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Whole Foods Faces Tremendous Risk In Connection With The Death of an 8 Year-Old From E. Coli 0157:H7 Infection

Posted in All Practice Areas, Foodborne Illness, Massachusetts Courts

The parents of Joshua Kaye, an 8 year-old boy from Braintree, Massachusetts who died on July 7, 2014, after contracting an E. coli 0157:H7 infection that turned into hemolytic uremic syndrome, have filed suit against Whole Foods, the retail store from which they allege to have purchased the contaminated meat, and Rain Crow Ranch, a… Continue Reading

Massachusetts Court Finds Plaintiffs’ Claims Against Generic Drug Manufacturers Are Barred By Preemption

Posted in Massachusetts Courts, Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices

Written by Jonathan F. Tabasky and Kate B. Puccio Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Bruce R. Henry recently dismissed a series of claims against several manufacturers of the generic drug Metoclopramide (“MCP”), against whom failure to warn claims was alleged.  See White v. Elsevier, Inc., Middlesex Superior Court Civil Action No. 11-04441.  In so doing, Judge… Continue Reading

Another Brick In The Wall Against Medical Monitoring Claims

Posted in Asbestos Litigation, Massachusetts Courts, Toxic Tort

United States District Court Judge Mark L. Wolf recently denied the “medical monitoring” claims of a putative class alleging beryllium exposure. This is the first decision addressing medical monitoring claims in Massachusetts since the landmark Donovan ruling in 2009, and strengthens the restrictions on such claims. Medical monitoring claims, a relatively modern addition to tort… Continue Reading

Fairness of Imposing Statutory Interest Rate on Private Entity Defendants When Rate is Significantly above Existing Market Interest Rates

Posted in Litigation Trends, Massachusetts Courts

  In Massachusetts, the interest rate for pre-and post-judgment interest is 12%, a number which was last revised in 1982 during the Reagan Administration.   See Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 231,§ 6B.   Massachusetts has not followed the lead of other states and federal district courts which use a floating rate or an economic benchmark for determining what the pre- and… Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Wage Act: Increased Number of Claims Leads to Influx of Important Rulings

Posted in Employment Litigation, Massachusetts Courts

The Massachusetts Payment of Wages Statute (the “Wage Act”) has lately received a great deal of attention from Massachusetts trial and appellate courts.  Although the statute has been in place since 1993, Massachusetts employers have recently faced a marked increase in Wage Act claims, likely due to the availability of treble damages and attorneys fees.  Just in the past year, Massachusetts court… Continue Reading

Avoiding Litigation Risks Arising Out of Private Investment Firms’ Controlling Interest in Portfolio Companies

Posted in Litigation Trends, Massachusetts Courts

Recently, my firm Cooley Manion Jones LLP, successfully obtained summary judgment (download pdf) on behalf of its clients, Boca Raton-based private equity firm Sun Capital Partners, Inc. and six of its affiliated entities.  The claims were brought by two entities that had entered into contractual relationships to serve as independent sales representatives on behalf of Sun… Continue Reading

Insurers Beware —Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Has Final Word on Damages Plaintiffs Are Entitled to Recover For Defendant-Insurers’ Violations of M.G.L. c. 93a and 176D

Posted in Litigation Trends, Massachusetts Courts

Co-authored by Brian Gross  On February 10, 2012, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court found that plaintiffs were entitled to more than $22 million when it held that the damages to which a plaintiff is entitled to recover pursuant to M.G.L. c. 93A and 176D for an insurers’ failure to effect prompt, fair and equitable settlement of… Continue Reading

Massachusetts Court Extends Mensing to Bar Failure To Warn Claims Against Generic Drug Distributors

Posted in Litigation Trends, Massachusetts Courts, Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices, Products Liability

Co-authored by Brian Gross  In June of 2011, the United States Supreme Court ruled that makers of generic drugs cannot be sued for failing to warn consumers of the possible side effects of their products if they copy the exact warnings used by their brand-name equivalents.  See Pliva, Inc., et al. v. Mensing, 131 S.Ct. 2567… Continue Reading