Almost Ready to Fly: New Federal Registration Requirements for Small UAS/Drones

On November 21, the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Registration Task Force released its recommendations  on registration requirements for small UAS, or “drones”,  operated in the United States (including those used for commercial purposes, and all model … Continue reading

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Product Liability Litigation Group Ranked in 2016 “Best Law Firms”

Snell & Wilmer’s Product Liability Litigation Group achieved high rankings in “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers®. We were ranked as a metropolitan area Tier 1 firm in Phoenix, Colorado and Utah for product liability … Continue reading

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How to Protect and Secure Your Connected Devices

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning companies and the public to be aware of vulnerabilities that cybercriminals could exploit in connected devices, otherwise known as Internet of Things devices. We previously reported on what the Internet of Things is … Continue reading

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Arizona Supreme Court Poised to Consider “Learned Intermediary” Doctrine

The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of the Court of Appeals’ January 2015 decision regarding the longstanding “learned intermediary” doctrine. In January, the lower court held that the doctrine was inconsistent with Arizona’s system of pure … Continue reading

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FDA Issues Unprecedented Alert Over Medical Device Cyber Security Risk

A fictional cyber-terrorist weaponizing a medical device by hacking into it has become a familiar plot premise in recent Hollywood dramas. Unfortunately, the risk of harm from medical device hacking has now become an actionable, real-world concern. In an unprecedented move, on July … Continue reading

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FDA Issues Final Guidance on Intent to Exempt Certain Medical Devices from Premarket Notification Requirements

On July 1, 2015 the FDA issued its final guidance regarding the intent to exempt certain unclassified medical devices, certain Class II medical devices, and certain Class I medical devices that are subject to the reserved criteria of section 510(l) … Continue reading

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Product Recall Trends in 2015

What are the latest trends on product recalls in the United States? Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS writes an interesting and informative quarterly report on this data, and its detail on the first quarter of 2015 is here. Consumer Products. The Consumer Product … Continue reading

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Adopting a Safety Policy and Assembling a Safety Team

Large or small, every life science or medical technology company will eventually have to deal with a products liability claim or event. A lack of adequate planning for such an occurrence can result in damage to the brand, loss of consumer … Continue reading

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Product Liability Verdicts in Arizona

Product liability cases show a strong defense trend in Arizona. Since 2011, Arizona juries have given ten defense verdicts and only one plaintiff’s verdict. That’s nearly 91% in favor of defendants over the last four years. There were no plaintiff’s … Continue reading

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The Steps in Responding to a Product Liability Case

“I’ve been sued…now what?” Read on to learn the basics of what you might expect throughout the life of a product liability lawsuit. The Beginning. Product liability lawsuits begin well before a lawsuit is filed. They begin with a product … Continue reading

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