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Supreme Court Solidifies Specific Jurisdiction Analysis To Dismiss Product Claims Filed Against Non-Resident Defendant, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.

Product manufacturers routinely hauled into court in far away, inconvenient jurisdictions can breathe a little easier with the Supreme Court’s decision this week in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California. A group of plaintiffs, most of whom were

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SCOTUS Decisions May Provide A Roadmap to Enforcing Arbitration Clauses Included In Product Packaging

It is open opinion season at the U.S. Supreme Court, and two recent decisions pertaining to the enforceability of arbitration clauses provide guidance to manufacturers looking to bind consumers through the use of product packaging. In Kindred Nursing Centers Limited

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Lack of Specificity May Kill Parallel State Law Product Claims, But Not Fraud Claim

A Michigan district court judge determined last week that product liability claims against an FDA approved medical device manufacturer were preempted by federal law, but allowed the plaintiff’s claim of fraud against the manufacturer, Medtronic, Inc., to proceed at the

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FDA Issues New Draft Guidance Requiring Modifications to Medical Device Tracking Labels

The Food and Drug Administration released draft guidance last week revealing its intent to better track medical devices, from pacemakers to condoms, through an amendment to its 2013 “UDI (unique device identifier) Rule”.  The draft guidance is intended to assist

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New Weapon For Manufacturers: Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

On May 11, 2016, President Barack Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (the “DTSA”), which provides a federal civil cause of action to manufacturers for the misappropriation of trade secrets under the Economic Espionage Act.  While the

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U.S. DOT Moving Closer to Certification of Driverless Cars

Motor vehicle design continues to make significant technological leaps incorporating a number of automated features, with many manufacturers pioneering the concept of driverless cars. What was once the stuff of science fiction is making significant headway towards full-scale production and

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Olympus Duodenoscope Recall: Lessons Learned on How to Manage a Class II Device Failure

Earlier this year Olympus Corp. (“Olympus”) announced that it would recall and redesign its TJF-Q180V duodenoscope following its link to deadly patient infections in the United States and abroad.  This situation presents an important cautionary tale and one that is

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The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2016 – What It Can Mean For Consumer Product Manufacturers

Last year, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Bob Goodlatte (R. Va.), proposed the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2015-2016 (H.R. 1927).  The Act passed the House last week on January 8, 2016, and is presently before

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What the United States Supreme Court’s Decision in DirecTV v. Imburgia Means For Your Consumer Agreements and Arbitration Clauses

Last week, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in DirecTV v. Imburgia, 577 U.S. ___ (2015).  This decision is important for manufacturers of consumer products because it fortifies the ability to incorporate and rely upon arbitration clauses as

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A Step by Step Guide To Maximizing The Use of Social Media In Defending Product Liability Claims

As most people are aware, social media has become pervasive in the daily lives of the vast majority of Americans.  Social media provides us with an instantaneous way to share our thoughts and experiences with others.  Doing so creates an

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