Product Liability & Mass Torts Blog

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Helenka B. Mietka, Valerie E. Ross
A number of recent cases seek to combat what plaintiffs claim is a surge of deceptive marketing by companies in the food space. In particular, there have been a number of claims concerning the use and labeling of vanilla flavoring.
Roberto Martinez, Valerie E. Ross
Companies often communicate with government agencies directly or through trade associations for a variety of reasons. But what happens when an adverse party tries to use comments made to the government or membership in an advocacy group as evidence in litigation?
Karen Ellis Carr, Katie Heilman, Patrice Howard, Ph.D., Dan Jasnow
Environmentally responsible fashion has become a key marketing signal for many global brands, with advertising claims such as “sustainable,” “responsibly sourced,” “organic,” and “recycled” cropping up throughout the fashion industry. These claims respond to growing demand from consumers.
Debra Albin-Riley, Lynn R. Fiorentino, Shayshari Potter
Prop 65 Counsel: What To Know
Mariam Chamilova, Stephen M. Copenhaver
Parents across the country are often on the lookout for the latest “hot” items for their kids and social media can be one way parents find out about what’s popular. One toy that has been popular on social media is the Pop It fidget.
James D. Cromley, Elizabeth Runyan Geise
Since prescription opioids were first introduced for pain treatment in the 1990s, the number of drug overdose deaths has quadrupled, and more than a half million Americans have died from an overdose involving an opioid.
Jeffrey D. Skinner
Amid the holiday cheer this year, you may have noticed longer shipping times and more items out of stock, even as you’ve ordered more online than in the past. Businesses and consumers alike have learned over the past 21 months that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to supply chain bottlenecks.
Matthew B. Mock
Plaintiffs continue to file website accessibility lawsuits at a rapid pace, but two recent decisions in New York federal court may reduce certain types of filings in that forum.
Elizabeth Runyan Geise
In March, the Supreme Court addressed the test for specific personal jurisdiction in Ford Motor Co. v. Montana Eighth Judicial District Court.[1] The Court considered whether the test’s second prong — which requires that a plaintiff’s claims “arise out of or relate to” the defendant’s forum contacts
Rachel A. Remke
Over the last few months, you may have seen more e-scooters on the streets as people have felt safer returning to schools and to the office, and have been gathering more frequently with family and friends. E-scooters have many potential benefits: they help alleviate traffic and city congestion.
Matthew B. Mock
Plaintiffs are filing an increasing number of lawsuits against companies alleging that their websites violate Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) because the sites are not accessible to visually impaired customers. But these lawsuits assume an answer to an unresolved question.
James D. Cromley, Rachel A. Remke
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker recently signed into law SB0072 (the “Prejudgment Interest Act”), a revised version of the bill he had previously vetoed and that we discussed in a prior alert. The Prejudgment Interest Act will amend the Code of Civil Procedure.
Malerie Ma Roddy, Joel M. Wallace
Since 2019, the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have warned companies that make or sell cannabidiol (CBD) products that it is illegal to label and advertise that their products prevent, treat, or cure human disease without FDA approval.
Matthew B. Mock
US companies have been inundated with lawsuits in the past several years alleging that their websites do not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and various state laws, including the California Unruh Act.
James D. Cromley, Aphrodite Kokolis
On February 2, 2021, the Eleventh Circuit weighed in on the “ascertainability” debate raging in the federal courts – specifically, whether plaintiffs must show that it would be “administratively feasible” to identify class members before the class can be certified.
Elizabeth Runyan Geise
Punitive damages can often multiply a defendant’s potential exposure in litigation.
James D. Cromley, Rachel A. Remke
A new bill sitting on Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s desk could change the calculus for defendants in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits by entitling plaintiffs to prejudgment interest both in future lawsuits and in lawsuits that have already been filed.
Emilie McGuire, Jeffrey D. Skinner
Two cases decided 25 years apart, but there were some facts in common: a hot drink, a consumer alleging that she was burned by the drink, and a lawsuit. These are the facts of the 1994 case Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants that resulted in an award of millions to the consumer.
Katia Asche, Jill Berry
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, manufacturers of cleaning products may want to examine what their marketing says (or doesn’t say) about their products’ ability to disinfect.
Jonathan Judge
Every two years, a little-noticed provision of the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) reshapes the regulatory reporting landscape for manufacturers and importers of consumer products in the United States.
Jeffrey D. Skinner
After a very difficult 2020, rapid vaccine development has sparked optimism among the public and in the business community.
Jeffrey D. Skinner
As COVID-19 cases have spiked across the country, many businesses have adjusted certain operations with an eye on customer and employee safety, as well as to ensure compliance with recent changes to government orders.
Mariam Chamilova, Jill Berry
Over the last several decades, there have been significant advancements in automotive technology.
Jonathan Judge
Over the last few years, as the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has moved slowly in its rulemaking efforts to address tip-overs of dressers.
Jeffrey D. Skinner
In Illinois, the collateral source rule bars defendants from submitting evidence that plaintiffs received compensation for their injuries from a collateral source.