Top Product Verdicts of the First Half of 2014

The first half of 2014 has proven to be a hotbed for large product liability verdicts. Many of the largest verdicts from January 2014 to June 2014 include significant punitive damages. Some of the largest product verdicts are as follows: … Continue reading

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The Need for a Statute of Repose in Autonomous Vehicle Liability

Reprinted and/or posted with the permission of the American Bar Association, July 23, 2014 Fifty years ago, movie magic brought us the story of Jim Douglas, a down-on-his-luck race car driver who woke up to find a white Volkswagen Beetle … Continue reading

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Getting What You Want From a Jury: Lessons Learned From Top Jury Trial Verdicts

At the Arizona State Bar’s continuing legal education conference, I had the honor of being the featured speaker about lessons learned from top jury verdicts in Arizona. Here are some highlights of what we discussed. The largest 2013 Arizona verdict … Continue reading

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FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Distributing New Risk Information for Approved Drugs and Biologics

In June 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a draft guidance for the distribution of new risk information for approved prescription drugs to healthcare professionals and healthcare entities. The draft guidance, entitled Guidance for Industry Distributing Scientific … Continue reading

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Snell & Wilmer Defends Ford Focus Roof in Arizona Federal Court Trial

Snell & Wilmer attorneys Vaughn Crawford, Craig Logsdon and Amanda Sheridan recently represented Ford Motor Company in a case tried in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona in Tucson. The case involved a single-vehicle rollover near … Continue reading

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FDA Issues New Draft Guidance on Medical Device Data Systems

On June 20, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance advising that the agency does not intend to enforce compliance with the regulatory controls that apply to medical device data systems, medical image storage devices and medical … Continue reading

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Who’s Liable When Cars Do The Driving?

Reprinted with the permission of the Daily Journal. Originally printed on May 14, 2014. Midnight, Downtown Los Angeles. Dave walks out of a crowded bar to smoke a cigarette. He sees a group of friends from college who say they’re … Continue reading

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Making Sure Cybersecurity and Liability Concerns Don’t Ground the Drones

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones, are slowly being integrated into U.S. and international airspace systems.  Despite current legal and regulatory limitations on their use for civilian purposes, governmental and private entities are devoting significant resources to advancing UAS technology … Continue reading

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Summary of FDA’s Final Guidance on Dear Health Care Provider Letters

At the beginning of this year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its final guidance on the content and format of Dear Health Care Provider (DHCP) letters. DHCP letters are correspondence, often in the form of a mass mailing … Continue reading

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Drug and Device Manufacturers Beware: Comments Could Result in FDA Troubles

After appearing on CNBC television show Fast Money, the CEO of Aegerion Pharmaceuticals received a warning letter from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Prescription Drug Promotion.  The agency asserted that comments made on the show … Continue reading

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