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Practice Points »

Rule 68 Offer of Judgment Is Not Tool to Moot Plaintiff's Claims Before Class Certification

Decisions from the Ninth Circuit and Supreme Court prove instructive to practitioners.


Jurisdictional "Whack-a-Mole": Overlapping Class Actions and Abuse of Process

A legislative framework for the coordination of multi-jurisdictional class actions is not available in Canada.


Fifth Circuit En Banc Opinion on Improper Joinder

If the plaintiff's claims against non-diverse defendants are subject to dismissal but can later be properly re-filed upon completion of a mandatory state administrative proceeding, can such a joinder constitute improper joinder?


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 Ethics and the In-House Lawyer

By David Schwan

David Schwan discusses conflicts, privilege, and confidentiality issues from the in-house perspective. (9:59 min)


audio Marketing Your Practice Through LinkedIn

By Courtney Ward-Reichard

Courtney Ward-Reichard outlines some of the best practices for using your LinkedIn profile to help market yourself while not violating any ethical standards. (09:41 min)


audio Court Appointed Special Advocates Program (CASA)

By Karen Woodward

Working on pro bono cases has many benefits for the attorney involved. Karen Woodward shares how working as a CASA has impacted her personally and professionally. (05:27 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 »

Mass Torts: Winter 2016 Newsletter

The latest edition of Mass Torts is now available.


 
Mass Torts Leadership
Cochairs Web Editor Newsletter Editor

Richard M. Gaal

Mobile, AL


Laurie Novion

Kansas City, MO

David Schwan

Houston, TX


Social-Media Editor

Courtney E. Ward-Reichard

Minneapolis, MN

James M. Beck

Philadelphia, PA



Vice Chair

David Schwan

Houston, TX