The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn a California high court's ruling that 600 nonresidents could pursue claims against Bristol-Myers Squibb over a blood thinner drug heads this year's list of top product liability cases, along with a bankruptcy ruling exposing General Motors to millions of claims not related to its infamous ignition switch.
In a fight over dirty engines in Jeep Wranglers, an Ohio federal judge has found there was indeed something very wrong under the hood of the plaintiffs' case.
A New York federal court entered a $64.1 million judgment Friday against Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. after a jury found the reinsurer should have helped cover client Utica Mutual Insurance Co.'s payout to Goulds Pumps for asbestos liabilities.
Alabama-based airplane engine maker Continental Motors Inc. cannot be sued in Colorado federal court just because an airplane repair business subscribed to its online service manual program, the Tenth Circuit ruled Friday, affirming a lower court’s decision that Continental’s limited contacts with Colorado simply weren’t enough to establish jurisdiction.
The U.S. Navy needs to focus on the human element and not just the aircraft if it wants to address pilot breathing problems on fighter jets, according to a recent report by NASA.
A California federal judge on Thursday picked attorneys from Pearson Simon & Warshaw LLP and Burns Charest LLP as co-lead counsel for plaintiffs in multidistrict litigation accusing Audi, BMW, Volkswagen and other German automakers of a decadeslong antitrust conspiracy covering car technology, costs, suppliers and emissions equipment.
A Pennsylvania appeals court on Friday rejected a bid by an artificial-knee product manufacturer and a marketing firm to further reduce a $16 million damages award to a patient who reinjured her knee during a promotional video for the product.
A New York bankruptcy judge on Friday denied a request by Rapid-American Corp. to keep details of a proposed sale of its claims on defunct insurance company Midland Insurance Co. confidential, saying it had not even tried to justify the secrecy.
Florida's high court held on Thursday that an insurance carrier's duty to defend may be triggered by a construction defect notice against its policyholder, a finding that attorneys say could boost insurer participation in a presuit process for resolving defect disputes and lead to more out-of-court settlements.
The Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the dismissal of an investor breach of duty suit against the directors of Duke Energy on Friday, saying in a 4-1 split opinion that the Court of Chancery was correct in tossing the suit because the plaintiffs hadn't shown that a litigation demand on the board was futile.
Courts answered several important environmental law questions in 2017, including how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may regulate recycling and hydrofluorocarbons, and how the effects of greenhouse gases must be factored into project analyses. Here are the biggest rulings in environmental cases from 2017.
President Donald Trump on Friday criticized the nation’s visa lottery system during a speech before law enforcement officers in Virginia, saying that the process allows immigrants who are “the worst of the worst” to enter the U.S.
A New York federal judge issued preliminary approval on Thursday of a $6.1 million settlement between Ann Taylor's parent company, Ann Inc., and a class of consumers who say the clothing retailer misrepresented discounts marked down from “phantom” prices that never existed at its factory and outlet stores.
A California judge on Friday held off on granting final approval to Hewlett-Packard Co.'s $6.5 million settlement resolving long-running class allegations that it sold laptop computers with defective screens, saying he wouldn't rule on its fairness until after the claims deadline to see if requests exceed available funds.
A top lawyer at Uber downplayed concerns that the ride-hailing giant’s planned foray into driverless vehicles will create new hazards in the area of tort liability, saying that fleet operators will have less to worry about than original equipment manufacturers.
The Ninth Circuit on Thursday affirmed a lower court’s decision to send a group of insurers’ lawsuit over defective water lines back to state court, rejecting a bid by plumbing supply maker EZ-FLO to move the case and saying only named plaintiffs can count toward the minimum number for a federal class action.
Canadian health officials are investigating an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce that has caused 12 individuals to be hospitalized and one death across five Canadian provinces.
Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC’s Jayne Conroy helped score a $1.04 billion verdict this year on behalf of six patients in the third bellwether trial against Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopaedics, the manufacturer of the Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip replacements, securing her a place as one of Law360’s 2017 Product Liability MVPs.
The Pennsylvania judiciary logged another busy year in 2017 as members of both the appellate and trial benches handled major cases, including a wholesale reshaping of environmental law in the state and a string of eye-popping verdicts in pharmaceutical product liability cases.
New York's highest court held Thursday that one of its prior rulings didn't create a general rule that a reinsurance contract's total liability cap encompasses both indemnity and defense costs incurred by an insurer, resolving a query from the Second Circuit in Century Indemnity Co.'s bid for reinsurance coverage of costs paid to defend Caterpillar in asbestos litigation.
Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, and stating my biases upfront, it is possible for me to look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on the pros and cons of one version of alternative fees, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC.
It is irresponsible to fit the pharmaceutical industry into the mold of Big Tobacco. The opioid addiction crisis is a public health problem. Litigation is not a proper solution, say members of Kelley Drye and Warren LLP.
We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three jury system improvements that will give jurors an active voice and role in our civil and criminal jury trials.
It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.
U.S. senators on both sides of the aisle have proposed cosmetic reform bills, making it likely that Congress will soon pass legislation regulating personal care products. This, in turn, is likely to result in greater litigation against companies making those products, say attorneys at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.
In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.
During 2017, advances in the state of autonomous vehicle technology, and in the development of a new regulatory framework, moved at a rapid pace. While some industry experts think fully automated passenger vehicles will arrive by 2020, there are signs it will happen sooner, say attorneys with Holland & Knight LLP.
Nutrition labeling on chain restaurant menus and vending machines, mandated by the Affordable Care Act, advanced last month with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's publication of draft guidance on the controversial topic. The FDA continues work toward implementing the law, but each step seems to uncover novel issues, says Arthur DeCelle of McDermott Will & Emery LLP.
Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.
Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.