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Air and Liquid Systems Corp. v. DeVries

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
17-1104 3d Cir. Oct 10, 2018
Tr.Aud.
Mar 19, 2019 6-3 Kavanaugh OT 2018

Disclosure: Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose attorneys contribute to this blog in various capacities, is among the counsel to the respondent in this case.

Holding: In the maritime tort context, a product manufacturer has a duty to warn when its product requires incorporation of a part, the manufacturer knows or has reason to know that the integrated product is likely to be dangerous for its intended uses, and the manufacturer has no reason to believe that the product’s users will realize that danger.

Judgment: Affirmed, 6-3, in an opinion by Justice Kavanaugh on March 19, 2019. Justice Gorsuch filed a dissenting opinion, in which Justices Thomas and Alito joined.

SCOTUSblog Coverage

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Dec 08 2017Application (17A625) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from January 1, 2018 to February 1, 2018, submitted to Justice Alito.
Dec 11 2017Application (17A625) granted by Justice Alito extending the time to file until January 31, 2018.
Jan 31 2018Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due March 9, 2018)
Mar 05 2018Blanket Consent filed by Petitioners, Air and Liquid Systems Corp., et al..
Mar 05 2018Motion to extend the time to file a response from March 9, 2018 to March 23, 2018, submitted to The Clerk.
Mar 05 2018Application of Devries for a further extension of time not accepted for filing. (March 12, 2018)
Mar 08 2018Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including March 23, 2018.
Mar 09 2018Brief amicus curiae of The Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America filed.
Mar 23 2018Brief of respondents Roberta G. DeVries, Executrix of the Estate of John B. Devries, Deceased, et al. in opposition filed.
Apr 05 2018Reply of petitioners Air and Liquid Systems Corp., et al. filed.
Apr 11 2018DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 4/27/2018.
May 07 2018DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 5/10/2018.
May 14 2018Petition GRANTED.
May 23 2018Motion for an extension of time to file joint appendix and the opening briefs on the merits filed.
Jun 07 2018Motion to extend the time to file the joint appendix and the opening briefs on the merits granted. The time to file the joint appendix and petitioners' brief on the merits is extended to and including July 9, 2018. The time to file respondents' brief on the merits is extended to and including August 20, 2018.
Jun 15 2018Letter of respondent General Electric Co. filed.
Jul 09 2018SET FOR ARGUMENT On Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Jul 09 2018Brief of respondent General Electric Co. in support of petitioners filed.
Jul 09 2018Brief of petitioners Air and Liquid Systems Corp., et al. filed.
Jul 09 2018Joint appendix filed (2 volumes). (Statement of costs filed)
Jul 13 2018Brief amicus curiae of Richard A. Epstein filed.
Jul 16 2018Brief amici curiae of Product Liability Advisory Counsel, Inc. filed.
Jul 16 2018Brief amici curiae of The Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America, et al. filed.
Jul 16 2018Brief amicus curiae of Coalition for Litigation Justice, Inc., et al. filed.
Aug 03 2018CIRCULATED
Aug 07 2018Record requested from the U.S.C.A. 3rd Circuit.
Aug 20 2018Record received from the U.S.C.A. 3rd Circuit. The record is electronic.
Aug 20 2018Brief of respondents Roberta G. DeVries, Individually and as Administratrix of the Estate of John B. DeVries, Deceased, et al. filed. (Distributed). (Corrected version submitted).
Aug 20 2018Brief of respondents Roberta G. DeVries, Individually and as Administratrix of the Estate of John B. DeVries, Deceased, et al. filed. (Distributed). (Corrected - September 26, 2018).
Aug 24 2018Brief amici curiae of Multiple Veterans Organizations filed. (Distributed)
Aug 27 2018Brief amicus curiae of Port Ministries International filed. (Distributed)
Aug 27 2018Brief amicus curiae of American Association for Justice filed. (Distributed)
Aug 27 2018Amicus brief of Evelyn Hutchins, Flora Everett, James T. McAllister not accepted for filing. (Resubmitted with complete documentation - August 31, 2018)
Aug 27 2018Brief amici curiae of Evelyn Hutchins, Flora Everett, James T. McAllister filed. (Distributed)
Sep 19 2018Reply of petitioners Air and Liquid Systems Corp., et al. filed. (Distributed)
Sep 19 2018Reply of respondentGeneral Electric Co. in support of petitioners filed. (Distributed)
Oct 10 2018Argued. For petitioners: Shay Dvoretzky, Washington, D. C. For respondents: Thomas C. Goldstein, Bethesda, Md.
Mar 19 2019Adjudged to be AFFIRMED. Kavanaugh, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Roberts, C. J., and Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan, JJ., joined. Gorsuch, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which Thomas and Alito, JJ., joined.
Apr 22 2019JUDGMENT ISSUED.
 
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