A California jury found Thursday that Johnson & Johnson should pay $4 million in punitive damages a day after finding that asbestos in its talc baby powder was responsible for a woman's mesothelioma and awarding the woman $21.7 million in compensatory damages.
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Jury Hits J&J With $4M Punitives In Talc Cancer Trial

A California jury found Thursday that Johnson & Johnson should pay $4 million in punitive damages a day after finding that asbestos in its talc baby powder was responsible for a woman's mesothelioma and awarding the woman $21.7 million in compensatory damages. Read more »

Asbestos In J&J Talc Killed 30-Year-Old Atty, Jury Told

Counsel for the husband of an attorney who died at age 30 from mesothelioma told a South Carolina jury during closing arguments Thursday that asbestos in Johnson & Johnson's baby powder, sold at Rite Aid, caused the disease, while J&J responded that the woman had a rare type of mesothelioma not associated with asbestos. Read more »

Philip Morris, RJR Hit With $21M Verdict In Engle Case

A Florida jury has hit Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds with a $21 million award for contributing to the lung cancer death of a lifetime smoker, in one of the thousands of so-called Engle progeny cases. Read more »

J&J Claims $70M Award In Surgical Stapler Case Is Unjustified

Johnson & Johnson asked a skeptical California appellate court Thursday to toss a $70 million punitive damages verdict awarded to a woman whose anus was accidentally stapled shut by a defective surgical instrument, saying evidence didn’t support the jury’s finding the device maker acted with malice. Read more »

Seeger Weiss Gets $52M Of $85M NFL Concussion Suit Fees

A Pennsylvania federal judge distributed more than $85 million in fees to the class attorneys in the NFL concussion suit Wednesday, including a nearly $52 million share for co-lead class counsel Seeger Weiss LLP. Read more »

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Judge Won't Review Cert. Denial In Tropicana False Label Suit

A New Jersey federal judge won't reconsider denying class certification in a suit alleging that Tropicana Products Inc. not-from-concentrate orange juice was mislabeled as "natural," denying the consumers' argument that the judge had misconstrued their claims in his ruling. Read more »

AUTOMOTIVE

Fiat Chrysler Wants RICO Claim Tossed In Emissions MDL

Fiat Chrysler told a California federal judge that drivers in a multidistrict litigation over the alleged rigging of emissions tests have not salvaged their claims against the company, saying the judge should at least cut a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claim from the consolidated class action. Read more »

NTSB Says Uber Self-Driving Car Didn't Recognize Pedestrian

The Uber Technologies Inc. self-driving car that fatally struck a woman in Arizona in March failed to identify her as a pedestrian and was not set up for emergency braking, according to a report released Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Board. Read more »

TECHNOLOGY

Netgear's Wi-Fi Extenders Don't Work As Touted, Suit Says

Netgear Inc.'s wireless internet range extenders don't increase a Wi-Fi network's area by 200 percent as the company "prominently advertises" and instead barely deliver half that result, according to a proposed class action filed in Illinois federal court Wednesday. Read more »

ENVIRONMENTAL

Chevron Escapes $9.5B Ecuadorean Award Bid In Canada

Ontario's top court on Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling that Ecuadorean citizens can't enforce an Ecuadorean court’s $9.5 billion oil pollution judgment against Chevron Corp. through its Canadian subsidiary, saying it's a separate corporate entity whose assets can't be seized to satisfy a judgment against the parent company. Read more »

Pa. PUC Judge Orders Shutdown Of Sunoco Pipelines

An administrative law judge for the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has ordered Sunoco LP to shut down operations at a natural gas pipeline in the state and halt construction on two others, siding with a Pennsylvania state senator who claimed the projects were fraught with environmental and safety issues. Read more »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Keys To Protecting Communications With Litigation Funders

As different jurisdictions impose their own disclosure requirements regarding commercial litigation finance, there can be no “one size fits all” approach to ensuring confidentiality. But litigants, lawyers and litigation funders may be able to decrease disclosure risks through a handful of best practices, says Alan Guy of Vannin Capital. Read more »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Proskauer Says Partner Behind Pay Bias Suit Made Bank

Proskauer Rose LLP on Wednesday disputed claims it unfairly paid a female partner less than men in similar positions, saying in an answer to her recently revised suit that she earned a bigger share of firm profits in one of the years covered by the case than all but three men in the firm’s employment practice. Read more »

Trump Picks For 5th Circ., Texas Seats Advance

Controversial nominations for the Fifth Circuit and judicial posts in Texas and Louisiana advanced to the full Senate on Thursday, over objections from Democrats over their records on environmental rules, abortion rights and past statements. Read more »

Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

High court heavyweight Paul Clement of Kirkland & Ellis LLP is this week's top legal lion with a U.S. Supreme Court decision preserving employers' use of class action waivers, while Womble Bond Dickinson LLP and Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP ended up legal lambs after a jury slammed their tobacco company clients with a $21 million verdict in a smoker's lung cancer case. Read more »

3rd For-Profit Law School Sues ABA Over Enforcement Action

Arizona Summit Law School filed suit Thursday against the American Bar Association, which has kept the school on probation since March 2017 and last month determined it was still failing to meet ABA standards, saying the association’s action against Arizona Summit is "arbitrary and capricious." Read more »

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