Update on Recent Decisions from New Jersey’s Pelvic Mesh and Ovarian Cancer/Talc Litigation

We wanted to update our readers on two decisions from the New Jersey Appellate Division that were the subject of recent posts. In March, we reported on an opinion from the Appellate Division that came out of the centralized pelvic mesh litigation pending in Bergen County, New Jersey reversing the verdicts in favor of plaintiffs in two cases because the trial courts had precluded the defendants from introducing key evidence relating to FDA clearance of the products at issue under Section 510(k). Following the issuance…
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Two New Jersey Pelvic Mesh Verdicts Overturned

While Covid-19 continues to be a dominant national topic, including with the recent approval of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, there are other developments of note for the life sciences industry. One of those came on March 2, 2021, when the New Jersey Appellate Division—New Jersey’s intermediate appellate court—I issued a lengthy opinion reversing two multi-million dollar verdicts in favor of plaintiffs in pelvic mesh product liability cases. (Actually, the court issued two lengthy opinions, a long published opinion and an even longer unpublished opinion
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As Temperatures Heat Up, Remember Litigation Will, Too

For many litigators, including those of us who handle pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, the past several months have seen various departures from how we might otherwise have pursued our pending cases. While effects varied in different parts of the country, and courts in different jurisdictions have adopted different plans for reopening and allowing cases to continue, everyone has likely seen at least some changes. Some attorneys have embraced virtual/remote depositions, while others have opted to wait to schedule and depose witnesses in the hopes…
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The Shifting Landscape of Marijuana Law

Trial attorneys are somewhat like first responders, meaning that it is frequently only after a lawsuit has been filed and litigated that lawmakers step in to enact statutes and regulations governing the subject activity or conduct. This is apparent in the nascent cannabis industry. A prime example is the recent line of cases dealing with competing land use rights of marijuana growers and their neighbors. In Momtazi Family, LLC v. Wagner, Et Al.[i],  pending in the Eastern District of Oregon, the parties are…
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A Deep(er) Dive into Allegations Brought Against CBD Companies: Part II

In our last article, we discussed the potential for litigation faced by CBD companies and analyzed a court’s handling of claims regarding fraudulent inducement. Today, we turn to that scary claim of RICO, or the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. For most, this term conjures images of mafia prosecutions. The federal government trying to bring down organized crime with wiretaps and FBI agents raiding social clubs as depicted in various movies. However, the RICO statute is also applied in civil litigation. We will address…
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A Deep(er) Dive into Allegations Brought Against CBD Companies: Part I

With the continued growth of the cannabis industry, we have seen a growing prevalence of litigation across various venues and with varied claims. We previously discussed the potential for products liability class actions related to the vaping crisis as well as conducted a topical exam of potential litigation that could face the section of the industry focused on CBD. This is illustrated when taking a deeper dive into the claims being brought against those creating, manufacturing and distributing hemp-derived CBD products. If you are operating…
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Cannabis Litigation: Where Are We Headed and What Have We Seen to Date

The cannabis industry is booming, including CBD companies, vaping companies, THC products, oils, hemp producers, manufacturers and so on. By all estimates, overall sales within the legalized United States cannabis industry are expected to reach $13.6 billion by the end 2019. That’s a 32 percent increase over 2018 totals that reached $10.3 billion. Total sales are expected to reach approximately $30 billion by 2025. So what does that mean? In addition to helping the industry continue transitioning into “normal” commerce, the amount of money being…
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California Bill Aims to Ban Cosmetics That Includes Certain Ingredients

After banning sales of animal-tested cosmetics, California is now considering a law that bans cosmetic products with ingredients that the State of California determines are “poisonous” or are “deleterious substance[s] that may render it injurious to users when used as directed.” According to proposed Section 111673 of the Health and Safety Code, a cosmetic would be deemed “adulterated” if any of the listed ingredients were “intentionally added” to the cosmetic. The ingredients in the proposed bill include asbestos, lead, dibutyl phthalate, diethylhexyl phthalate, formaldehyde,…
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Litigation is the Pits – Claim Dismissed for Injuries Caused by Natural Food Substance

“A lady bit down on a pit in an olive …” may sound like the opening line to a bad joke, but the defendant she sued for her injuries with the help of an injury lawyer from https://www.braininjurylawyersorangecounty.com/ appears to have had the last laugh. The plaintiff filed a personal injury claim with the help of a personal injury attorney from www.kwdllp.com/workplace-accidents/ against the defendant in California state court for products liability and pursued theories of strict liability, negligence and breach of an express written…
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Which Gate Do I Enter? Expert Admissibility Standards Far From Uniform

  In August, the New Jersey Supreme Court released its opinion in In Re: Accutane Litigation, which as fans of expert-admissibility standards will know essentially moved New Jersey into the column of states that apply a Daubert-based test, rather an a Frye-based test, in evaluating the admissibility of scientific and expert testimony. For anyone who has not yet seen the opinion, a copy can be found here. (Note – it is lengthy, so get a full cup of coffee before you sit…
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