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California Supreme Court: Civil Penalty Claims Brought by Government Under UCL and FAL Should Be Determined by Court—Not Jury

The California Supreme Court has confirmed that claims for civil penalties brought by government entities under California’s Unfair Competition Law (“UCL”)[1] and False Advertising Law (“FAL”)[2] should be decided by a judge—not a jury. See Nationwide Biweekly Administration Inc. et al. v. Superior Court …›

COVID-19 Update: FDA Authorizes First At-Home Collection Kit

FDA has been actively working to accelerate access to diagnostic tests for COVID-19 through its extension of Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs). According to FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D., “The FDA’s around-the-clock work since this outbreak began has resulted in the authorization of more …›

HHS Guidance Broadens PREP Act Immunity, Tightens Focus on Public/Private Cooperation

On April 14, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued an advisory opinion on the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act to clarify the scope of immunity that accompanies developing and deploying countermeasures to COVID-19. The PREP Act grants tort liability …›

CPSC Recall Remedies in the Time of COVID-19

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recognizes that companies everywhere are in the midst of responding to the impact of COVID-19 on business operations, including government stay-at-home orders that could see some operations temporarily close. Given these “extraordinary circumstances,” the CPSC issued a notice …›

FDA Inspires Modifications and Quick Authorizations for Ventilators

As the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. grows, the potential shortage of ventilators has become an increasing concern. This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took two important steps to keep medical facilities equipped with life-saving ventilators. Ventilator Modification Enforcement Policy On …›