The owner of a high-speed commuter ferry that crashed in January while docking near Wall Street in lower Manhattan has been hit with 45 claims from passengers and commuters seeking more than $75 million in damages in New Jersey federal court.
Texas became the fifth state to take BP PLC to court over the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill, lodging an enforcement action against the company Friday demanding civil penalties and economic damages caused by the estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil released into the Gulf of Mexico.
Bankrupt title insurer LandAmerica Financial Group asked a Virginia bankruptcy court Wednesday to toss a $10 million claim brought by American Capital Ltd. accusing a company subsidiary of failing to catch defects in two apartment complexes secured by loans in a risky mortgage-backed investment vehicle.
The city of San Diego's primary insurer Indian Harbor Insurance Co. lodged a complaint against the municipality’s excess insurer in New York federal court Tuesday, arguing that it has no obligation to defend the city against a trio of underlying sewer pipe gas leak suits.
The first responders who initiated the emergency cleanup of a November train derailment and resulting vinyl chloride spill in Paulsboro, N.J., sued Consolidated Rail Corp. and two other railroad companies in Pennsylvania state court Monday over their exposure to hazardous chemicals from the incident.
A Friday lawsuit accusing the National Hockey League of failing to warn deceased player Derek Boogaard about the long-term health risks of head injuries could kick off a torrent of litigation against the NHL, but attorneys say that hockey’s lack of involvement in concussion research and its tolerance for fighting could prove to be game-changers for the league.
BMW of North America LLC was targeted in a putative class action in California federal court Friday alleging that the alloy wheels it used in in its BMW Z4 sports cars from model years 2007 to 2012 are prone to cracking and create a safety hazard.
Apple Inc. was hit with a putative class action Friday in California federal court alleging the iPhone 4’s power button is rigged to fail just after the one-year warranty covering the device has expired, rendering the phone unusable.
Whirlpool Corp. on Monday was hit with a proposed class action in California federal court, accusing it of misrepresenting its Maytag-brand dishwashers as reliable, despite a defective design resulting in frequent and expensive control panel repairs.
Monster Beverage Corp. may find it tough to persuade a California federal judge that the city of San Francisco's attempts to restrict the marketing of the company's caffeinated energy drinks are preempted by federal law, attorneys say, as the state's courts have recently allowed more state-law claims targeting advertising for food and beverages to move forward.
Travelers Casualty and Surety Co. has sued several insurers and Honeywell International Inc. in New Jersey court seeking coverage contributions and retrospective premiums in connection with underlying asbestos, silica and mixed dust claims against Honeywell and a kiln maker.
Johnson & Johnson was hit Tuesday with a proposed class action in New York federal court accusing the company of misleading consumers by advertising its Aveeno line of personal care products as "natural" when they include several synthetic chemicals.
Defunct industrial manufacturer Yarway Corp. launched a suit Monday to protect its Swiss parent Tyco International Ltd. and other nondebtor affiliates from the asbestos claims that tipped the company into bankruptcy last month.
A Canadian health economist on Monday sued British Columbia's health ministry, claiming it wrongfully terminated his research contract in order to suppress his findings that some anti-psychotic medications covered by the country's health system had harmful side effects.
San Francisco's top attorney on Monday opened a new front in an escalating legal battle with Monster Beverage Corp., accusing the company in a new lawsuit of marketing its purportedly dangerous energy drink to children as young as 6 years old.
East 51st Street Development Co. sued Illinois Union Insurance Co. on Wednesday in New York state court, claiming the insurer refused to drop O'Melveny & Myers LLP after the firm allegedly botched $100 million litigation over a fatal crane collapse and tried to "churn its bill" through wasteful practices.
A pension fund shareholder sued Lululemon Athletica Inc. on Friday to force the yoga apparel company to divulge information about a recent executive bonus upgrade, which was approved despite an embarrassing pants recall that could cost the retailer around $60 million.
Consolidated Rail Corp. was hit with a lawsuit Thursday in Pennsylvania court, the latest in a string of complaints seeking to find the company liable for damages stemming from a train derailment and chemical spill outside Philadelphia.
General Mills Inc., Kellogg USA Inc. and Post Foods LLC were accused in California state court Tuesday of failing to warn consumers about the presence of a carcinogenic chemical in dozens of their popular breakfast cereals like Cheerios and Frosted Flakes.
H&R Block Inc. was slapped with a proposed class action in California federal court Wednesday by users of the tax preparation service claiming that errors in the firm’s software led to errors in certain 2012 tax return forms and consequent delays of longer than a month in obtaining tax refunds.
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.
The California Supreme Court's upcoming decision in Hartford Casualty Insurance Co. v. Swift Distribution Inc. will resolve a hot debate about the scope of implied disparagement liability under California law, likely determining whether insurers must defend lawsuits involving allegations of intellectual property infringement, unfair competition and false advertising, says Tyler Gerking of Farella Braun & Martel LLP.
Impatience with the pace of Toxic Substances Control Act reform at the federal level is understandable, but substituting individual state action for a perceived lack of federal action may be the classic example of a cure which is worse than the disease. Many think California’s Safer Consumer Product Regulations now prove that, says Ward Benshoof of Alston & Bird LLP.
The Generic Drug User Fee Amendments, a part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act, have changed the practice of generic drug sponsors in a multitude of ways. These requirements should be top of mind for abbreviated new drug application filers because they may ultimately impact a generic applicant’s eligibility for the coveted six-month marketing exclusivity, says Suchira Ghosh of Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider LLP.
Many lawyers are asking whether placing electronically stored information in the cloud could inadvertently waive the attorney-client privilege and whether the government or a civil litigant could obtain ESI directly from a cloud service provider. In answering these questions, there are a number of aspects of the cloud worth considering, say Timothy Broas and Matthew Saxon of Winston & Strawn LLP.
Heightened enforcement, more citations and increased penalties are a certainty as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ups the ante for construction industry employers who ignore safety standards. From new regulations on crystalline silica to stricter injury reporting guidelines, employers have several things to watch for in the coming months, says Michael Abcarian of Fisher & Phillips LLP.
When preparing a Daubert motion, one of the things practitioners should remember is that there is no better way to succeed than to demonstrate to the trial judge that the challenged expert's own testimony has demonstrated that his methodology is deficient, says William Martin of Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP.