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Beware of "Subject To and Not Waiving" in Discovery Responses

Courts are increasingly frowning upon the use of conditional language.


Supplements Industry Facing Increase Regulation, Litigation

The days of flying under the auspices of federal regulators are numbered.


Regulation and Litigation Surrounding E-Cigarettes

"Vaping" and the regulatory movement surrounding its adoption.


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—Technical Experts Roundtable: May 14, 2015

Join us for the Roundtable "Best Practices and Challenges of Working with Technical Experts". Register now.


SAVE THE DATE—Reptile Theory Roundtable: May 20, 2015

Join us for the Roundtable "Inside the Reptile Brain: Why the Reptile Theory is Important to the Offense and Defense," which will delve into a litigation strategy focused on the defendant’s conduct as a threat to community safety. Register now.


SAVE THE DATE—Regional CLE: June 9, 2015

Join us for the Fifth Annual ABA Food and Supplements Workshop at ConAgra Foods, Inc. in Omaha, Nebraska. Register now.


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. The dial-in number for the call is1-888-857-4030. The passcode is 540066.


Women in Products Liability Subcommittee Bi-Monthly Conference Calls

The WIPL monthly call will take place on the third Tuesday of every other month at 4:00 p.m. Eastern time. The dial-in number for the call is1-800-901-0312. The passcode is 608-284-2221.


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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