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The Uphill Climb to Establish General Personal Jurisdiction over a Foreign Corporate Defendant

Siswanto serves as fresh instruction on the vigorous scrutiny that courts apply.

Depositions: What Do You Want From Me?

Identifying the purpose of the deposition and working backward can help guide you through it.

Class Certification for Medical Personal Injury Cases Still Proves Difficult

The Eleventh Circuit once again confirms that it is difficult to achieve class certification for these cases because of the individualized nature of the injuries.

Articles »

Mullin' Over Preemption: Lohr, FDA Regulations, and Mullins

By Anonymous

Federal preemption of state law is one of the most significant defenses employed by drug and medical device manufacturers defending product liability lawsuits.

How Plaintiffs May Take Advantage of the Federal Rules Changes on Discovery

By Paul D. Rheingold

Some new provisions will aid tort plaintiffs, and other changes that may appear to be impediments to full discovery are likely not to be applied in the manner hoped for by early drafters.

Failure to Extrapolate! Seventh Circuit Requires Experts Connect Data with Opinions

By Matthew A. Moeller

In toxic-tort matters, experts may be held to a standard more rigorous than what may be allowable under the general Daubert framework in another type of case.

Sound Advice »

audio Cybersecurity and Mass Tort Firms

By Max Herman

Max Herman reviews the state of cybersecurity at mass tort firms and offers suggestions to help project such information in the future. (11:16 min)

audio Most Favored Nation Clauses and the Multi-Litigant Settlement Curve

By Max Herman

Max Herman explains the benefits of MFNs and how settlement curves are effected by them. (13:54 min)

audio Simple Best Practices in Managing E-Discovery

By Matthew Moeller

Matthew Moeller outlines ways to manage E-Discovery that will streamline your case and keep your clients happy. (06:26 min)

Roundtables »

audio Hey, CAFA, Is That a Class Action: Mississippi Ex Rel Hood v. Au Optronics

Examining the holding in this newly announced decision and what it may mean for future parens patriae actions and other types of quasi-class actions or mass actions. (56:12)

audio The Future of Hydraulic Fracturing

Featuring a unique group of lawyers and non-lawyers to provide a fact-based peek into the future, including presentations and an interactive discussion among the panelists. (1:01:42)

audio Mutual Pharmaceutical Company, Inc. v. Bartlett and Preemption in Pharmaceutical Litigation

Learn about the significance of the Barltett decision and its impact on the Supreme Court's preemption holdings. (57:33)

Announcements »

Register Now—Joint CLE Seminar: January 21–23, 2016

Join us for the CLE presented by the Section of Litigation Products Liability, Mass Torts, and Environmental Subcommittees in Park City, Utah. Register now!

Mass Torts: Winter 2016 Newsletter

The latest edition of Mass Torts is now available.

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