Jump to Navigation | Jump to Content
American Bar Association

News & Developments »

Eastern District of Louisiana Denies Remand of NORM Mass Action

Plaintiffs must remain under Class Action Fairness Act as consolidation can occur only "for purposes of trial."


District Court Denies Takeda's Motion for a New Trial

In Actos bladder cancer litigation, court upholds earlier ruling on spoliation dispute.


Under Scrutiny—Eyes Turn Toward the NHTSA after Highly Publicized Recalls

What does the attention mean for auto makers, supplier, and their counsel?


Articles »

Does a Sales Representative Owe a Duty to a Patient?

By Robyn Maguire

A look at a medical device sales representative’s liability for negligent failure to warn.

A Surprising Win for the Learned Intermediary Doctrine in West Virginia

By Jennifer A. Foster

A medical device manufacturer has no direct duty to warn patients of the risks of its products.

FSMA: New Rules Mean New Risks for Food Industry Clients

By Sarah Brew and Rachael Dettmann Spiegel

Ensure your food industry clients are compliant with the Food Safety Modernization Act.


Sound Advice »

audio Time Entries: What Every Associate Needs to Know

By Catherine Clemons

Billing time is not something taught in law school. Listen as Catherine Clemons outlines best practices and common errors made by associates in billing time. (9:10 min)


audio Consumer Product Crisis: Strategies to Protect a Product's Reputation

By Laura J. Walther

Laura J. Walther discusses both offensive and defensive strategies, from a combined legal and media standpoint, to help keep your client's product from having its good name damaged in public. (07:06 min)


audio Class Certification: United States v. Canada

By Jill Lawrie

Clients defending class actions in the United States often end up defending a similar action in Canada, and vice versa. Lawrie discusses Canadian certification experiences that may be different compared to their U.S. counterparts. (09:42 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 »

SAVE THE DATE—Food Safety Roundtable: Dec. 17, 2014

Join us on Wednesday, December 17 for the Roundtable "Food Safety from Farm to Fork: Litigation Perspectives" which will overview foodborne illness litigation. For registration, click here.


SAVE THE DATE—Regulatory Pitfalls Roundtable: Jan. 21, 2015

Please join us on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, for the Roundtable "Regulatory Pitfalls: An Update on Hot Topic Regulatory Changes at the Federal and State Levels" which will discuss changes and the future of toxic regulations affecting consumer products. For registration, click here.


Young Lawyers Subcommittee Monthly Conference Calls

The YLS monthly call will take place on the first Tuesday of every month at 3 p.m. Eastern time.

Products Liability Leadership

Cochairs Web Editors Newsletter Editors

Richard Gaal

Mobile, AL

Sarah Grider Cronan

Charlotte, NC

Lara E. White

New Orleans, LA

Alan D. Mathis

Birmingham, AL


Stephen E. Reynolds

Indianapolis, IN

Prof. James O’Reilly

Cincinnati, OH