A former Insys executive who was convicted in a scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe opioids and who testified against his former colleagues asked a Massachusetts federal judge for another continuance of his prison sentence due to COVID-19, joining four of the executives he testified against who recently made similar requests.
A Pennsylvania federal judge on Thursday handed drugmaker Sanofi U.S. Services Inc. a win on some allegations in a whistleblower's 18-year-old False Claims Act lawsuit, but allowed other claims that the drugmaker misleadingly promoted off-label uses for its cancer therapy drug to head to trial.
A group of states on Tuesday voiced opposition to Purdue Pharma LP's $8 billion OxyContin settlement with the federal government, saying that the plan puts the bankruptcy case parties in a "straitjacket."
An Illinois federal judge on Thursday threw out a group of Boeing retirement plan participants' claims that the company unlawfully inflated its stock price by hiding issues with its 737 Max jets, but gave them another chance to plead their case.
Lamorak Insurance Co. on Thursday urged a court to rescind a $120 million settlement for environmental cleanup costs with weapons and industrial chemical maker Olin Corp., while Olin asked for an extra $26 million to max out its policy limits.
Norwegian Air is fighting a push by a European unit of The Boeing Co. to delay discovery in the airline's $1 billion lawsuit over allegedly defective jets pending a hearing that could toss the case or send it back to state court, saying such a stay would be "highly inequitable" as similar litigation moves forward elsewhere.
Berger Montague PC, Capstone Law PC and Greg Coleman Law PC have snagged interim lead counsel roles in a proposed class action alleging certain Subaru of America Inc. models have a sudden-acceleration defect that the automobile giant didn't reveal to consumers.
Investors asked a Texas federal judge Wednesday to reject Southwest Airlines' second bid to thwart class allegations that it schemed for years to conceal a record of safety lapses, which came to light after a deadly 2018 engine explosion.
A Massachusetts federal judge has thrown out claims in a proposed class action alleging Polar Corp.'s ginger ale products are falsely advertised as containing real ginger, saying the plaintiff's admission that ginger is among the ingredients dooms her suit.
The Ninth Circuit sent back a lower court's approval of $14.8 million in fees for the attorneys representing a class of millions of owners of allegedly defective Sears and Whirlpool dishwashers, ordering it to determine the value of the settlement, which provides coupons to much of the class.
President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday announced that he's picked a diverse team of former Obama administration officials, green group advocates, academics and attorneys to lead a review of federal agencies overseeing environmental, energy, Native American and other matters before he takes office.
GlaxoSmithKline on Monday told a Massachusetts federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation over its anti-nausea medicine Zofran that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has rejected a proposed label change that would have added birth defect warnings.
The maker of kombucha sold at Trader Joe's Co. and Safeway Inc. is asking a Colorado federal court not to side with its insurer in a dispute over whether the beverage maker is owed coverage for false advertising suits, saying the underlying suits allege injuries that trigger the policy.
Boeing said it's temporarily barred by the National Transportation Safety Board from sharing information on the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes while investigations are ongoing, and consumers spearheading a Texas racketeering case over the 737 Max are misconstruing disclosure rules to try and gain access to information.
Customers alleging that Champion Petfoods offers misleading dog food ingredient labels urged the Ninth Circuit Tuesday to revive their certification effort, saying the variety of marketed flavors does not negate common issues affecting all buyers, including the presence of heavy metals and Champion's use of expired and frozen ingredients.
Pharmacy chains including CVS and Rite Aid on Monday swung back at a bid by two Ohio counties to strike the chains' claims against health care workers who wrote opioid prescriptions, saying their arguments rest on "fiction."
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. told a Connecticut appeals court it has an agreement in principle to settle 2,935 lawsuits across the country over the bleeding risks of its blood thinner Pradaxa.
A Texas state court judge has tossed a suit alleging Boeing's misrepresentations about its 737 Max jet cost Southwest Airlines pilots tens of millions of dollars in lost wages, agreeing with Boeing that the airline's union can't file claims on behalf of the individual pilots.
Exxon Mobil Corp., Koch Industries Inc. and the American Petroleum Institute have asked a Minnesota federal judge to keep the state's lawsuit accusing them of deceiving consumers about climate change-related risks in federal court.
A California federal judge has granted class certification to consumers alleging The Kroger Co. falsely claimed its breadcrumbs had no trans fats, saying despite some lack of diligence on the named plaintiff's part, the case is suitable to go ahead with a California class.
President-elect Joe Biden on Monday announced a blue-ribbon panel of pandemic advisers, Pfizer Inc. reported that its coronavirus vaccine candidate appears strikingly effective, and confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. climbed to roughly 10 million amid signs that the crisis is rapidly intensifying.
