• Posts by Beth A. Bauer

    Beth A. Bauer is a litigation attorney with a primary emphasis in the defense of complex, multi-party civil cases and class actions, including all aspects of:

    • consumer fraud
    • product liability (particularly pharmaceuticals ...

Examines Seventh Circuit’s recent clarification of home-state controversy and internal-affairs exceptions to federal court jurisdiction under CAFA.


Federal appeals court rules that learned-intermediary doctrine can be applied to failure-to-warn claims regarding medical devices


Klehr v. Illinois Farmers Ins. Co., No. 121843, 1st Dist. No. 1-12-1843

The plaintiff was a passenger in a car hit by an uninsured driver. She suffered substantial injuries. And, the driver of the car in which the plaintiff rode was underinsured. Thus, her medical costs were not fully covered by insurance from either of the drivers of the vehicles in the collision.

In 2007, the plaintiff (“insured”) filed a claim for the remainder of the costs under her personal insurance policy issued by the defendant insurer.  She also invoked the policy’s arbitration clause to adjudicate the ...


In Parko, et al. v. Shell Oil Co. et al., Nos. 13-8023 & 8024 (7th Cir. Jan. 17, 2014), Judge Posner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently reversed an order from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois granting class certification to a group of plaintiffs who alleged that an industrial site leaked benzene and other contaminants into the groundwater under the proposed class members’ properties, thereby damaging the value of these properties.  Judge Posner distinguished the case from an opinion he authored in Mejdrech v ...

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