Illinois Supreme Court asserts personal jurisdiction over non-US manufacturer despite absence of direct Illinois product sales

The Illinois Supreme Court recently affirmed the assertion of personal jurisdiction over a non-US component part manufacturer that never sold a single product directly to a consumer in the state of Illinois.  See Russell v. SNFA, 987 N.E.2d 778 (Illinois 2013).  The Court held that sales in Illinois, by an unaffiliated US distributor, of helicopter … Read more

Alcohol pricing restrictions

With no announcement in the March 2013 Budget on the issue of Minimum Unit Pricing for alcohol, speculation has arisen that the UK Government may be re-thinking its approach to the issue of alcohol pricing. The proposal for Minimum Unit Pricing, originally announced in March 2012 in the Government’s Alcohol  Strategy alongside proposals such as … Read more

Contaminated meat: legal implications for corporates

On 16 January 2013 the Food Standards Agency (FSA) confirmed that the Food Safety Authority of Ireland had identified horse and pig DNA in a range of beef products on sale at several supermarkets. This prompted widespread testing of beef products across the EU which led to the discovery of further incidences of contamination and … Read more

Florida Supreme Court limits the economic loss rule to products liability cases

The economic loss rule is a judicially-created doctrine that prohibits any tort action or recovery where there are no injuries to persons or their property, but rather, the damages or losses suffered are economic in nature.  The rule was intended to recognise the “fundamental boundary between contract law, which is designed to enforce the expectancy … Read more

Addiction postulates and legal causation, or who’s in charge, person or brain?

David L Wallace has published an article in the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law addressing the persistent confusion over the meaning of a medical diagnosis of drug addiction or substance dependence in the courtroom, specifically in regard to legal judgments about the reasonable legal person, causation, and individual responsibility in civil actions. Using the … Read more

Europe’s Product Safety and Market Surveillance Package 2013

On 13 February 2013, the European Commission (EC) adopted the Product Safety and Market Surveillance Package with the aim of simplifying and making more uniform the safety rules applying to non-food products, streamlining market surveillance procedures and better co-ordinating and monitoring the carrying out of market surveillance activities in the EU. The main items in … Read more