October 13, 2012
The Economist on Global Fake and Substandard Pharmaceuticals
The Economist discusses the growing global problem of fake and substandard pharmaceuticals in Fake pharmaceuticals: Bad medicine -- The world's drug supply is global. Governments have failed to keep up. Absent from The Economist's discussion of government regulators and industry self-policing is the role of private litigation. Couldn't emerging global tort litigation also deter wrongdoers and be part of the solution?
October 12, 2012
Three Class-Action Cases to be Argued Before SCOTUS
Daniel Fisher at Forbes has an interesting article previewing three class-action cases being argued before the Supreme Court of the United States this fall: Class-Action Lawyers Face Triple Threat At Supreme Court.
Possible BP Settlement with Federal Government Over Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill
Two Wall Street Journal articles in recent days have tracked recent settlements talks between BP and the federal government regarding civil and criminal liability in connection with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf. On Wednesday, the Journal reported, BP Close to Spill Settlement: Multibillion-Dollar Deal With U.S. Would Combine Civil, Criminal Liabilities. But on Thursday, the Journal noted in Slick Complicates BP Liability Talks that a new thin oil slick determined to be related to the prior Deepwater Horizon spill has appeared.
Compounding Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Manufacturers, and the Fungal Meningitis Outbreak
A Wall Street Journal article, Pharmacy in Outbreak Acted Like Drug Maker, by Mark Maremont, Jonathan D. Rockoff, and Timony W. Martin explores the history of the companies allegedly involved in the fungal meningitis outbreak. The article notes that a class action has already been filed in federal court in St. Paul, Minnesota.
October 10, 2012
7th Annual ABA Chemical Products and Toxic Torts Regional Seminar
Michael Downey on Ethical Issues Related to Incentive Payments for Class Representatives
As part of the ABA Sound Advice series, Michael Downey (Armstrong, Teasdale) addresses ethical issues related to incentive payments for class representatives.
Christopher Robinette and American Law Institute
Congratulations to Torts Prof blogger Christopher Robinette (Widener) on being elected to the American Law Institute! Having started together with him as Freedman fellows at Temple Law, I can also attest to his longstanding commitment to, and mastery of, tort law!
October 7, 2012
Mark Behrens on Philadelphia Tort Litigation
Mark Behrens (Shook, Hardy) has published Philadelphia Tort Litigation: Forum Shopping and Venue Reform as a Federalist Society white paper.