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Manufacturing Representatives in the Operating Room

Defeating novel theories of liability with traditional litigation tactics.

Fourth Circuit Rejects Anonymous Challenge to Products Database

The Fourth Circuit reverses a decision allowing a company to litigate under a pseudonym, requiring litigants seeking to seal any portion of the record to demonstrate a compelling interest.

A View from the Inside: Adrienne Gonzalez

An in-house attorney with Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. shares her proudest accomplishment and advice to young lawyers as well as lawyers considering the move to in-house legal work.

Articles »

How to Correctly Approach Independent Medical Exams

By Heidi Oertle and Shawna Boothe

When a party's physical or mental condition is at issue, an independent medical examination may be ordered as a matter of right or upon a showing of good cause. Who may conduct the exam and whether the attorney may be present varies among the states.

Potential Liability Inherent in General Document Preservation Holds

By John Camp and L. Vanessa Lopez

General document preservation holds may impose a duty to preserve documents for unforeseen litigation, where that duty may not have otherwise existed.

The Need for a Statute of Repose in Autonomous Vehicle Liability

By Michael A. Preciado

Autonomous vehicles have driven off the pages of Hollywood scripts onto real streets. The law must likewise evolve to protect manufacturers and the public from drivers who carelessly fail to update their vehicle's software.

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 Productís 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 clientís 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 »

WIPL Roundtable

Register now for the upcoming Roundtable presented by the Women in Products Liability Subcommittee: Trial: A Multi-Chair Perspective, Thursday, July 17, 2014, at 1:00–2:00 p.m. EDT.

Save the Date: 2014 ABA Annual

Join us in Boston for the 2014 ABA Annual Conference!

Save the Date: Pharmaceutical and Medical Device CLE Seminar

We hope that you can join us for the 2014 Regional Pharmaceutical & Medical Device CLE Seminar on Thursday, October 9, 2014, at Norton Rose Fulbright in Austin, Texas.

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.

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Mobile, AL

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Charlotte, NC

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New Orleans, LA

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Indianapolis, IN

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Phoenix, AZ


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