Friday, June 30, 2006
Shouldn't those advocating such a presumption [for, for example, nondefectiveness for FDA-approved drugs] also advocate, with equal zeal, a parallel presumption in favor of federal agency findings that support a generic causal link between some substance or product and disease -- e.g., the recent Surgeon General's Report linking second-hand smoke to various adverse health outcomes, even at the lowest exposures?
Yep. I think I would, assuming that the determination is qualified (as I discuss in the Point of Law post but not the MIPR piece) properly -- essentially a Daubert showing related to the government's determination. I would like to think more about it, but at first blush, it makes sense (and will probably show up in the paper I'm working on).
(Incidentally, I don't think I would classify myself as a "tort reformer," and I'm not sure Peter does classify me as such. I'm not in the same camp on many, many issues as most folks who self-classify that way.)