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Apple urged a California state judge Thursday to toss a proposed class action alleging it puts profits over public safety by not installing lockout devices on iPhones that prevent texting while driving, saying courts have consistently held that distracted drivers are responsible for accidents, not phone manufacturers.
A Missouri federal judge on Thursday trimmed a putative class action that claims Monsanto Co. encouraged farmers to use the highly volatile and drift-prone herbicide dicamba on their genetically modified dicamba-resistant soybean and cotton crops, decimating thousands of acres of farmland surrounding the crops.
Toyota urged a Florida federal judge on Thursday to deny a request from three car owners to be named as class plaintiffs and to form a new subclass in multidistrict litigation over dangerously defective Takata Corp. air bags, saying a proposed settlement adequately protects their interests.
A woman claiming that the blood thinner Xarelto caused gastrointestinal bleeding that required her hospitalization told a Louisiana federal judge on Thursday that Johnson & Johnson unit Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc. can’t put an end to her bellwether trial.
The NFL on Thursday opposed a motion made by an attorney representing former football players in the concussion settlement class in Pennsylvania federal court asking for a yearlong extension for “institutionalized” ex-players to register for potential settlement benefits, arguing that the settlement already allows such late claims for “good cause.”