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Product Liability

  • May 2, 2019

    DOI Rolls Back Post-Deepwater Blowout Safety Regs

    The U.S. Department of Interior on Thursday finalized rollbacks of Obama-era requirements for blowout preventers and other well controls for offshore drillers — regulations developed in the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.

  • May 2, 2019

    Ex-NECC Pharmacists Guilty Of Role In Fake Shipments

    A Boston federal jury found two former verification pharmacists at the defunct New England Compounding Center guilty on Thursday for their role in approving prescription orders with fake patient names.

  • May 2, 2019

    Ex-Insys Execs Found Guilty In RICO Opioid Bribe Scheme

    After weeks of near-silence, a Boston jury delivered a strong statement by convicting wealthy Insys Therapeutics Inc. founder John Kapoor and four other executives Thursday in a closely watched racketeering trial, during which prosecutors accused the Insys higher-ups of a scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe a powerful opioid.

  • May 2, 2019

    McKesson Pays $37M To Settle West Virginia's Opioid Suit

    McKesson Corp. has agreed to fork over $37 million to end West Virginia's suit alleging the drug distributor fueled the opioid crisis, the state's attorney general said Thursday.

  • May 2, 2019

    PG&E Seeks Court OK For $105M Wildfire Victims Fund

    PG&E Corp. is asking a California bankruptcy court for permission to set aside $105 million to help with the housing expenses of people displaced by the 2017 and 2018 California wildfires that drove the company into Chapter 11.

  • May 1, 2019

    Corvette Drivers Say GM Hid Wheel Bending, Cracking Defect

    A proposed class of Chevrolet Corvette drivers is suing General Motors LLC in California federal court, claiming the company has been hiding a defect in the vehicles’ wheels that cause them to warp, bend and crack at “extremely low mileage.”

  • May 1, 2019

    US Sues Gas Station Co. For Lax Underground Tank Safety

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and federal prosecutors sued Chestnut Petroleum on Wednesday in New York federal court, claiming the gas station operator routinely failed to abide by safety and environmental rules governing the underground gas tanks at 20 of its facilities.

  • May 1, 2019

    Court Won't Ax Covil's $33M Asbestos Verdict

    A North Carolina federal judge refused Wednesday to overturn a $32.7 million verdict in favor of a former tire worker whose widow says he died of asbestos exposure while working for Covil Corp., saying persuasive and aggressive closing arguments weren't prejudiced.

  • May 1, 2019

    Ford Rips Atty's 'Chutzpah' For Coaching Client In Deposition

    An attorney representing one of the drivers in multidistrict litigation over allegedly defective PowerShift transmission systems in certain Ford vehicles had the “chutzpah” to improperly object and coach her client during a deposition in order to manipulate testimony, the company told a California federal judge Tuesday.

  • May 1, 2019

    Insys Jury Question Could Indicate Conviction On The Way

    After more than three weeks of silence, a Boston federal jury asked a question Wednesday that may suggest it is leaning toward convicting at least one of the five former Insys Therapeutics Inc. executives charged with conspiring to bribe doctors to prescribe opioids to patients who didn't need them.

  • May 1, 2019

    US Urges High Court To Skip Mont. Superfund Site Cost Case

    The federal government asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday not to review a Montana Supreme Court decision allowing state residents to sue Atlantic Richfield Co. for cleanup costs related to pollution from the Anaconda Smelter Superfund site.

  • May 1, 2019

    Amid Fallout From Crashes, Boeing Appoints New GC

    As Boeing weathers a host of legal and regulatory challenges arising from two deadly airplane crashes, Brett Gerry, the former president of the company's Japanese operations, has been appointed as new general counsel, the company announced Wednesday. 

  • May 1, 2019

    Precor Treadmill Buyers Want Final OK Of Heart Monitor Deal

    A class of consumers who say a treadmill manufacturer sold them machines with defective heart monitors asked an Illinois federal judge Wednesday for final approval of a settlement that includes new chest straps or compensation for nearly 4,000 customers.

  • May 1, 2019

    Apple Engineer’s Family Sues Tesla Over Death In Car Crash

    The family of an Apple engineer who died after his Tesla Model X SUV crashed into a highway concrete barrier is suing Tesla in California state court, saying the company failed to implement safety features in its computerized driver-assistance system that would have prevented the crash.

