Product Liability

  • July 21, 2017

    The Best Law Firms For Female Partners

    Although women have made some strides toward gender parity in the lower ranks of law firms, breaking into the equity tier remains elusive. These 20 firms, however, are leaders in advancing equality at the top, earning them the designation of Law360 Ceiling Smasher.

  • July 21, 2017

    The Best Law Firms For Female Attorneys

    While the legal industry continues to struggle with gender parity, this year’s Glass Ceiling Report shows that some firms are ahead of the rest. Here, Law360 reveals its third annual ranking of the best law firms for female attorneys, based on their representation of women at the nonpartner and partner levels.

  • July 21, 2017

    The 2017 Law360 Glass Ceiling Report

    U.S. law firms have long been overwhelmingly dominated by men, particularly at the partnership level, and Law360’s latest Glass Ceiling Report shows that recent progress has been — at best — only incremental.

  • July 21, 2017

    How 4 Firms Are Moving The Needle On Gender Diversity

    A handful of law firms of various sizes and types are outpacing their peers on including women in their ranks. Here’s why four of them are positioned toward the front of the pack.

  • July 21, 2017

    Could An NFL Diversity Rule Be A BigLaw Game-Changer?

    In a bid to elevate more women to positions of authority, law firms are taking a page from the National Football League's playbook.

  • July 21, 2017

    4 Female Perspectives On BigLaw Leadership

    Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.

  • July 21, 2017

    BigLaw Bias Suits New Wild Card In Fight For Gender Equity

    As gender bias suits pile up against law firms, it remains to be seen how they will impact recruiting in the industry. But some legal experts say firm leaders may want to look at the complaints as blueprints for change.

  • July 21, 2017

    Australian Police Link Takata Air Bag To Death

    Australian police on Friday said that a faulty Takata air bag subject to a worldwide recall was likely what killed a man in a car crash last week, the first death in the country linked to the air bags.

  • July 21, 2017

    Jury Begins Deliberations In Suit Over AbbVie's AndroGel

    A man who claims he had a heart attack after using AbbVie Inc.’s testosterone replacement therapy drug AndroGel made his final plea to the Illinois federal jury hearing his case Friday, saying every decision the company made about the product had “consequences for real people.”

  • July 21, 2017

    Hormone Clinic Chain Must Pay $18M Over Safety Claims

    A Tennessee state judge has ordered hormone therapy clinic chain HRC Medical Centers Inc. and three of its principals to pay $18 million after they misled patients about the safety of the hormones being injected, the state attorney general said Friday.

  • July 21, 2017

    Attys For VW 3.0L Vehicle Owners Score $125M In Fees

    A California federal judge on Friday approved $125 million in fees and costs for attorneys who represented owners of Volkswagen AG’s pricier 3.0-liter engine vehicles with emissions-cheating devices, according to an order that noted the fees wouldn’t pull from the class recovery funds.

  • July 21, 2017

    FDA's E-Cig Rule Survives Industry Challenge

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration acted within its authority when it enacted a major new regulation requiring electronic cigarettes to win agency approval, a D.C. federal judge ruled Friday.

  • July 21, 2017

    Trump's Retreat On Climate Change Spurs State Tort Suits

    Lawsuits recently filed in California accusing fossil fuel companies of knowingly causing climate change-related damages signal a new wave of state-court climate tort litigation as the Trump administration pulls back from climate regulation, experts say, though they add that pursuing those suits will be a tall order.

  • July 21, 2017

    Nissan’s Timing Chains Pose Safety Risks, Drivers Say

    Nissan drivers alleging the automaker concealed a defectively designed timing chain tensioning system urged a California federal judge Thursday to keep alive their class action, saying they are able to sufficiently demonstrate their safety concerns.

  • July 21, 2017

    Ford, Mazda Want To Get Out Of New Takata Air Bag Recall

    Ford and Mazda plan to ask the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to be exempted from Takata Corp.'s recently announced recall of 2.7 million more air bag inflators installed in vehicles sold in the U.S., with Ford saying no data currently suggests a recall of its vehicles is necessary.

  • July 21, 2017

    VW To Shell Out Another $154M To Calif. In Emissions Deal

    Volkswagen AG will pay another $154 million to California over the company’s use of devices to cheat environmental standards, bringing total payments over the emissions scandal to the Golden State to nearly $687 million, according to a consent decree approved Friday.

  • July 21, 2017

    Diesel Drivers Ask For Buybacks In Fiat Emissions MDL

    Drivers in multidistrict litigation in California federal court alleging that certain diesel engines in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV vehicles were equipped with hidden software to pass emissions testing are seeking a buyback program for the affected cars, as well as monetary damages.

