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Product Liability

  • May 14, 2019

    Knight Law Sanctioned For Coaching Client In Ford Suit

    Knight Law Group has been slapped with sanctions after a California magistrate judge said one of its attorneys improperly coached her client during a deposition in a suit over allegedly defective Ford transmission systems.

  • May 13, 2019

    J&J Hid Asbestos In Talc For Years, Latest Jury Told In SC

    One of thousands of talcum powder cases Johnson & Johnson failed to transfer to Delaware federal court last week headed to trial in South Carolina on Monday, with counsel for a woman with mesothelioma telling the jury that J&J had been hiding the asbestos in its product for decades.

  • May 13, 2019

    Judge's Respect For Apple Helped It Beat Suit, 9th Circ. Told

    Counsel for an Apple service warranty buyer urged a Ninth Circuit panel Monday to revive putative class claims that Apple misleads consumers and improperly replaces broken iPhones with secondhand devices, arguing that U.S. District Judge William Orrick's "great respect" for the tech giant led him to wrongly dismiss the suit.

  • May 13, 2019

    Identity Politics: How Firms Seal The Deal After A Merger

    As regional firms join forces with large national firms, they must decide how important it is to maintain those identities. Ultimately, choices on everything from the firm’s name to local office culture must ensure old clients aren’t left behind.

  • May 13, 2019

    The Dangers Of BigLaw's Merger-Happy Growth Strategy

    There are those who say large law firms can at times be like lemmings, playing a dangerous game of follow-the-leader with their peers. A record-breaking year for law firm mergers in 2018, which has driven drastic head count growth, is one example of that, some observers say.

  • May 13, 2019

    Google To Pay $7.25M To Settle Pixel Speaker Defect Suit

    Google has agreed to pay $7.25 million to settle claims in California federal court brought by a group of Pixel smartphone buyers that the phones were built with defective microphones and speakers.

  • May 13, 2019

    The Firms That Lost The Most Attorneys In 2018

    Among the firms that saw their head counts shrink the most in 2018, the losses were indicative of an aggressive lateral market, a shifting business strategy or very little at all in terms of the firm’s overall performance, depending on whom you ask.

  • May 13, 2019

    J&J, Teva Lose Last-Ditch Bids To Avoid Okla. Opioid Trial

    An Oklahoma judge on Monday swatted down eleventh-hour efforts by Johnson & Johnson and Teva Pharmaceuticals to escape the state's trailblazing opioid-crisis lawsuit, clearing the way for a dramatic trial over liability for a deadly epidemic of painkiller abuse.

  • May 13, 2019

    Cities' Climate Suits Can't Proceed, Oil Cos. Tell 9th Circ.

    Chevron Corp. told the Ninth Circuit that Oakland and San Francisco cannot use state-based claims to force it and several other oil giants to pay billions for alleged climate change-related infrastructure damages, arguing the case's dismissal was dictated by federal policy.

  • May 13, 2019

    Monsanto Hit With $2B Verdict In 3rd Roundup Trial

    A California jury found on Monday that Monsanto's Roundup likely caused a couple's cancer and awarded them a staggering $2.055 billion in damages, slapping the Bayer AG unit with a third consecutive Roundup trial loss.

  • May 13, 2019

    Fitbit Class Attys Seek $7M Fees In Sleep-Tracker Deal

    Class counsel for Fitbit customers who settled with the company over claims they paid extra for fitness devices with a sleep-tracking function that didn't work as advertised have asked a California federal judge for more than $7 million in attorney fees for years of legal work.

  • May 13, 2019

    NHTSA Probes Scope Of GM Power Steering Recall

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is probing whether a 2016 General Motors recall to fix power steering problems in some pickup truck models went far enough, according to documents posted Monday.

  • May 10, 2019

    These Law Firms Keep Their Partnership Ranks Lean

    Want to be a partner at these firms? Better have rainmaker potential. Here is the list of firms with the most elite partnerships, according to Law360's annual law firm ranking.

  • May 10, 2019

    Law360 Reveals 400 Largest US Firms

    The annual Law360 400 ranks the largest U.S.-based law firms and vereins with a U.S. component by domestic attorney head count.

  • May 10, 2019

    Megafirms Drive Thirst For Tie-Ups As Firms Scale Up

    The biggest of BigLaw raised the bar for size and pace in yet another record-breaking year for mergers, as more firms tried to compete by swelling their ranks, according to Law360’s annual law firm ranking.

