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Battle over baby bottle plastic rages on

  • Reed Smith LLP
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  • USA
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  • October 2 2008

When it comes to the risk posed by bisphenol-A (BPA), the chemical used to make hardened plastic containers such as baby bottles, liners for canned goods, and other plastic items, government officials can't seem to agree

Senate Committee hears disparate messages on food marketing

  • Reed Smith LLP
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  • USA
  • -
  • October 2 2008

Just before the market melt-down captured the attention of Congress, a subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee held the latest in what has become a series of hearings on the state of food marketing to children and its links to the obesity epidemic

1.5 million bassinets and cribs recalled

  • Reed Smith LLP
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  • USA
  • -
  • October 2 2008

Two infants were strangled to death in Simplicity brand close-sleeper-style bassinets, after their bodies slipped under a metal bar that runs along the portion of the bassinet that can be opened, but their heads remained stuck under the bar, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reported

Toys ‘R' Us sets tougher safety standards than feds

  • Reed Smith LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 2 2008

Toys ‘R' Us has announced a series of tightened safety standards for toys and cribs

Recent post-Riegel and OTC drug preemption cases

  • Reed Smith LLP
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  • USA
  • -
  • October 14 2008

In Parker v. Stryker Corp., 2008 WL 4457864 (D. Colo. Oct. 1, 2008), the District of Colorado addressed Riegel v. Medtronic, Inc., 128 S. Ct. 999 (2008), and the applicability of the express preemption clause of the Medical Device Amendments in a case where the manufacturer sought a discovery stay pending resolution of its motion to dismiss product liability claims regarding its PMA device, a hip implant

So long, Eastern District of Texas (patent and product liability) rocket docket?

  • Reed Smith LLP
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  • USA
  • -
  • October 14 2008

The Recorder (via Law.Com) has an article today discussing the Fifth Circuit's en banc decision In re Volkswagen of America Inc. and its ramifications for patent litigation

Toll-free number for reporting adverse events on labeling for human drug products

  • Reed Smith LLP
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  • USA
  • -
  • October 30 2008

On October 28, 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a final rule requiring a statement to be included on certain human drug product labeling that provides a toll-free number for reporting side effects and specifies that the number is not intended to be used for medical advice

No cold meds for kids under 4, companies say

  • Reed Smith LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 4 2008

Children under the age of 4 should not be given over-the-counter (OTC) cold remedies, according to new labeling being prepared by leading cold medicine manufacturers

State AGs call for voluntary BPA ban from baby products

  • Reed Smith LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 4 2008

In the face of federal disagreement as to whether the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) threatens the health of babies and young children, several state attorneys general have taken the matter into their own hands, and have asked baby product manufacturers to stop using the controversial chemical

Maximum CMP amounts for FDA authorities

  • Reed Smith LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 17 2008

On November 12, 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a direct final rule to adjust for inflation the maximum civil money penalty (CMP) amounts for the various CMP authorities under FDA jurisdiction, as required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act