state tort law
Despite the fact that the hazardous endeavor of human spaceflight has been around for 51 years—ever since the Soviets launched Yuri Gagarin into orbit aboard Vostok I—there has not been much need to ponder the liability regime surrounding injury- or death-producing accidents in space.
The generic drug industry suffered a disappointment when the 1st Circuit recently held federal law did not preempt state tort law in design defect cases.
Chalk one up for the drug companies. In a hotly contested decision, the Supreme Court yesterday ruled in Pliva, Inc. v. Mensing that generic drug companies are immune from consumer lawsuits alleging misleading product labeling.