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Adverse decision in Macias v. Saberhagen Holdings

August 09, 2012 | By DEBORAH LA FETRA

In a split decision that bodes ill for manufacturers of safety devices, the Washington Supreme Court ruled today that a cancer-stricken shipyard worker whose job was to clean respirators contaminated with asbestos could sue the respirator manufacturers for failing to warn him about the dangers of such exposure.  The case, Macias v. Saberhagen Hol ...

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PLF urges Pennsylvania Supreme Court to restore the proper level of products liability

June 07, 2013 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

Today PLF filed an amicus brief in Tincher v. Omega arguing that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court should determine whether manufacturers are liable for injuries caused by defectively designed products under a negligence standard.  Pennsylvania is notorious for litigation abuse—although thanks to a strong push for tort reform in that state, this y ...

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The road to the tort underworld is paved with innovator liability

June 14, 2013 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

Tapping their seemingly endless supply of ingenuity, plaintiffs’ lawyers have come up with a new legal theory for reaching deep pockets, and just the name would send chills up the spine of Steve Jobs, Henry Ford, or Jonas Salk.  Under the theory of “innovator liability,” manufacturers of brand-name drugs can be held liable for in ...

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Must BP compensate people who were never harmed by BP?

September 29, 2014 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

60 minutes has a fascinating piece that illustrates many of the problems with the civil justice system today.  After the Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010, BP entered into a settlement agreement in which it agreed to pay businesses for losses to that arose following the oil spill.  But plaintiffs’ attorneys interpreted that clause to mean &# ...