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Trial Magazine

Trial is AAJ's award-winning magazine for attorneys, law professors, judges and others in the legal community. Trial brings readers news of the latest legal trends and developments, informative articles about civil law practice, coverage of recent verdicts and settlements in a wide range of practice areas, and commentary and analysis on emerging legal issues.

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2018 July—Drugs & Devices

Volume 54, No. 7

Trial’s July issue focuses on drugs and devices and examines manufacturer liability. Read about ongoing federal litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors, strategies for responding to preemption motions in 510(k) medical device cases, and more. Also: a Q&A with Judge Kathryn Vratil about overcoming barriers to diversity in MDL leadership.

Theme articles

  • Our modern epidemic
    J. Burton LeBlanc IV and S. Ann Saucer
  • Q&A: Making waves
    Judge Kathryn Vratil interview, by Rachel Gusman
  • Plan for defeating preemption
    Karen H. Beyea-Schroeder
  • Medical monitoring
    M. Elizabeth ("Beth") Graham and Stephanie S. Riley

Also in this Issue

  • The Brief July 2018

President's Page

  • Working together
    Kathleen Nastri

Verdicts & Settlements

  • Failure to fully fence, protect dugout
  • Failure to secure aggressive dog
  • Excessive force
  • Failure to remove bus driver with fainting condition
  • Starbucks patron slips on fallen cardboard placard
  • Failure to replace dock plate
  • Inadequate security
  • Exposure to harmful chemicals
  • Failure to identify presence of toxic fumes

On the Hill

  • Rule changes ahead
    Susan Steinman

Good Counsel

  • Using conjoint analysis to calculate damages
    Sally M. Handmaker

Question of the Month

  • What's the one question you always ask new clients?


  • Class action reforms Chicago's red light camera program
    Diane M. Zhang

Justice in Motion

  • Register now for fall CLE
  • Surfing to heal
    Kristen A. Lango


  • On the Jury Trial: Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy
    by Thomas M. Melshelmer and Judge Craig Smith, reviewed by Patrick Salvi II


  • The lighter side of the law