A Los Angeles jury has awarded $7 million to a man who was diagnosed with mesothelioma and his wife of 50 years, finding former manufacturer of asbestos-containing products Rich-Tex Inc. partially liable for his illness, the plaintiffs' attorneys said Wednesday.
The controversial Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal could worsen seafood safety as the majority of the nation’s seafood products are imported but not properly inspected, Food and Water Watch said on Tuesday.
A California federal judge refused to let a wholesale grocer out of a proposed class action alleging it falsely marketed foods as octopus when in reality they contained jumbo squid, ruling Wednesday that the grocer's sales figures weren't enough to show that the class failed to meet the damages threshold.
A New Jersey federal magistrate judge preliminarily blessed a $17.5 million settlement Wednesday of a class' claims that Mitsubishi Fuso box trucks had defective engines that became a major hurdle for the business owners and distributors who rely on them.
Two pharmaceutical companies are still locked in a false advertising and trademark feud over a colonoscopy bowel preparation drug, after a Massachusetts federal judge said Tuesday that there were still factual questions about whether one company’s use of a newsletter article was misleading.
Ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship’s attorneys took aim at allegedly faulty jury instructions in appealing his conviction before the Fourth Circuit on Wednesday, saying that the directives made it too easy to conclude that Blankenship willfully violated safety rules at a West Virginia coal mine, according to media reports.
A New York federal judge on Wednesday tossed a proposed class-action brought by a candy buyer who alleged the makers of Sour Patch Kids candy "slack-filled" pouches of its product, saying the entire complaint fell short of pleading requirements.
The city of Chicago took a last stab at updating its complaint in its suit against Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. and several other pharmaceutical companies over their alleged deceptive marketing of opioid painkillers Tuesday, adding details about the city's own fight against abuse of the addictive drugs.
A California state appellate court ruled Wednesday that an employee of an independent contractor on an electrical project at a California university can’t recover damages for work-related injuries from the entity that hired the contractor.
Vehicle owners whose theory that the General Motors brand lost value because of an ignition switch defect was rejected by the New York federal judge overseeing their multidistrict litigation should not get to amend that claim because it was dismissed permanently, GM argued on Tuesday.
Eastman Chemical Co. said Wednesday it has reached a deal to resolve class allegations over the company's role in a Freedom Industries Inc. coal-processing chemical mixture spill in West Virginia that left nearly 300,000 people without drinking water for days in early 2014.
Nutrition Distribution LLC sued Line One Nutrition Inc. in California federal court on Tuesday, accusing its competitor of cheating in the $32 billion marketplace for nutritional supplements by selling steroid substitutes that aren't labeled as such and that it says pose health risks.
A Los Angeles homeowner hit a Farmers Insurance Co. unit with a proposed class action in California state court on Wednesday alleging the insurers illegally limited coverage of wildfire smoke damage by changing policies without adequate notice and saying it was "not actual fire damage."
Two drivers involved in a larger suit against car manufacturer Fiat Chrysler Automobiles over an allegedly hacker-sensitive system in certain cars sold by Fiat asked an Illinois federal judge on Tuesday to revive their claims against the technology company that made that system now that they've dropped their claims against the carmaker.
Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday that it is recalling about 5.8 million vehicles worldwide over possibly defective air bags manufactured by Takata Corp. that are reportedly prone to exploding.
Costco's bid for quick judgment in the class action over berries contaminated with hepatitis A was struck down Wednesday by a California federal judge, who agreed with the consumers that the retailer made the attempt a month too late.
More than 100 members of the NAACP on Tuesday hit hotel chain Sofitel with a suit in California state court alleging they were stricken with food poisoning after eating tainted salmon at a gala dinner event, and that the hotel's refusal to help them while they were ill was discriminatory.
Michigan’s Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday asked the U.S. Department of Justice to review how the state has allegedly blocked the city of Flint from suing the state in connection with the city’s lead-tainted drinking water crisis.
Menasha Corp., the city of Appleton, Wisconsin, and other parties fighting cost recovery claims from Appvion Inc. at the Lower Fox River Superfund Site urged a federal judge to join an affiliate of Appvion to the suit, saying the company that paid the vast majority of Appvion's $199 million claim must be added to the suit to ensure the claims are resolved with finality.
Takata Corp. has brought on a former U.S. Department of Justice federal prosecutor to head ethics and regulatory compliance for its U.S. subsidiary TK Holdings Inc., as the company continues to deal with the fallout from manufacturing faulty air bag parts that have caused more than 12 million vehicles to be recalled.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's proposed rule requiring electronic submission of labels and package inserts for certain “home-use” medical devices furthers the agency's plan to make the information available to the public through the internet. But the proposal should not place significant additional burdens on medical device establishment owners or operators, says Carolina M. Wirth of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.
I was given immediate responsibility for responding to the Iran-Contra crisis. My problem as a lawyer was what to do about all the requests for files, documents and other information that were coming in from investigators. Ultimately, it came down to this: What do I believe about my client? says Peter Wallison, who served as White House counsel for President Ronald Reagan.
The Rhode Island Superior Court's recent dismissal of an asbestos-related mesothelioma claim brought by a Tennessee resident affirmed the importance of personal jurisdiction in liability lawsuits. The ruling extended the U.S. Supreme Court’s standard passed down in Daimler AG v. Bauman, say Carolyn E. Riggs and Brian Gross of Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP.
The experience of preparing for the 1981 air traffic controller strike brought home to me the responsibility a lawyer owes to his or her client — be it an average citizen, a corporation or a president, says Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP partner Fred Fielding, who served as White House counsel for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.
Results from a recent International Association of Defense Counsel survey reveal a significant disconnect between inside and outside lawyers when it comes to perceptions of their own effectiveness versus the perceptions of their counterparts on the other side of the fence, say Andrew Chamberlin, a partner at Ellis & Winters LLP, and Orlyn Lockard, associate general counsel at Siemens Corp.
The Louisiana Supreme Court recently decided, in Arceneaux v. Amstar Corp., that in long latency disease cases, an insurer’s payments of defense costs may be prorated when the insurer’s occurrence-based policy was effective only during part of the plaintiffs’ exposure years. But the narrow scope of the ruling leaves its ultimate impact uncertain, says Natasha Corb of Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP.
My experience with the Nixon pardon, the Nixon tapes, the construction of the White House swimming pool, and other matters well out of the ordinary for a president’s lawyer taught me that in the practice of law one should learn to expect and cope with the unexpected, says William Casselman, who served as White House counsel for President Gerald Ford.
A new interim final rule recently published by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration gives the agency authority to issue emergency orders to owners and operators of gas or hazardous liquid pipelines. The new tool is intended to augment PHMSA’s existing authorities by providing the ability to respond swiftly to conditions that pose a substantial threat to health and safety, say Katie Thomson and Bob Fleishman of... (continued)
Not all aspects of the partnership process are within an attorney’s power. However, there are some factors that an associate can control on the path to partnership, the most important of which are the relationships cultivated along the way, says Rebecca Glatzer of Major Lindsey & Africa.
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California recently blocked plaintiffs' efforts in Sandoval v. Pharmacare to certify a nationwide class of disappointed users of an herbal supplement. Lack of standing is the key issue in this case, says Stephen McConnell of Reed Smith LLP.