Editor’s note: This ongoing series examines the emerging trends in products liability law.

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Federal Pre-emption, Direct Consumer Contact Next Frontier in Pharma Law
The Legal Intelligencer
September 4, 2012

As drug and medical device manufacturers interact more directly with customers through social media and direct advertising, lawyers in pharmaceutical and medical device litigation and regulation are struggling to ascertain how the new reality of direct-to-consumer marketing will alter liability. Read More

Role of Settlement Surges In Products Liability Cases
The Legal Intelligencer
August 28, 2012

Defense counsel and their clients increasingly are focusing on developing settlement strategies earlier on in the process of products liability mass torts litigation, which has led to the growing use of separate settlement counsel and trial counsel, the use of niche firms to administer claims and liens and turning to alternative dispute resolution. Read More

Complex Litigation Center’s Judge Moss on Settlement
The Legal Intelligencer Blog
August 28, 2012

I interviewed Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Sandra Mazer Moss, the co-supervising judge of the court’s program for mass torts, for a series on the changing nature of products liability law. Here are the highlights of the interview. Read More

Is Growth of Foreign Class, Mass Actions Changing Products Law?
The Legal Intelligencer
August 21, 2012

When American manufacturers are sued at home by foreign plaintiffs, the traditional litigation strategy has been to argue to judges that it’s inconvenient to have American courts hear those products liability cases and to get the cases removed to the plaintiffs’ home countries. Read More

Restatement Fight Is Making Pa. Products Law Unpredictable
The Legal Intelligencer
August 14, 2012

While it is a certainty that we live in a manufactured age, in which people are surrounded by products, the state of the law in Pennsylvania governing what happens when people are injured by those products is very much uncertain. Read More


ABA Center for Professional Responsiblity

Client-Lawyer Relationship:
Rule 1.8 Conflict Of Interest: Current Clients: Specific Rules

Law Professors Blog Network

Global Litigation Trends

Virginia Journal of International Law

Rule 23 and the Exclusion of Foreign Citizens as Class Members in U.S. Class Actions

The American Law Institute

Restatement of the Law Third, Torts: Products Liability