A California federal judge on Friday refused to toss a securities fraud class action against Impax Laboratories Inc. that alleges the pharmaceutical company hid serious quality-control deficiencies while exaggerating its progress toward fixing them.
A whistleblower has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to revive a False Claims Act suit against Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. after the First Circuit upheld the suit's dismissal, arguing the case presents a circuit split on when a plaintiff can seek leave to amend a complaint.
A West Virginia federal judge ordered a limited consolidation Friday in roughly 60 civil suits against Freedom Industries Inc. and West Virginia-American Water Co. over the massive coal processing chemical spill that contaminated drinking water, finding a common question of law or fact.
BP PLC was hit with at least six securities suits in Texas federal court Friday, with groups of foreign businesses and U.S. retirement funds alleging the oil company’s actions and response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill cost them millions of dollars.
A New Jersey federal judge on Friday tossed a putative class action alleging Nordic Naturals Inc. misled consumers about the contents of a fish oil supplement, saying the complaint was short on details about the alleged deceit and the losses it caused.
KBR Inc. is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to toss dozens of class actions from soldiers claiming they were injured by smoke inhaled from “burn pits” that the military contractor used to dispose of waste in Afghanistan and Iraq, arguing it can’t be held liable for the consequences of the U.S. Army’s wartime decisions.
Pom Wonderful LLC is expected to argue to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday that its competitor Coca-Cola Co.'s juice label misled consumers in practice even if it complied with U.S. Food and Drug Administration rules, testing the extent to which the agency's regulations should block private lawsuits between companies.
A Pennsylvania-based manufacturer of weight-loss capsules was hit with a proposed class action in California court Wednesday alleging the pills don’t contain an African cactus plant as advertised and therefore can’t deliver the plant's supposed health benefits.
Specialty Products Holding Corp. asked a Delaware bankruptcy judge Thursday to sign off on a $3.2 million program designed to alert those exposed to its former asbestos-containing products of the upcoming deadline to file claims in the company's Chapter 11 case.
Under a recent Fourth Circuit ruling, manufacturers looking to stop the Consumer Product Safety Commission from falsely disparaging their products on the Saferproducts.gov database must launch a public broadside against the agency, and attorneys say most will decide that the payoff isn’t worth the publicity.
The University of Southern California and its student health center urged a California federal judge on Friday to toss an ex-USC football player's claims that a team doctor negligently administered a painkiller that gave him a heart attack, saying the player didn't show a breach in the standard of care.
A California federal judge on Friday sent back four of 10 claims to be amended in a lawsuit by beekeepers alleging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency failed to adequately regulate pesticides that are annihilating honeybees and thereby hurting the economy and threatening agriculture, keeping the suit alive.
American Commercial Lines LLC is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to clarify maritime laws on preventing ship collisions in inland channels, hoping to hold another ship owner liable for the 2008 sinking of an ACL barge that caused a large oil spill in the Mississippi River.
The estate of a deceased paper mill worker asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to weigh in on whether an appellate court should order a new case when a court holds a trial without properly vetting expert testimony, arguing that its $9.4 million asbestos judgment against two paper equipment manufacturers should not have been wiped out.
A proposed class action claiming Apple Inc. installed defective power buttons in its iPhone 4 was dismissed Friday by a California federal judge who said the plaintiff couldn't use Florida law to bring a California fraud claim.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday disclosed plans for a sizable survey of how prescription drug advertisements affect consumer perception of product dangers and benefits, adding to a notable uptick in the agency's scrutiny of risk disclosures.
General Motors Co.’s airbag supplier Continental Automotive Systems U.S. Inc. knew its airbags would not deploy in accidents caused by the automaker’s defective ignition switches, a putative class argued in California federal court on Wednesday.
