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Join Us: Drug & Medical Device Litigation Conference

MoFo is a proud sponsor of the American Conference Institute’s Drug & Medical Device Litigation Conference, the premier products liability litigation event for the pharmaceutical and medical device industries for the past 24 years, to be held virtually on December 8 – 9, 2020. Erin …›

November 5, 2020 - Class Action, MDL

A Rule 23 Negotiation Class? Not So Fast!

In the sprawling National Prescription Opiate Litigation (MDL 2804), proponents of a “negotiation class” recently asked the Sixth Circuit for en banc review of a September 2020 decision that struck down the novel class mechanism. Arguing that the 2-1 panel decision imposed an impermissibly …›

Does a Consumer Arbitration Agreement Apply to a Company’s Future Affiliates? The Ninth and Fourth Circuits Disagree

If a company enters an arbitration agreement with a consumer, can its future affiliate companies enforce the arbitration agreement even though the affiliate relationship did not exist at the time the consumer signed the agreement? The Ninth Circuit recently answered “no” in Revitch v. …›

Court Finds No Private Right of Action Under Consumer Product Safety Act for Alleged Violation of Voluntary Standard

The Eastern District of Tennessee recently ruled that there is no private right of action under the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) for an alleged violation of a voluntary product safety standard.[1] The ruling narrows the claims in a pending lawsuit about hoverboards and …›

First Decisions Limit PREP Act Immunity in Coronavirus Context

When we discussed the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act earlier this year, we predicted that its tort liability protections would reassure manufacturers and distributors of novel COVID-19 drugs and medical products. So far, so good: the first court decisions interpreting PREP Act …›

September 16, 2020 - Product Liability

Getting Specific: Supreme Court Once Again Examines Limits of Personal Jurisdiction in Ford Motor Company Cases

Despite their repeated efforts to provide guidance to lower courts, the Justices once again find themselves in a familiar position: attempting to clarify the constitutional limits on courts’ power to exercise personal jurisdiction over defendants. The Supreme Court’s docket has seen a steady stream …›