  • July 21, 2017

    Cherokee Nation Says Opioid Dispute Belongs In Tribal Court

    The Cherokee Nation fought Friday to continue pursuing in its tribal court a lawsuit seeking to hold Walgreens, McKesson and other companies accountable for an opioid crisis plaguing its citizens, saying the case is akin to ones brought by state governments in their own courts and an “expression of its sovereign right.”

  • July 21, 2017

    Monsanto, BASF Hit With Class Action Over Herbicide Safety

    Chemical giants Monsanto Company and BASF Corp. have manufactured a defective herbicide that has damaged soybeans and other crops not genetically modified to withstand it, forcing the state to ban the herbicide and causing farmers substantial harm, according to a proposed class action filed Thursday in Arkansas state court.

  • July 21, 2017

    Nissan Hit With $25M Verdict For Brake Defect In Fatal Crash

    A braking system software defect in a Nissan-made SUV was the cause of a traffic accident that killed three people, a California jury held on Friday, awarding roughly $25 million to the surviving driver and family members of the deceased.

Expert Analysis

  • The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership

    Anusia Gillespie

    Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.

  • How Midsize Law Firms Can Minimize Cybersecurity Threats

    K. Stefan Chin

    It can be challenging for midsize law firms to develop an enterprise cybersecurity program that mitigates the eminent threat of data breach and meets the regulatory and compliance requirements of the firm and its clients. This challenge becomes daunting when considering the steady rise in client audits, say K. Stefan Chin of Peckar & Abramson PC and John Sweeney of Logicforce.

  • Enforcing Arbitration Clauses In Product Packaging

    Abby Sacunas

    Two recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions pertaining to the enforceability of arbitration clauses provide guidance to manufacturers looking to bind consumers through the use of product packaging. Under certain states’ laws, such clauses may be enforceable — so long as reasonable notice is provided, along with notice that failure to return the product constitutes assent, says Abby Sacunas of Cozen O'Connor.

  • Heller Sequels And 2nd Amendment, Still Undecided: Part 1

    Robert Ludwig

    In the first installment of this three-part series, attorney Robert W. Ludwig takes a deep dive into the controversial history of Second Amendment jurisprudence.

  • New E-Cigarette Studies May Prove Key For Litigators

    Giovanni Ciavarra

    Maintaining a comprehensive awareness of the science is critical to any winning legal strategy — especially in cases involving products like electronic cigarettes, where the science is constantly changing. New studies on whether e-cigarettes can help users quit tobacco, and on how they are perceived by young adults, may be highly useful for litigators, say Giovanni Ciavarra and Sayde Slobodien of Innovative Science Solutions LLC.

  • The Gov't Wants To Tell Your Car How To Drive Your Car

    Michael Nelson

    Congress has been an observer on the sidelines when it comes to laws related to automated cars — up until now. The House Energy and Commerce Committee recently released a series of discussion drafts that, if passed, would not only significantly increase the government’s oversight of highly automated vehicles, but also would look to free automakers from the current patchwork of state regulations, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Maryland Court Applies Special Standard For Lead Exposure

    F. Ford Loker

    The Maryland Court of Appeals continues to apply its “reasonable probability” standard in proving source exposure and source causation in lead-based negligence cases. But it is unclear what the statutory or policy basis is for carving out a distinct causation standard for lead paint plaintiffs as opposed to other tort plaintiffs, say F. Ford Loker and Katherine Lawler of Miles & Stockbridge PC.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Matching Experts

    Stephen Susman

    In the penultimate installment of this series, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project answer a question on many legal analysts’ minds: What if both sides’ expert witnesses sat in a hot tub discussing the case while a jury watched?

  • Rebuttal

    The Rise Of Midsize Firms

    Ronald Shechtman

    Recently, this publication featured an op-ed in which one law firm partner contended that midsize firms will be the next casualty of the legal market, due to a supposed inability to compete with BigLaw or boutique firms for business. Though we can expect to see Am Law firms continue to lead the market in megadeals and life-or-death litigations, by all indications midsize is on the rise, says Ronald Shechtman of Pryor Cashman LLP.

  • Daubert And Product Liability: Mid-2017 Update — Part 2

    Max Kennerly headshot.jpg

    A review of recent circuit court opinions shows that, as the U.S. Supreme Court intended, the Daubert standard is flexible because science itself is flexible. Daubert is a means by which courts ensure that juries aren’t subjected to unsupported speculation; it’s not a grocery list of arbitrary requirements, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.