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Chief Justice Pauses Kids' Climate Suit Ahead Of Trial

Chief Justice John Roberts issued an administrative stay on Friday in a lawsuit accusing the federal government of failing to protect future generations from climate change, in a move that could delay an Oregon federal trial currently set for Oct. 29. Read full article »

SEC Opens Probe In Honeywell's Asbestos Accounting

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating Honeywell International Inc.’s accounting of liability for asbestos claims after the company raised its estimate earlier this year by $1.1 billion, the company revealed in its securities filing Friday. Read full article »

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Asbestos Trusts Facing Heat As DOJ Ramps Up Oversight

The U.S. Department of Justice has recently taken aggressive steps to augment government oversight and insert itself into the planning process for the asbestos bankruptcy trust system, heeding calls from state attorneys general and corporate America for greater transparency in how trusts are run. Read full article »

Medical Device Maker Sued Over 'Dangerous' Walking Boot

DJO Global Inc.'s medical walking boots cause additional injuries by effectively lengthening one leg, giving wearers an uneven gait and throwing their bodies out of alignment, according to a proposed class action filed in California federal court. Read full article »

J&J Unit Agrees To Risperdal Deal Ahead Of Philly Trial

In advance of a trial that was slated to get underway Monday in Pennsylvania state court, a Johnson & Johnson unit has agreed to settle claims from a Mississippi family who says their son developed breasts after taking the antipsychotic drug Risperdal to treat a conduct disorder. Read full article »

Fake Patient Names Take Center Stage At 3rd NECC Trial

In the first week of a trial in Massachusetts federal court for six former employees of the New England Compounding Center, whose contaminated drugs sparked a deadly meningitis outbreak in 2012, the question of who bears responsibility for fake patient names used on prescription order forms has been a daily point of contention. Read full article »

Europe Gets All-Clear To Settle Beef Hormone Fight With US

The European Commission on Friday received permission from Europe's individual member states to negotiate with the U.S. in a bid to resolve a long-running trade dispute over shipments of U.S. beef treated with hormones. Read full article »

Split $6M Burden Evenly In Asbestos Case, Pa. Justices Urged

The winners of a $6.4 million asbestos verdict are urging the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to find that responsibility for the award could be split evenly among each of the eight liable defendants in the case despite a state law establishing a system of proportional division of damages. Read full article »

'Sulfate-Free' Shampoo Buyers Ask To Settle Row For $2.3M

A proposed class suing beauty products retailer Ulta and shampoo maker Sexy Hair Concepts LLC asked a Massachusetts federal judge on Friday to approve their $2.3 million settlement to end claims over allegedly misleading "sulfate-free" labeling on shampoo bottles. Read full article »

Cos. Urge High Court To Review Toxic Tort Class Action

Four companies have asked the Supreme Court to review the Sixth Circuit’s decision to approve the certification of certain issues for classwide treatment in a group of Dayton, Ohio, residents’ lawsuit accusing the companies of groundwater pollution. Read full article »

Walmart Not Negligent In Aerosol Death, 5th Circ. Says

The Fifth Circuit won’t revive a mother’s suit accusing Walmart of negligence in her daughter’s inhalant death, finding that the retail giant’s employees had no obligation to stop the increasingly inebriated woman from buying 60 cans of aerosol dust remover in a 27-hour period. Read full article »

FDA Scraps Demands On Clinical Trial Falsity Reports

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has abandoned a controversial proposal to force drug and device makers to disclose data manipulation in clinical trials, saying the move isn’t needed to protect patients. Read full article »

Workers Acquitted Of Lying About Fatal Water Slide Accident

A Kansas jury on Thursday acquitted two water park maintenance workers on charges of lying to investigators looking into the death of a 10-year-old boy on the since-closed world’s tallest water slide at the Schlitterbahn amusement park in Kansas City. Read full article »

Emerson Electric Can't Shake $14.7M HVAC Injury Verdict

A Texas appeals court on Thursday affirmed a $14.7 million trial win by an HVAC technician who was seriously injured when an Emerson Electric compressor ignited him with a spray of scalding oil, ruling that the technician’s training did not negate the need for Emerson to issue adequate warnings. Read full article »

