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US Supreme Court justice issues stay in case involving federal due process constraints on state-court class actions
  • Mayer Brown
  • USA
  • September 30 2010

Justice Scalia, acting in his capacity as Circuit Justice for the Fifth Circuit, recently issued a stay of a state-court judgment in a class action to allow the defendants to file a petition for certiorari.

Cancer Panel report says environmental chemicals causing “grievous harm”
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • May 13 2010

Described by the media as "landmark" and "extraordinary," the President's Cancer Panel newly issued 2008-2009 Annual Report claims that the National Cancer Program has not adequately addressed the "true burden of environmentally induced cancer."

Massachusetts Superior Court holds claim that cigarettes should have delivered lower nicotine dose does not improperly seek to ban entire product category; plaintiff need not show decedent would have used low-nicotine product to prove causation
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • April 14 2010

In Haglund v Philip Morris, Inc, 2009 WL 3839004 (Mass. Super. Ct. Oct. 20, 2009), the widow of a man who had died of lung cancer sued a cigarette manufacturer in Massachusetts Superior Court for breach of the implied warranty of merchantability based on the allegedly defective design of defendant’s cigarettes to deliver too much nicotine.

Review board rules on off-school conduct
  • Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Canada
  • October 7 2009

In a decision released on April 20, 2009, the Child and Family Services Review Board addressed the issue of whether the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board (the "School Board") had the authority to expel a student who was engaged in offschool property drug use.

Michael A. Feder
  • McCarthy Tétrault LLP