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Practice Points »

No Threat of Future Harm

A look at article III standing and requests for injunctive relief in consumer fraud class actions.


NHTSA's Proposed Civil Penalty Rules

The message is clear: It's time to crack down on vehicular violations.


Website Immunity under the Communications Decency Act

Companies that host internet content do not have boundless immunity.


Articles »

Compelling Discovery for Foreign Arbitrations

By J. Brittany Cross Carlson

"Foreign proceeding" requirement provides a potential defense to product manufacturers seeking to defeat discovery requests.

The Learned Intermediary Doctrine Gains Another Foothold in West Virginia

By Jennifer A. Foster

A medical device manufacturer has no direct duty to warn patients of the risks of its products, but what does this mean for pharmaceutical manufacturers?

The Evolution of Drywall Litigation

By Collette A. Brown and Ira J. Gonzalez

Discover the origin and future of the lawsuits against the defective Chinese product.


Sound Advice »

audio Fraudulent Joinder

By Rachel S. Nevarez

Listen as Rachel Nevarez explains the concept of a fraudulent joinder and how it may be beneficial to your clients. (8:09 min)


audio Going In-House: An Interview on Making the Move

By Sara Athen

Listen as Dan Wittenberg speaks with Sara Athen regarding her decision to make the jump from private practice to corporate law. (9:49 min)


audio Tips on Preparing for Your First Big Hearing

By Nathan Hatcher

Every young lawyer wants to impress their coworkers on their first major hearing. Listen to Nathan Hatcher's practiced advice on basic and not-so-basic preparation to ensure that it goes as you hope. (11:21 min)



Roundtables »

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 court's preemption holdings. (00:57:33)

audio Career Development 101: Practical Advice

Young lawyers today face various challenges as they work to further their careers, from establishing and expanding a network to finding a good advocate who will help advance their career. Join us for a discussion on how can young lawyers turn these challenges into opportunities. (01:13:25)

audio Biopharmaceuticals and Products Liability Litigation

The difference between biologics and small molecule therapeutics—the types of drugs most products lawyers have litigated to date—as well as recent developments stemming from the 2010 Affordable Care Act will be the focus of this roundtable. (56:26)


Announcements »

Register Now—Women of the Section of Litigation: November 11–13, 2015

Join us for "Women of the Section of Litigation: Leading, Litigating & Connecting" in Chicago, Illinois.


Early Case Assessment: Strategies for Investigating Risk, Advising Clients, and Building your Case

Register now to learn more about Early Case Assessment, a valuable tool for lawyers when advising clients on potential risks at the start of a litigation, or even before any suits are filed.


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.


Young Lawyers Subcommittee Monthly Conference Calls

The YLS monthly call will take place on the first Tuesday of November, January, March, May, July at 3 p.m. Eastern time.


Women in Products Liability Subcommittee Bi-Monthly Conference Calls

The WIPL monthly call will take place on the third Tuesday November, January, March, May, July at 4:00 p.m. Eastern time.


Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Biotech Subcommittee Bi-Monthly Conference Call

The Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Biotech Subcommittee bi-monthly conference call will take place on the third Wednesday of June, August, October and December at 4:00 pm ET. The dial-in number for the call is 1-866-646-6488.  The passcode is 484-864-7273.


Consumer Products Subcommittee Monthly Conference Calls

The CP monthly call will take place on the third Wednesday of every month at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The dial-in number for the call is 1-855-888-6338.  The passcode is 545442.

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