A Washington state jury has cleared 3M of liability in a trial alleging its respirators failed to block asbestos particles and protect a Puget Sound Naval Shipyard worker who developed mesothelioma.
A New York federal judge on Monday slapped down Peloton's bid to toss a proposed class action against the stationary bike giant claiming it falsely advertises an "ever-growing" library of online fitness classes, ruling while a Michigan customer can't sue under New York law, the New York-based lead plaintiff can.
U.S. District Judge William Alsup has ruled that under a 30-year-old consent decree, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs must compensate sailors known as blue water Navy veterans who served offshore in Vietnam and developed diseases linked to exposure to the toxic chemical Agent Orange.
A California federal judge on Monday denied a bid by Post Foods LLC to split a false advertising class action over the nutritional value of its cereals into five separate trials, saying while the case is complex, that does not require splitting it as Post suggests.
Monster Beverage Corp. must face a man's suit alleging he found a dead rodent in a can of its energy drink, an Ohio federal judge has ruled, refusing to dismiss negligence claims that he brought under the Ohio Pure Food and Drug Law.
Snell & Wilmer LLP has urged a Nevada federal court to sanction an ex-New England Patriots player for seeking to obtain certain discovery information from the firm rather than from his opposing party in a dispute over allegedly faulty pain pumps, arguing the ask is "needlessly burdening the court."
Folgers has asked a Florida federal judge for a second time to dismiss a proposed class action against it, alleging the "expert chemist" used by consumers to prove that coffee canisters are underfilled conducted his experiment on a kitchen counter and misunderstood the product's label.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is suing a supplier that distributes more than 2.9 million servings of apple juice to schools through a government lunch program, saying its lax health and safety standards have allowed the toxins arsenic and patulin to get into the juice.
President-elect Joe Biden is expected to bring swift, sweeping changes to environmental policy when he takes control of the White House, from ensuring the U.S. is an active member of the Paris Climate Accord to reversing course on the Trump administration's deregulatory efforts.
President-elect Joe Biden will enter office with a plan to curb the nation's opioid crisis by increasing federal investigations into distributors of the drug, signaling that smaller companies should be aware that it's not just big businesses that can become the focus of federal prosecutors.
President-elect Joe Biden's victory makes his promise of appointing the nation's first African American woman to the U.S. Supreme Court that much closer to reality, although whether he succeeds will likely come down to who has control of the Senate. Here, Law360 looks at some of the potential candidates.
Democratic calls for President-elect Joe Biden to "pack" the U.S. Supreme Court appear to be dead on arrival with Democrats still struggling to gain even 50 votes in the chamber in this year's election, likely protecting the court's 6-3 conservative supermajority for the foreseeable future.
BigLaw is likely to see a boom in business under Joe Biden's presidency, with attorneys and law firm leaders anticipating a bevy of new federal regulation and enforcement actions that will have clients calling for advice.
Former Vice President Joe Biden collected enough electoral votes to secure the presidency Saturday, but looming recounts and President Donald Trump's multiple legal challenges threaten to extend the fight for the White House.
A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory committee on Friday declined to recommend Biogen's Alzheimer's drug aducanumab for approval, saying the agency shouldn't be so quick to embrace the biotech company's claims that the drug is effective.
Three insurers have filed suit against Otis Elevator Co. in Oklahoma federal court, seeking reimbursement for approximately $12.5 million they paid to cover a Tulsa hotel owner and manager for a fire that allegedly originated from a defective escalator.
A proposed class of drivers on Thursday hit FCA US LLC with a suit in California federal court alleging that the company hid a hood scoop defect in its limited edition 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon vehicles.
The Supreme Court of Texas said Friday it won't be hearing a Dallas law firm's challenge to accusations that it gave bad settlement advice in a product liability dispute, with the family behind the malpractice case having agreed to drop its remaining claims.
Whole Foods Market Group Inc. is pushing back against a suit in New York federal court alleging its oatmeal products mislead consumers by hiding sugar content, saying no reasonable consumer would be fooled given the sugar content is listed on the back of the package.
A trust set up to compensate people killed or injured by defective Takata Corp. air bags is suing one of the company's insurers in Delaware bankruptcy court, saying the insurer is refusing to cover claims by those victims despite agreeing to under Takata's Chapter 11 reorganization plan.
