A Bausch & Lomb Inc. affiliate will cough up $33.5 million as part of an agreement copping to federal charges that it promoted an anti-inflammatory eye treatment drug for unapproved new uses, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.
Connecticut’s House of Representatives passed a bill Friday mandating special labels for food sold in the state containing genetically modified ingredients, after amending the legislation to include a trigger clause requiring several other states to pass similar measures before it goes into effect.
The U.S. solicitor general told the Supreme Court on Thursday that it should refuse to review the Second Circuit's ruling that a ban on asbestos claims during bankruptcy proceedings does not apply to allegations brought by Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos' law firm against Pfizer Inc.
The family of a 2-year-old boy killed by wild dogs after he fell into a pen at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium filed suit in Pennsylvania state court on Thursday seeking to hold the zoo liable for the child’s death.
Intuitive Surgical Inc. was not negligent in its training of a doctor whose botched surgery using the company's da Vinci robotic surgical system allegedly led to a patient's premature death, a Washington state jury ruled Thursday.
In a brief filed Tuesday in Pennsylvania state court, Consolidated Rail Corp. said it could not be held liable as a carrier of hazardous material for alleged injuries suffered by a group of nearly two dozen New Jersey residents after a November train derailment and chemical spill.
A California judge on Friday denied Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Inc.'s bid to toss an $8.3 million jury award won by a retired prison guard who alleged he was injured by its ASR XL metal hip, ruling sufficient evidence existed to prove the product was defectively designed.
A California federal judge on Thursday rejected Windmill Health Products LLC's bid to dismiss a putative class action accusing it of falsely advertising that its Iso-Test capsules boost testosterone, finding the company failed to show the suit was preempted by the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
After billionaire William Koch bought some allegedly counterfeit wine at auction, Irell & Manella LLP attorneys won him a $12 million fraud verdict by showing jurors that false labeling is a consumer rights issue that can affect anyone — not just wealthy businessmen.
A California judge on Thursday indicated he will approve a $4.3 million settlement of a consumer class action alleging the maker of the popular hair-straightening product Brazilian Blowout failed to disclose it emits formaldehyde gas, saying the parties had resolved his concerns about the proposed deal.
A union for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. employees on Tuesday urged the D.C. Circuit to deny an effort to overturn U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule revisions that say government-mandated hazardous materials warnings do not preempt personal injury suits.
Under the chemical safety reform bill unveiled Wednesday, states and cities would give up to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency nearly all of their ability to ban dangerous chemicals or require safety testing, and the little power they did preserve would be prone to challenges from chemical makers.
A federal judge on Thursday refused to delay Chevron Corp.’s case against Steven Donziger, the lawyer accused of using fraud to win a $19 billion pollution judgment against the oil company, despite Donziger’s pleas for more time.
A Colorado federal judge on Thursday refused to let Travelers Insurance Co. avoid covering a construction company's $11.5 million property damage settlement with a homeowner's association, ruling that Travelers could not show that the firm is an exempt commercial policyholder.
With the U.S. Supreme Court and the Fifth Circuit recently pulling the plug on suits blaming energy companies for spewing greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming and extreme weather, attorneys say the pursuit of climate change tort litigation is approaching a dead end, leaving legislation and regulation as the only viable outlets to tackle the issue.
A coalition of Chevron Corp. shareholders asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday to investigate the oil giant over allegations it has misled investors about the potential impact of a bitterly contested $19 billion Amazonian pollution judgment.
Two Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation on Wednesday that would direct the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to issue mandatory safety standards if manufacturers do not adopt new voluntary standards for helmets and other equipment that protects against concussions.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday blocked certain imports from India-based drugmaker Wockhardt Ltd. after inspections allegedly turned up violations of good manufacturing practices.
Daiichi Sankyo Co. Ltd. is weighing litigation against certain former shareholders of its majority-owned Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd., saying Wednesday that it believed the shareholders had covered up critical information over tainted drug investigations leading to a recent $500 million U.S. civil and criminal settlement.
The New York State Senate on Thursday took another shot at regulating cadmium, lead, nickel and other metals found in children's jewelry, unanimously passing a bill to adopt recent federal standards, but Assembly Democrats may pass over it in favor of a stronger measure.
A number of lessons can be learned from the representative case involving a wrongful death claim against Phusion Projects Inc., the company behind the Four Loko beverage. Now, the industry is left to wonder the extent of the liability a court finds for an individual’s overconsumption, says Ashley Watkins of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.
With extensive numbers of researchers and plaintiffs’ attorneys focused on bronchiolitis obliterans, a quickly expanding respiratory condition often viewed as unique to microwave popcorn and flavoring industries, it is certain that this serious disease will continue to be a subject of scrutiny for employers and manufacturers across numerous industries, say attorneys with Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.
In the technical sense, medical causation answers whether an accused substance brought about some alleged disease. But rarely are the central causal allegations in major toxic torts purely courtroom affairs — publicity and politics now drive the litigation, with plaintiff verdicts begetting more publicity, says James Sabovich of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
Data mining has led, and will lead to, startling discoveries in the sciences. In the law, it may well lead to startling liabilities, especially if defendants are made to pay for harms foreseeable only by the most powerful software available, says David Oliver of Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP.
The long-awaited proposed reforms to California's Proposition 65 are welcome and needed as they would greatly reduce the number of frivolous Prop. 65 lawsuits and alleviate the defense costs for manufacturers, says Mark Johnson of Alston & Bird LLP.
The Illinois appellate court decision in John Crane Inc. v. Admiral Insurance Co. on joint and several liability of excess insurers covering asbestos-related injury claims left several questions unanswered — most importantly, regarding separate injury triggers and the "all sums with stacking" approach, say attorneys with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP.
The pros of using predictive coding far outweigh the cons. Given the heavy pressure on law firms and in-house counsel to reduce discovery costs, as well as the Justice Department's recent stance on the subject, it appears predictive coding will continue to emerge from the obscure world of legal technology to the mainstream of legal practice, say Michael Moscato and Myles Bartley of Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP.
As evidenced by a recent study conducted by Oceana, mislabeled seafood appears to be a widespread problem that can adversely affect both the public interest and individual consumers’ wallets, health and socially responsible purchasing precepts, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.
The Illinois Supreme Court's ruling in Russell v. SNFA is troubling to part manufacturers as it suggests that an Illinois court can now find a part supplier bound to the marketing and distribution systems of its clients, regardless of where the end product is marketed, and find personal jurisdiction over the supplier, say attorneys with Locke Lord LLP.
The recent $4 million settlement by Tyson Foods Inc. represents one of the largest penalties for a stand-alone risk management program enforcement case since the provision was added to the Clean Air Act in 1990. This case also exemplifies the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s increasing focus on RMP compliance and its intention to seek ever-larger penalties for RMP violations, say attorneys with Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP.