The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has ordered that pre-trial proceedings in twelve putative class actions alleging defects in composite outdoor decking materials be coordinated or consolidated in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. The suits contend that decking materials sold by GAF Materials Corp. tend to warp, crack, and… Read More

In a landmark decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court declined to adopt the Restatement (Third) of Torts in product liability cases. Jurisdictions that adopted the Third Restatement allow defendants to introduce evidence regarding the foreseeability of a product’s risks and require plaintiffs to establish that a safer alternative design was viable when the product was manufactured.… Read More