A Pennsylvania federal judge on Monday ruled that a pair of excess insurers must fund grocery store chain Giant Eagle Inc.'s defense of several underlying suits alleging its pharmacies contributed to the opioid epidemic, finding that the suits are seeking potentially covered bodily injury damages.
A California judge ruled Monday that major coffee retailers including 7-Eleven and Yum Yum Donuts Shops don't need to display Proposition 65 cancer warnings as required by a 2017 settlement, agreeing they should be freed from the requirement after Starbucks and other nonsettling retailers prevailed in the same litigation.
Samsung Electronics America Inc. is asking a New Jersey federal court to throw out a proposed class action alleging it misled buyers about how water-resistant the Galaxy S7 line of phones is, saying the complaint makes nothing but bare-bones allegations that don't meet pleading standards.
McKesson Corp., one of the companies at the center of national litigation over the opioid crisis, is looking to block the details of its former director of regulatory affairs' guilty plea from its upcoming trial against two West Virginia local governments, telling a West Virginia federal court that the information is hearsay and doesn't qualify for an exception under federal regulations.
A recently proposed rule from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration provides helpful clarity on what qualifies as evidence of new intended uses for drugs and medical devices, but also raises constitutional and statutory questions, says Coleen Klasmeier at Sidley.
The nation's first online jury trial with a binding verdict — Griffin v. Albanese Enterprise in Florida’s Fourth Judicial Circuit Court — recently provided crucial insights into how to better prepare for virtual voir dire and trial, says Kevin-Khristián Cosgriff Hernández at Delphi Litigation.
With law schools forgoing traditional grading due to the pandemic, hiring firms that have heavily weighted first-year grades during the on-campus interview process should turn to metrics that allow a more holistic view of a candidate, says Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey.
Courts should carefully consider the constitutional rights of litigants before restarting civil jury trials amid the pandemic, because inadequate remote voir dire procedures and evidentiary handicaps due to health safety measures could amount to the denial of a fair trial by an impartial jury, say attorneys at Rumberger Kirk.
A recent Pennsylvania federal court's decision in U.S. v. Sanofi highlights a puzzling aspect of False Claims Act materiality, under which failure to satisfy a condition of payment does not necessarily satisfy the materiality requirement to trigger FCA liability, says Geoffrey Kaiser at Kaiser Law.
Mark Barringer's new book, "Collegiality and the Constitution," is an engaging, vibrant work of judicial history in Texas' Eastern District, and reveals an atmosphere of civility and respect among all those involved in the business of the court, says U.S. District Judge Robert W. Schroeder III.
Regardless of a forum state's approach to the heeding presumption — which provides that a seller may presume that its warnings of a product's risks will be read and heeded — a pharmaceutical defendant's insulation from liability will depend on the quality of prescriber testimony, say attorneys at Winston & Strawn.
Sarah McLean at Shearman & Sterling looks at how attorneys and law firms can partner with nonprofits to leverage their collective resources, sharpen their legal skills and beat the unique pandemic-induced challenges to providing free legal services to low-income individuals.
The U.S. government buys goods made in global supply chains where human and labor rights violations are commonplace, so to drive better rights compliance among contractors, it should adopt six key reforms to the federal procurement process, says Isabelle Glimcher at the New York University Stern School of Business.
In this era of fully remote depositions, attorneys must carefully consider whether they want to deliver exhibits to opposing counsel in advance or on the day of the deposition, and think creatively about the technological resources available to them, say Helene Wasserman and Nathaniel Jenkins at Littler.
The market for personal protective equipment has evolved rapidly during the COVID-19 pandemic, so companies operating in this space should insist on certain contractual protections to minimize risk and address fraud, quality control, government regulations and other important legal issues, say James Chou and Alex Corey at Moritt Hock.
The struggle to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg raises the question whether U.S. Supreme Court justices and federal judges are able to separate their political beliefs and world views from their judicial opinions, with studies in political science and social psychology providing clear answers, says Drury Sherrod at Mattson and Sherrod.
The pandemic's potential negative impact on mental health is a concern for defendants in civil cases as anxious jurors may be sympathetic to a plaintiff and act quickly during trial, making it critical to ferret out these attitudes during voir dire, says Julie Campanini at Magna Legal Services.
Law firm leaders and marketers should consider several fundamental questions as they develop their corporate social responsibility programs amid the pandemic with reduced available time, money and personnel, including identifying a realistic charitable spending budget and seeking input from firm lawyers, clients and nonprofit partners, says Tina van der Ven at NewStar Media.
Judge Amy Coney Barrett's prolific opinion writing on the Seventh Circuit reveals a clear picture of what we can expect from this jurist on issues such as state court personal jurisdiction over out-of-state defendants, Article III standing and the application of federal law in diversity actions, says James Wagstaffe at Wagstaffe von Loewenfeldt Busch.