Gender Stereotypes in Mass Torts

by Leah Rush Easterby, Contributing Editor For years, women have raised concerns over outdated and discriminatory practices in mass tort cases. The trickle-down effect from patriarchal stereotypes at the highest levels of government, workplaces, and courthouses means that time and time again, women have not received the most effective representation in mass tort cases, nor […]

Navigating Preemption

By Leah Rush Easterby, Contributing Editor Featuring comments by Marcus J. Susen, Esq. Constitutional doctrine makes clear that federal law is supreme when state laws “interfere with, or are contrary to” federal law. Federal law can preempt state law either expressly or impliedly. Corporate defendants routinely seek dismissal with three preemption theories. Express preemption, based […]

Deliberate Oversight

How bad drugs and devices get to consumers. by Leah Rush Easterby, Contributing Editor June 22, 2021 Biogen Inc.’s stock price soared this month when FDA approved its new Alzheimer’s drug, Aduhelm (aducanumab), through accelerated approval. While most Alzheimer’s treatments address only dementia symptoms, Aduhelm is the first one marketed to treat the disease process […]

Modern Day Sex Trafficking

by Leah Rush Easterby, Contributing Editor and Greg G. Gutzler & Diandra “Fu” Debrosse Zimmermann, Contributing Authors Civil Liability for Human Trafficking An estimated 21 million survivors of human trafficking live in the United States. Human trafficking is one of the fastest-growing criminal enterprises, and civil cases against traffickers are increasing as well.  Human trafficking disproportionately […]

Military members exposed to dangerously high level of sound.

3M 0—1 in Earplugs Test Cases

by Leah Rush Easterby Contributing Editor 3M Products Liability Litigation MDL 2885 Combat Arms Aren’t Your Typical Earplugs 3M’s Combat Arms are dual-ended earplugs designed for one side to block all noise and the other to be transparent enough to hear voice commands while blocking harmful ballistic noises. U.S. soldiers used the earplugs in Iraq, […]

Merck Vaccine Exploits Girls With Gardasil

What You Should Know About Gardasil Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection. Gardasil is a series of three injections designed to prevent HPV in children as young as 9 years old. Its original formulation protected against four HPV strains that can cause cervical cancer and genital warts. Merck manufactures Gardasil and […]