Duane Morris Wins $850K Cut Of $3.1M Auto Parts MDL Deal

Duane Morris LLP on Thursday saw a fee request granted by the Michigan federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation surrounding an alleged conspiracy to stifle competition in the auto parts industry, scoring just under $850,000 from a $3.1 million deal cut with Robert Bosch GmbH and others. Read full article »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Costco Settlement Shows CPSC Still Imposing Big Penalties

Earlier this month, Costco agreed to pay a $3.85 million penalty for an alleged failure to timely report defective trash cans to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. This settlement suggests that large penalty actions are far from moribund even with the CPSC under Republican leadership, say attorneys at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC. Read full article »

A Closer Look At EPA Inspector General's New Strategic Plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Inspector General recently released its strategic plan for 2019 to 2023. Brian Stansbury and Leah Min of King & Spalding LLP provide insights on several noteworthy aspects, such as how the OIG will hold the EPA accountable for meeting 2019 targets and rely on data and business analytics to meet its goals. Read full article »

Fit For Fido? The Rise Of 'Natural' Pet Food Claims

As sales of “premium” pet food have increased in recent years, so has the number of consumer class actions filed against pet food manufacturers, specifically those involving claims that marketing and labeling pet foods as “natural” is false and misleading, say Steven Hwang and Cassandra Abernathy of Perkins Coie LLP. Read full article »

Need Litigation Finance? Don't Skip These 5 Steps

The process of applying for litigation financing isn’t difficult, but few do it right the first time. Following five steps in your application process will help make sure litigation funders are convinced of the value of your company's legal claims, says Molly Pease of Curiam Capital LLC. Read full article »

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BigLaw Firms Quiet About Lobbying Ties To Saudi Arabia

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP is the only major U.S. law firm to walk away from its lobbying relationship with Saudi Arabia after growing condemnation of its alleged involvement in a journalist's death, as five other major law firms are keeping quiet about their ties to the Middle Eastern kingdom so far. Read full article »

Kavanaugh Gets 7th Circ. As High Court Shuffles Assignments

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday issued an order handing over Justice Elena Kagan’s Seventh Circuit assignment, which she had held since 2010, to newly confirmed Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Read full article »

Interview

GCs Should Take Hack Issues To The Feds, DHS Official Says

Jeanette Manfra, a top cybersecurity and communications official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, tells Law360 why she's inviting general counsel to trade information about cyberthreats with her office and discusses the department's plan to secure the upcoming federal and state elections. Read full article »

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Chancery Closes Gender Gap, National Courts Moving Slowly

Delaware lawmakers caused a small stir earlier this month when they confirmed two veteran female attorneys to the state’s Court of Chancery, expanding the nationally important court by two seats while roughly closing the gender gap among its now-seven members for the first time. Read full article »

Labaton Says 1/3 Of Its Open Cases Include Referral Fees

Nearly one-third of Labaton Sucharow LLP’s open cases came to the firm through referral arrangements, according to a filing Thursday in Massachusetts federal court, offering a peek behind the curtain as the firm faces scrutiny for a payment to a Texas attorney uncovered in the ongoing State Street settlement fee fight. Read full article »

Philly Atty Says Neighboring Starbucks Flooded His File Room

A Philadelphia attorney sued his landlord and Starbucks Corp. in state court Thursday over a 2016 flood — allegedly caused by a pipe clogged with coffee grounds from a neighboring coffee shop — that destroyed archived client files kept in the lawyer’s basement storage room. Read full article »

Atty Urges Justices To Hear Suit Over Defamatory Yelp Review

A personal injury lawyer and her firm have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review the California Supreme Court's split ruling that reverses an order requiring Yelp Inc. to take down defamatory reviews that a former client posted on the customer review site. Read full article »

Feature

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

Three separate surveys published recently identified the four firms that general counsel fear the most, revealed one in four professional women working in the legal industry experienced some form of sexual harassment or misconduct in the past five years and showed legal industry has a serious problem with bullying. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​ Read full article »

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Law360's Pro Say: No 11th-Hour Judicial Picks For Fla. Gov.

The Florida Supreme Court ruled this week that Republican Gov. Rick Scott couldn’t pick three new high court justices in his final hours in office, capping off a strange judicial showdown in the Sunshine State. Carolina Bolado, our senior Florida reporter, joins us on the Pro Say podcast to break it all down. Read full article »

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