  • April 30, 2019

    Monsanto Expert Testifies Roundup Is Safe Without Gloves

    An exposure expert hired by Monsanto vouched for Roundup’s safety Tuesday during a California jury trial over claims that the popular weedkiller caused a couple’s cancer, rebutting a toxicologist who warned attorneys to wear gloves when handling Roundup bottles during the trial.

  • April 30, 2019

    FDA Slaps Black Box Warning On Ambien, Other Sleep Drugs

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration mandated updated labels Tuesday for prescription sleep drugs like Ambien and Lunesta to warn patients about risks that range from drowning to getting behind the wheel of a car while asleep.

  • April 30, 2019

    Pratt & Whitney Wants Out Of Suit Over Faulty Jet Engines

    Pratt & Whitney and its parent company United Technologies Corp. have asked a Connecticut federal judge to toss a suit alleging they sold the military defective fighter jet engines that exposed pilots to the risk of catastrophic engine failures.

  • April 30, 2019

    EPA Reaffirms Glyphosate Safety, Proposes Usage Changes

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday reiterated its position that glyphosate, the primary ingredient in the weed killer Roundup, likely does not cause cancer, but did issue new guidance to account for risks to pollinators and of weed resistance.

  • April 30, 2019

    With Opioid Charges, DOJ Signals Compliance Fixation

    A logistics specialist who stumbled into pharmaceutical compliance is facing at least 10 years in prison for keeping quiet while his company doled out millions of doses of opioids to alleged pill mills, a stern warning from the U.S. Department of Justice to compliance officers in the crosshairs of the opioid epidemic.

  • April 30, 2019

    FDA Allows Philip Morris To Market Tobacco 'Heatsticks'

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday said that Philip Morris can sell its IQOS — an electronic device that heats but doesn't burn tobacco — in the U.S., saying the device releases fewer toxic chemicals than traditional cigarettes.

Expert Analysis

  • Firms Can Leverage Communications When Economy Is Slow

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    Though most experts believe that an imminent recession is unlikely, slowdown fears are increasing. Now is the time for firms to consider how to best leverage their communications and marketing teams to lessen impacts from a potential economic slowdown, says Tom Orewyler of Tom Orewyler Communications LLC.

  • Aviation Watch: Is The 737 MAX Safe To Fly?

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    The Federal Aviation Administration is often criticized for being a captive of the industries it regulates, but last week's FAA order grounding Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft resulted from presidential pressure. When such considerations override the agency's professional judgments, the traveling public suffers, says Alan Hoffman, a retired product liability attorney and private pilot.

  • Refreshed Efficiency Regulations May Impact Appliance Cos.

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    With the U.S. Department of Energy proposing to rewrite its process for determining energy efficiency standards under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, appliance manufacturers and importers must understand how these changes may affect their products, say attorneys with Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Opinion

    FTC Must Step Up Policies On False 'Made In USA' Claims

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    While the Federal Trade Commission is mandated to defend the integrity of "made in USA" labels, settlements in recent years have established a trend of failing to punish even the most egregious of fraudulent claims, says Anson Smuts of O'Keefe.

  • Rebuttal

    Attys In Opioid Suits Are Holding Big Pharma Accountable

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    A recent Law360 guest article suggested that law firms representing states and municipalities against opioid manufacturers are unscrupulous for working on a contingency basis. But these plaintiffs cannot afford the enormous costs and need contingency-based lawyers, says David Scott of Scott & Scott Attorneys at Law LLP.

  • Ethical Social Media Marketing For Lawyers

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    Social media presents rich opportunities to reach prospective clients. Attorneys should not let those opportunities pass them by, but they should keep their ethical obligations in mind as they post, says Cort Sylvester of Nilan Johnson Lewis PA.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Norton Rose Diversity Director Nina Godiwalla

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    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Nina Godiwalla, director of diversity and inclusion at Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • 5 Takeaways From DOJ Objection To Cookie Class Settlement

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    In its opposition to the proposed class settlement in Cowen v. Lenny & Larry’s, the U.S. Department of Justice provides insight into how settlements could trigger unfavorable attention from the agency moving forward, say attorneys with Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • 5 Mistakes Law Firms Make When Responding To RFPs

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    More and more corporations are now using requests for proposals to make data-driven decisions about which law firms to work with, so it is more important than ever for law firms to avoid common RFP mistakes, says Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group.

  • Jam Exposes International Orgs To New Litigation Risks

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Jam v. International Finance Corp. opens up international organizations to lawsuits over their commercial and nongovernmental actions. Previously, potential plaintiffs knew that such cases would have no chance of even getting past a pleading stage, says James Berger of King & Spalding LLP.