Trio of New Class Certification Decisions in the Seventh Circuit

February 19, 2013

In the last few months, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has issued three opinions on the topic of how trial courts should decide motions for class certification when some questions will require individualized proof. Judge Richard[...]

Pro-Consumer Initiatives: Lobbying and Litigation

February 12, 2013

In the weeks leading up to his State of the Union address tonight, President Obama was surely inundated with reports, requests, and letters from various advocacy groups urging him to not only adopt their platform, but to make it a[...]

Legal Pads and Spit Up Rags: A New Mom on Making it Work

February 08, 2013

Balancing and juggling.  A working mom’s life often sounds like a circus performance.  The words carry with them an insidious threat.  Let your guard down for a moment and the whole thing may fall apart.  I’ve been back in the[...]

Hall of Shame: Chinese Chicken Jerky Dog Treats and the FDA

January 31, 2013

For years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has been investigating a possible contamination in chicken jerky dog treats. The investigation began in 2007 (on the heels of the massive recall of melamine-tainted pet food in the U.S. and[...]

Innovator Liability Opens Doors to Recovery for Generic Drug Consumers

January 28, 2013

After the U.S. Supreme Court decided PLIVA, Inc. v. Mensing in 2011, generic drug users were left searching for possible avenues of legal recovery after incurring injury.  The Mensing decision, which held that state law failure-to-warn claims cannot be brought[...]

Ending the Judicial Vacancy Crisis

January 08, 2013

Chief Justice Roberts recently issued his annual year-end report on the federal judiciary.[1]  After focusing in large part on the “aggressive” cost-containment measures that the Judicial Branch has implemented in response to the country’s fiscal dilemmas—in FY 2012, the Judiciary[...]