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Practice Area: Consumers' Rights

Public Justice Fights for Prescription Drug Victims in California Supreme Court

Generic drugs, anyone? If you care about access to justice, you might want to just say no. In a suit we’ve filed on behalf of twin boys, the California Supreme Court case will determine whether victims of inadequately labeled generic drugs can seek compensation for their injuries from brand-name drug manufacturers. The stakes couldn’t be higher: over 80 percent of all drugs consumed in this country are generic.

Paul Bland Comments on Takata Airbag Recall

Paul Bland recently spoke to the Sinclair Broadcasting Group about the Takata airbag recall, which affects over 17 million cars. In some airbags, the device becomes defective and causes sharp shards to explode in the face of the passenger during a crash. These airbags have been linked to 13 deaths and more than 100 injuries.

California Supreme Court to Hear Drug Company Challenge to Personal Jurisdiction

One of the first things I learned in law school was that a corporation’s “continuous and systematic” economic activities in a particular state were sufficient to subject the company to personal jurisdiction in that state. That’s what the U.S. Supreme Court held way back in 1945. And that that remained essentially undisturbed for over 70 years. In 2014, however, the Supreme Court gave corporations a brand-new defense that they are now employing with great gusto in courts across the country. Public Justice is challenging that in a newly filed amicus brief, taking on corporations that are attempting to limit injured plaintiffs’ access to justice by advocating a narrow reading of Supreme Court precedent to effectively deny injury victims access to state courts.