In response to a series of foodborne illness scares, two U.S. lawmakers have unveiled a bill that would for the first time give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the authority to recall contaminated food.
Snapple Beverage Corp. has been slapped with a putative class action that alleges the drink maker deceptively markets its drinks as “all natural” and that the products are not, as the company claims, “made from the best stuff on Earth,” but rather from artificial ingredients such as high-fructose corn syrup.
A federal judge has snuffed out a suit against Philip Morris USA Inc. and other tobacco companies that sought to recover tax money spent on the treatment of Medicare patients’ tobacco-related illnesses.
The makers of a popular “all-natural” line of frozen waffles and the grocers who sell them, including Whole Foods Market Inc. and Trader Joe's Co., have been hit with a putative class action alleging that Van’s Waffles have double, sometimes triple, the amount of fat or calories listed on the packaging.
A federal judge in Superfund litigation over a wood treatment facility in Minnesota has dismissed liability and breach of contract claims against Dow Chemical Co. and Pharmacia Corp. that allege they supplied a chemical that contaminated residential properties.
A federal appeals court has affirmed the dismissal of a putative class action accusing Hewlett-Packard Co. of fraudulently concealing defects in its Pavilion-brand laptop computer screens in violation of California law.
The U.S. Department of Justice is taking a closer look at Medtronic Inc.'s marketing practices, reimbursement counsel and therapy delivery concerning its yet-to-be-approved medical tools aimed at controlling irregular heartbeats.
A federal magistrate judge in charge of discovery in the multidistrict litigation over Eli Lilly & Co.'s anti-psychotic drug Zyprexa has denied the drugmaker's motion for sanctions against West Virginia's attorney general, saying the state's failure to produce a usable Medicaid database was neither in bad faith nor willful.
A day after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal law did not preempt state product liability claims against drugmakers, Democrats in Congress have reportedly moved to overturn an earlier high court ruling that protected medical device makers from the same claims.
Drugmakers failed to get the big win from the U.S. Supreme Court they were hoping for Wednesday in Wyeth v. Levine, when the court said in a 6-3 decision that product liability claims made under state law were not preempted by federal law.
As the dust settles from the U.S. Supreme Court's sweeping preemption decision in Wyeth v. Levine, lawyers say the case could almost immediately have a profound impact on litigation.
In an unusual move, the Supreme Court of South Carolina has reversed a lower court order compelling Bridgestone Corp. to hand over a trade secret in a suit alleging a faulty Bridgestone tire caused a fatal car crash, a ruling that tightens the standard for discovery of trade secrets in South Carolina.
U.S. lawmakers introduced bipartisan legislation Tuesday to revamp the food safety system at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the wake of one of the largest food recalls in history.
In a first-ever attempt for a state to sell a liquidating insurer on the private market, the state of New York has decided to solicit buyers for Midland Insurance Corp., an insurer and reinsurer pushed into insolvency decades ago by claims related to asbestos, defective breast implants and HIV-tainted blood products.
A federal judge Monday denied insurers a new trial in a coverage dispute with Vicor Corp., but slashed $4 million from $17 million awarded to the manufacturer in connection with settlements over faulty power converters.
Security Insurance Co. of Hartford has fired back at United States Fire Insurance Co.'s claim that Security acted in bad faith by not settling claims brought by Lubrizol Corp. over the cost of cleaning up a Superfund site in Texas.
Seeking to fill a key opening that has remained vacant since former Sen. Tom Daschle withdrew himself from consideration, President Obama has named Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as his pick to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a position expected to play an important role in the administration’s health care reform efforts.
A judge has ordered a law firm representing hundreds of plaintiffs in multidistrict litigation over Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s hormone replacement pill Prempro to produce completed fact sheets for each of its clients within 45 days or risk dismissal and sanctions from the court.
Court documents unsealed Friday indicate that AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP officials were mulling concerns as long as a decade ago that the company's blockbuster anti-psychotic medication Seroquel could lead to weight gain and diabetes, with one memo lauding the project physician's “great 'smoke-and-mirrors' job!"
Hoping to finally depart Chapter 11, chemical maker W.R. Grace & Co. has filed the disclosure statement for its first amended joint plan of reorganization, summarizing the various settlements reached with asbestos claimants and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in addition to setting a course for the future.