The plaintiffs alleging GlaxoSmithKline LLC's antidepressant drug Paxil caused birth defects urged the Third Circuit on Tuesday to move the case back to Pennsylvania state court, saying a federal court had erred in denying their motion to remand.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court has agreed to rehear the appeal of a trial court ruling that Ford Motor Co. was not liable for an automobile accident that left a mother paralyzed and caused serious injuries to her daughter.
A California federal court recently decertified the proposed class in an action against POM Wonderful LLC over health claims about its juice. Plaintiffs failed to certify their class against POM for the same reason certification failed in another recent case against Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. — ascertainability. Whether this is another nail in California's class action coffin remains to be seen, but plaintiffs should expect stricter scrutiny from courts regarding class claims, says Richard Goldfarb of Stoel Rives LLP.
There has been a dramatic change in how public relations professionals interact with the news media to promote or protect a law firm’s brand and reputation. But content is queen and has a bright future in law firm PR — it all begins with a plan that should include goals, performance indicators and a system of assessment, say Paul Webb, director of marketing at Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP, and Kathy O'Brien, senior vice president at Jaffe PR.
The Arkansas Supreme Court's decision in Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Arkansas dealt a blow to state attorneys general seeking to take action in matters primarily within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The case could signal a court pushback against state encroachment into federal regulatory matters, and may curb the outsourcing of litigation to private counsel with financial incentives to pursue enormous recoveries in court, say attorneys at Covington & Burling LLP.
Jewel litigation has been filed after every major law firm bankruptcy in the past 10 years, including Lyon & Lyon, Brobeck, Coudert, Thelen, Heller and Howrey. These lawsuits have produced years of litigation, with similar suits expected in the Dewey bankruptcy. Despite the legal uncertainties surrounding such claims, hiring firms can take steps now to minimize their Jewel risk for any lateral hire, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.
While relatively few food recall claims have been litigated, there is a small body of case law that has developed in the last few years highlighting important considerations for policyholders. The cases generally hold that there is no coverage for a purely prophylactic recall, a result that has the potential to exclude a significant number of recalls from coverage — policyholders must demonstrate actual contamination or mislabeling, says Joshua Davey of McGuireWoods LLP.
While the actual breaches are unknown, Heartbleed has the potential to expose all of a lawyer's files stored or transmitted online. The bug raises professional responsibility questions and offers confirmation of the greatest anxieties that the legal industry has about online practice. In fact, the timing is poor for many legal tech providers, following a general industry warming to cloud offerings, says David Houlihan of Blue Hill Research Inc.
In Biotronik AG v. Conor Medsystems Ireland Ltd., the New York Court of Appeals ruled that a no consequential damages clause in a distribution agreement did not preclude the distributor from proceeding with a claim for lost profit damages. A manufacturer must recognize that, if it breaches an agreement, the clause may not protect it from claims on the sale of a product had the agreement not been breached, say Rick Robinson and Glen Banks of Norton Rose Fulbright.
Why do the majority of speakers get polite claps at the end of their talks while a few select others receive rousing applause? Having given more than 375 presentations to legal groups, bar associations, Fortune 500 companies and corporate gatherings, I’ve learned a few things about what not to do. Remember, great speakers don’t tell “war stories.” They don’t even give examples from their own practice, says Michael Rubin of McGlinchey Stafford PLLC.
A New York state appeals court recently refined the New York Court of Appeals' ruling in Caronia v. Philip Morris USA Inc., allowing plaintiffs to pursue medical monitoring as a form of damages where they had an existing tort cause of action. Parties can expect further litigation on the issue of what constitutes physical injury sufficient to seek damages for medical monitoring since injury can be an entryway for such damages, says Kristie Tappan of Sedgwick LLP.
The recent Ninth Circuit ruling in Ventress v. Japan Airlines correctly affirms years of preemption jurisprudence holding that state law claims that intrude upon the federally regulated area of aviation safety will be preempted. This well-reasoned approach furthers Congress’ goal of creating a uniform system of aviation safety, and provides airlines with another tool in their kit to combat state law claims, employment or otherwise, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.