from the unfortunate contamination of a batch of tissue allograft with a disease. We have written about similar cases before. These cases have consistently produced favorable precedent concerning state human tissue shield statutes (in

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Plaintiffs’ attorneys are always looking for new ways to sue pharmaceutical companies.  Under the banner of “no good deed goes unpunished,” plaintiffs in California recently sued a prescription drug manufacturer after they took advantage of the manufacturer’s program to help pay for a medicine widely used to treat arthritis and plaque psoriasis.  There are no

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When we tell people what we do, we often get a response, from lawyers and non-lawyers alike, to the effect of, “so you do class actions.”  The somewhat canned response is that “serial product liability litigations” or “mass torts” rarely involve certified classes other than settlement classes because individual factors in personal injury cases almost

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This post is from the non-Reed Smith, non-Dechert , and non-Holland & Knight side of the blog. Everyone else is involved.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is a classic Clint Eastwood spaghetti Western where even the Good may not be all good.  In California state court, a demurrer sustained is a defense win, right?  Although there are some bright spots, In re Ranitidine Cases is one of the ugliest defense wins we have seen in a while, providing leave to amend and a roadmap for further expansion of the Gilead duty-to-innovate.Continue Reading Post-Gilead Heartburn in the California Ranitidine Litigation

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Those of us who took Con Law as first year law students may recall Marbury v. Madison as an early test of the Supreme Court’s place in our nascent republic.  Alliteration being a mnemonic device, some may recall that Madison was Secretary of State James Madison and the decision was written by Chief Justice John

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We observed oral argument the other day before the California Supreme Court in Himes v. Somatics, a case that places California’s learned intermediary doctrine squarely in the spotlight.  A learned intermediary case before the California Supreme Court?  For your ever-vigilant DDL bloggers, that is like Thanksgiving and Christmas wrapped into one! 

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