The DDL Blog has paid only sporadic attention to prescription medical product liability in the European Union, with a couple of posts, here and here.  Today, however, we discuss an EU Court of Justice (“E.C.J.”) Advocate General’s opinion concerning medical device product liability, and specifically the extent to which a plaintiff from one of

To keep the DDL blog up and running even through the dog days of Summer, your trusted correspondents try to stagger their vacations.  Bexis recently got back from his typically Hemingway-esque adventure, and now it’s our turn.  Unlike Bexis, if we go hiking anywhere, it is more likely in pursuit of beer or chocolate, not

We don’t know how to mind our own business.
‘Cause the whole world’s got to be just like us.
Now we are fighting a war over there
No matter who wins, you know we can’t pay the cost.

Steppenwolf, “Monster.”

Some might say that John Kay’s musical biopic of American history is as true today

Back in 2009, we named an Alien Tort Claim case, Abdullahi v. Pfizer, 562 F.3d 163 (2d Cir. 2009), to our “bottom ten” list of the worst cases of the year.   We were offended that any court would allow a pharmaceutical company to be prosecuted for irregularities in overseas clinical trials under a law

Is that title a mouthful, or what?

On January 30, the Second Circuit decided Abdullahi v. Pfizer, No. 05-4863-cv(L), 05-6768-cv(CON), slip op. (2d Cir. Jan. 30, 2009) (link here). In a nutshell, plaintiffs pleaded that Pfizer, “working in partnership with the Nigerian government, failed to secure the informed consent” of children (or their

Once upon a time, the phrase “global coordinating counsel” was a bluff. It meant that a firm was defending hundreds of cases for a client in the United States and had recently been asked to kibbitz on one little case filed in Belgium. The guys with a marketing bent seized on this opportunity, replacing the

As we’ve said before, we don’t do Canadian law here. We posted once on that subject, about a year ago, and we were quick to confess our ignorance.

But we were startled by what we heard about Canadian class action law at the ACI conference in New York City last month. One speaker said

When American courts hand down important decisions, we try to act quickly. We link to the decisions as soon as we hear about them, and we try to publish an analytical post within 24 hours.

That’s the life of a blogger.

When stuff comes from Europe, we’re a little slower.

We don’t hear about those