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Supreme Court Decides Prescription Drug Preemption Case in Favor of Drug Manufacturer

The United States Supreme Court finally clarified its 11-year-old “clear evidence” standard for pharmaceutical preemption. In its much-anticipated opinion delivered by Justice Breyer, the Court unanimously reversed the Third Circuit’s holding that questions of pharmaceutical preemption should be decided by juries. Merck …›

May 6, 2019 - FTC, Internet of Things

Bad Influence: Complying with FTC’s Endorsement Guide

Today’s online celebrities—both verified and aspiring—can now become product sponsors with the help of a social-media account, a picture-perfect aesthetic, and several hundred thousand followers. The influencer marketing industry is a multibillion-dollar industry according to some industry reports stating it is projected to generate …›

Lamps Plus, Inc. v. Varela: The Supreme Court Clarifies that Clear Consent is Necessary for Class Arbitration

The Supreme Court’s decision in Lamps Plus, Inc. v. Varela made it clear that an arbitration agreement must explicitly contemplate and provide for class arbitration, building on a line of pro-arbitration rulings from the Supreme Court over the past decade, including American Express Co. …›

April 9, 2019 - CPSC, Consumer Products

Ready, Set, Report! Seventh Circuit Considers When a Claim First Accrues for Failing to Report a Product Hazard

Consumer products companies are familiar with the reporting requirement under Section 15(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Act (the Act), but when does that obligation kick in for statute of limitations purposes?  The Seventh Circuit considered this question when it heard arguments on when …›