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Sometimes there’s a little something for everyone.  Today’s case has personal jurisdiction, corporate veil piercing, PMA preemption, statute of limitations, and learned intermediary.  Not every decision on these issues goes the way we think it should, and perhaps the thorns outnumber the roses, but it caught our attention nonetheless.

The case is Franks v. Coopersurgical

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We have recently highlighted a few decisions coming out of Hogan v. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., No. 06-Civ-260 (BMC) (EDNY), and we’ve got some good news to report. After a week and a half long liability-only trial in the EDNY Brooklyn division, a six-member jury returned a defense verdict after about five hours of deliberation

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Another state rejects public nuisance in the product liability context – although only after the defendants were forced through “the longest trial in [state] history.”
What did the Rhode Island Supreme Court hold in State of Rhode Island v. Lead Industries Association, Inc., 951 A.2d 428 (R.I. 2008). Here’s a synopsis:
(1) The court finally