Attorneys for plaintiffs who allegedly developed a degenerative condition called chondrolysis after receiving anesthetic treatment through a pain pump have called for the consolidation of about 228 federal lawsuits, but some of the pain pump makers and drug companies oppose the move.
A West Virginia court on Friday slashed by nearly half a $196.2 million punitive damages verdict against DuPont Co. for alleged contamination at a former zinc-smelting plant, ruling that punitive damages may not be awarded to claimants seeking future medical monitoring because of past toxic exposure.
A federal jury has found that Pfizer Inc. improperly marketed its epilepsy drug Neurontin in violation of racketeering and competition laws, awarding plaintiff Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. over $142 million.
DLA Piper partner Heidi Levine has played a leading role in defending several major pharmaceutical companies in mass torts, including litigation over GE Healthcare's contrast agent Omniscan and Wyeth Inc.'s diet drug fen-phen, earning her a place among Law360's 10 product liability lawyers under 40 to watch.
A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit alleging Philip Morris USA Inc. manufactured a faulty cigarette that led to the death of a Mississippi man when his house caught on fire.
A federal judge has dismissed a suit alleging that Bayer Corp. falsely claimed its Men's One A Day multivitamins reduce prostate cancer risk, saying the Center for Science in the Public Interest lacks standing to sue the pharmaceutical giant.
The European Medicines Agency has recommended recalling all batches of Acino Holding Ltd.'s clopidogrel — the generic version of blood-thinning drug Plavix — made with active ingredients from an Indian factory, based on concerns about the facility's manufacturing practices.
A federal judge has stripped class claims from a suit alleging Honeywell International Inc. failed to warn that its air cleaners could emit harmful amounts of ozone.
Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., has put forward legislation that would require federal food safety inspectors to develop a system to trace the origin of contaminated meat as far back as slaughterhouses, while regulators mull new rules to improve the U.S. meat recall system.
Lawyers representing Toyota Motor Corp. and plaintiffs who have sued the embattled Japan-based company over sudden unintended acceleration problems with its cars have asked a U.S. federal panel to combine approximately 200 federal lawsuits, with several attorneys pointing to the Los Angeles federal court as the preferred spot.
Based on concerns over manufacturing practices at one of Genzyme Corp.'s Massachusetts plants, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced plans to put inspectors at the facility to make sure drugs produced there are safe.
A federal judge has kept alive a bid for punitive damages in a lawsuit against Stryker Corp. that alleges the company's pain pump caused severe injury to a patient.
From helping Merck & Co. Inc. develop its expert witnesses in lawsuits over withdrawn painkiller Vioxx to representing Pfizer Inc. in multidistrict litigation over restless leg syndrome treatment Mirapex, Baker Botts LLP's Kevin Jacobs' work has earned him a place among Law360's 10 product liability lawyers under 40 to watch.
The Senate Agriculture Committee has advanced legislation that would compel federal agencies to properly alert schools about food contamination outbreaks and recalls, part of the panel's broad overhaul of school nutrition programs and standards.
A judge has ruled that Dragas Management Corp. may not receive insurance coverage for remediation efforts in dozens of homes it built containing purportedly defective Chinese drywall, dismissing certain claims in one of the first insurance decisions over the drywall issues.
Two bills under consideration in the Louisiana Legislature would prohibit property insurance companies from canceling or increasing the cost of coverage for homes that contain Chinese drywall.
A federal appeals court has ruled that a former employee of Purdue Pharma LP was barred under a release agreement from bringing a qui tam suit accusing the company of falsely marketing its painkiller OxyContin, affirming a lower court's dismissal of the suit, though on different grounds.
Michigan's attorney general is seeking information from Toyota Motor Sales USA about the possible causes of sudden unintended acceleration in the company's vehicles and a fatal accident in Flint, Mich., that led to a private lawsuit.
Following a string of unfavorable verdicts for tobacco companies in the so-called Engle progeny suits, a Florida jury has directed R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Philip Morris USA to fork over $26.6 million to the widow of a smoker who died of lung cancer after smoking for more than 50 years.
More than 1 million infant slings made by Infantino LLC are being recalled after they were linked to three suffocation deaths in 2009.