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Never-Ending Liability Under Novartis


Innovator liability is not an uncommon concept to drug manufacturers.

Drug manufacturers can be held accountable for injuries that happen due to products they aren’t responsible for making. All thanks to innovator liability. Innovator liability can hit drug manufacturers just because they are an innovator. This white paper reviews how innovator liability is brought about and the recent Novartis opinion.



Jianlin Song

Wilson Elser

Jianlin Song began her professional life as a physician, and today focuses her product liability legal practice on litigation and compliance issues involving medical device and pharmaceutical products. She also has experience defending medical malpractice and other health care matters. Jianlin has defended manufacturers and distributors of enzyme supplements, joint prostheses and clinical laboratories. She has appeared before the federal and state courts in California and successfully argued various dispositive, discovery and pre-trial motions. Jianlin also has experience advising biomedical companies on FDA compliance issues. Prior to joining Wilson Elser, she represented companies in various industries, including silica, welding rod, chemical products, and mechanical and labor contractors.

Additionally, Jianlin counsels small businesses and provides legal services to Chinese companies on matters relating to formation, operation and routine business activities. She helps Chinese companies establish their presence in California and operate in compliance with pertinent laws and regulations.

Jianlin served judicial clerkships with the Honorable Ann M. Donio, District of New Jersey, and the Honorable Jack M. Sabatino, Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division.

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