Speaking Engagements

Richard M. Barnes Speaks at ABA Pharmaceutical/Medical Device Regional Workshop

November 2011

Richard M. Barnes was a speaker at the American Bar Association’s Pharmaceutical/Medical Device Regional CLE Workshop on Current Issues in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation.  The event was held on Thursday, November 17, 2011 in Philadelphia, PA. 

Mr. Barnes was a featured panelist presenting on “The Art of Pleading in a Post-Twombly/Iqbal World: Parallel Claims and More.”  This panel discussion explored pleading issues related to the interplay between the Twombly and Iqbal decisions and affirmative defenses, in particular preemption.  Panelists discussed parallel claims to defeat preemption asserting a violation of federal law and claims arguably not imposed by state law, such as breach of warranty, to determine how the concepts work together to defeat or sustain cases where preemption is a defense.