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Morrison & Foerster Achieves Top Ranking in Product Liability, Mass Torts and Class Action (Defense) for Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices

Legal 500 US 2021 has recommended Erin Bosman, David Fioccola, and Jessica Grant, and named Julie Park among its “next generation” practitioners. The publication also recognized Morrison & Foerster as a top firm in Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action (Defense) for Pharmaceuticals …›

A Return to Normalcy? Check Your Local Rules – An Update on Mask Litigation and Guidelines

Nine months ago, we discussed several issues that had been raised by COVID-19 face mask-related litigation.[1] Soon after, COVID-19 infection rates spiked to unprecedented levels. But with the emergency use authorization of three COVID-19 vaccines in the United States, the state of the pandemic …›

Morrison & Foerster Is Recognized As Tier 1 Firm in Product Liability, Mass Torts, and Class Action for Consumer Products

Legal 500 US 2021 has named Erin Bosman, David Fioccola, Jessica Grant, Julie Park, James Schurz, William Tarantino, and Claudia Vetesi among their top product liability and class action practitioners nationwide. The publication also recognized Morrison & Foerster as a top Tier 1 Firm …›

July 6, 2021 - Privacy, TCPA

TCPA-Like Florida Law Takes Effect

Just a few months after the U.S. Supreme Court narrowed the applicability of the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Florida has enacted a law that imposes broad prior consent requirements on phone and text solicitations and provides for statutory damages and a private …›

One Estopp Shop: The Ninth Circuit Weighs in on the Use of Equitable Estoppel to Compel Arbitration in Two Recent Decisions

When can you compel arbitration of a putative class action? The law is developing quickly[1] and still doesn’t provide a crystal clear answer. The Ninth Circuit recently weighed in on two cases examining what happens when the parties don’t have an arbitration agreement to …›

May 18, 2021 - Coronavirus (COVID-19), FDA

New Face Mask Performance Standard Has Consumers Covered

ASTM International recently approved a new performance standard that will tell consumers just how much protection their cloth face masks offer. Some face coverings like N-95 respirators and surgical masks must meet certain filtration requirements enforced by government agencies like the U.S. Occupational Safety …›

FTC Lays Groundwork for Rulemakings: Are New Substantive Competition Rules Coming?

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) appears poised to begin testing the scope of its rulemaking authority, including new substantive competition rules for the first time in decades.[1] On March 25, 2021, FTC Acting Chairwoman Rebecca Slaughter (D) formed a group within the agency’s Office …›