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20 Nov 2017 CPSC Issues Final Rule on Chemicals in Plastic Children’s Toys and Products

  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently issued its final rule concerning children’s toys and child care products containing certain chemicals in plastic. The final rule prohibits eight specific phthalates in children’s toys (defined as a consumer product designed or intended to be played with by a child 12 years’ old or younger) and child care articles (defined as a consumer product designed or intended to facilities sleep or feeding of children three years old or younger or to help children with sucking…

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28 Feb 2017 What Judge Gorsuch as Associate Supreme Court Justice Could Mean for Product Liability Practitioners

  On Jan. 31, President Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill Justice Antonin Scalia’s vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Gorsuch has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit since 2006 and was appointed by President George W. Bush. Product liability litigators and commentators have been looking at what Justice Gorsuch could mean for our work, specifically diving into Gorsuch’s opinions on federal preemption and the admissibility of expert testimony. Here’s a sampling.   Express Preemption   On the…

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06 Jan 2017 A Look at the Indiana Supreme Court’s Fiscal Year-End Report

  Authored by Curt Greene and J.T. Larson   The Indiana Supreme Court recently released its annual report for the 2015-16 fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2016. The court’s biggest news in the past year was the departure of Justice Brent Dickson and the arrival of Justice Geoffrey Slaughter, but the court’s annual report contains additional interesting facts for practitioners.  A few notable takeaways include:   Criminal Law Focus: The court’s docket is still dominated by criminal cases. For the fiscal year, criminal cases…

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