  • May 10, 2019

    VW Slams Emissions Opt-Out Claims As 'Wildly Excessive'

    Attorneys for Volkswagen on Friday criticized consumers who've opted out of a $10 billion settlement in multidistrict litigation over its diesel emissions-cheating scandal, telling a California federal judge that while their client behaved badly, car buyers pursuing individual claims were seeking "wildly excessive damages."

  • May 10, 2019

    Starbucks Sued Over 'Premature' French Press Recall

    Swiss home appliance maker Bodum Holding AG and its U.S. affiliate sued Starbucks Corp. in New York federal court Friday, alleging the coffee store chain needlessly pulled a Bodum-made French press from its shelves and is trying to make it pay for the recall.

  • May 10, 2019

    $1M Medical Expenses Award Reinstated In La. Asbestos Case

    A Louisiana appeals court has reinstated a $1 million jury award for medical expenses as part of a nearly $3 million verdict in a suit accusing two shipping companies of causing an employee's cancer due to asbestos exposure, saying the award was supported by evidence.

  • May 10, 2019

    Dial MDL's $7.4M Settlement Too 'Dubious' To Allow, Feds Say

    The federal government on Friday asked a New Hampshire federal court to reject a "dubious" $7.4 million proposed settlement in multidistrict litigation over misleading Dial Corp. antibacterial soap ads, saying shoppers' class counsel would gobble up more than half.

  • May 10, 2019

    Timing Of SEC's VW Emissions Suit 'Totally Mystifies' Judge

    A California federal judge said Friday he's "totally mystified" by how many years the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission took to sue Volkswagen over its emissions scandal, saying the SEC is acting like a scavenger bird that "simply descends when everything is all over and sees what it can get."

Expert Analysis

  • Reverse FCA Cases Rise With 'America First' Trade Policies

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    Though the number of reverse False Claims Act suits alleging importers made false customs declarations will likely keep increasing given the Trump administration's protectionist policies, importers can take steps to mitigate their risks, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • When Done Right, Class Coupon Settlements Can Still Work

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    Recent objections by the U.S. Department of Justice and state attorneys general to coupon and in-kind settlements in consumer class actions have provided at least a tacit road map for how to design a coupon settlement that may avoid drawing governmental opposition, says Jeffrey Jacobson of Kelley Drye.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: A Circuitous Path To The Law

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    Instead of going to college after high school, I followed in my father’s footsteps and became an electrician. Later I became an electrical engineer, and then an IP attorney. Every twist and turn along the way has made me a better lawyer, says Joseph Maraia of Burns & Levinson.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Conrad Reviews 'The Jury Crisis'

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    In "The Jury Crisis," jury consultant and social psychologist Drury Sherrod spotlights the vanishing jury trial, providing a fascinating canary-in-the-coal-mine warning for lawyers, litigants and society at large, says U.S. District Judge Robert Conrad of the Western District of North Carolina.

  • State Net

    The Potential Effect Of State E-Cigarette Regulations

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    To curb skyrocketing e-cigarette use among teenagers, at least 10 states have introduced bans on the sale of flavored tobacco products. These proposed bans — especially the stricter measures California and Hawaii are considering — could hinder the overall tobacco industry's growth, says Korey Clark of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • Revamping Your Approach To Client Development

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    As a former general counsel for both public and private companies, my advice to law firm attorneys who want to attract and keep clients is simple — provide certain legal services for free, says Noel Elfant, founder of General Counsel Practice.

  • What Lawyers Must Know Before Acting As Escrow Agents

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    The moment an attorney agrees to serve as an escrow agent for a client, the attorney assumes some of the most important obligations in the legal profession. Significantly, these obligations potentially extend to third parties who are not clients, say Scott Watnik and Michael Contos of Wilk Auslander.

  • Aviation Watch: FAA Certification Under Scrutiny

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    The aircraft design flaws revealed after two recent crashes of Boeing 737 MAX airliners demonstrate that the Federal Aviation Administration's certification process — which delegates much oversight responsibility to aircraft manufacturers — is overdue for reform, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and private pilot.

  • NY Should Learn From Prop 65 Chemical-Labeling Regs

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    With its recently proposed Consumer Right to Know Act, New York has an opportunity to educate consumers about legitimate risks associated with chemicals in certain products. But lawmakers should avoid following in the footsteps of California’s Proposition 65 too closely, say Kevin Mayer and Michelle Chipetine of Crowell & Moring.

  • Freelance Attorneys Are An Asset To In-House Legal Teams

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    With recent technological advances and a broader acceptance of flexible work arrangements, the opportunity for freelance attorneys is greater than ever, as is the value that this freelance workforce can create for companies, says Ben Levi of InCloudCounsel.