Massachusetts' top appeals court on Friday appeared receptive to a lawyer's bid to reinstate a $150,000 jury award granted to a woman injured by a bone hidden in a Wendy's hamburger after the trial court declared a mistrial due to his admittedly "overzealous" closing arguments.
A California federal judge said she's not inclined to extinguish the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council and the American Medical Association's lawsuit alleging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has unlawfully delayed a ban on menthol cigarettes, saying Thursday she believes the agency is required to act.
The $26 billion settlement proposal from Johnson & Johnson and McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc. and AmerisourceBergen Corp. will include a separate $2 billion fund to pay attorney fees and costs for the local governments that have sued over the opioid epidemic in multidistrict litigation, a source confirmed Thursday.
In a lawsuit removed to Louisiana federal court on Wednesday, a group of law firms and their insurance companies were accused of mishandling their clients' requests for compensation following the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in April 2010.
A New Orleans jury has awarded more than $10.3 million to a former longshoreman who was diagnosed with mesothelioma last year after unloading raw asbestos from ships in the 1960s, finding that two stevedoring companies and a shipping company contributed to the development of his disease.
The Arizona Supreme Court's recent decision to eliminate prohibitions on nonlawyer ownership of law firms may show that the organized bar's long-standing rhetoric that such rules are essential to protecting the legal profession's core values is overblown, say Anthony Sebok at Cardozo School of Law and Bradley Wendel at Cornell Law School.
The law around online marketplaces' exposure to litigation over products sold by third-party vendors is in flux — but a review of recent cases involving Amazon shows that a company's risk in these situations ultimately depends on state statutes, says Derek Rajavuori at Butler Snow.
Two air traffic controllers who communicated with the pilot of Kobe Bryant's helicopter before its crash were recently joined to the litigation over the accident for allegedly failing to provide the pilot with radar service — but the cause of action against them rests on legal quicksand, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and aviation expert.
Best practices that can help litigators write convincing discovery motions include thinking about the audience, addressing a few key questions, and leaving out boilerplate from supporting briefs, says Tom Connally at Hogan Lovells.
Congress has multiple means to take the politics out of federal judicial nominations and restore the independence of the U.S. Supreme Court — three of which can be implemented without a constitutional amendment, says Franklin Amanat at DiCello Levitt.
Following a recent in-person jury trial at the Indiana Supreme Court, Angela Hall and Jason Rauch at Faegre Drinker offer takeaways on remote trial preparation, socially distanced voir dire and evidence presentation during the COVID-19 era.
While courts sometimes hold retailers liable for injuries caused by products they sold but did not manufacture — as a California appeals court did recently in Bolger v. Amazon — retailers can implement a number of strategies to reduce product liability litigation risk, say Alexandra Cunningham and Elizabeth Reese at Hunton.
Recent oral arguments before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation in the Ahern Rentals trade secret case demonstrate that justifying centralization of related actions into an MDL hinges on showing similarities between the actions — and especially on whether they will lead to common discovery, says Alan Rothman at Sidley.
For the last 20 years, at the insistence of both parties, U.S. Supreme Court nominations have been fierce ideological battles — which is bad for the country and bad for the public's perception of the legitimacy of the court, say Judge Eric Moyé, Judge Craig Smith and Winston & Strawn partner Tom Melsheimer.
Recent enforcement actions by federal agencies against businesses making products intended to protect against COVID-19 highlight why companies must understand which regulators they are answerable to, and what standards they must follow when producing, advertising, labeling and selling their goods, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.
Current privilege logging practices to identify what information is being withheld from discovery often lead to costly disputes, so practitioners should adopt a system based on trust and good faith, similar to the presumptions embedded in the business judgment rule for corporate directors and officers, say Kevin Brady at Volkswagen and Charles Ragan and Ted Hiser at Redgrave.
A little-noticed memo recently issued by the Trump administration in response to the pandemic, directing federal agencies to provide greater due process to individuals and companies under regulatory investigation, represents a long-overdue sea change in the way justice is carried out in enforcement proceedings, say Joan Meyer and Norman Bloch at Thompson Hine.
Financially robust law firms are entering the recruiting market aggressively knowing that dislocations like the COVID-19 crisis present rare competitive opportunities, and firms that remain on the sidelines when it comes to strategic hiring will be especially vulnerable to having their best talent poached, says Brian Burlant at Major Lindsey.
Manufacturers of certain consumer products and commercial and industrial equipment should review a recent proposal from the U.S. Department of Energy very carefully, as it may increase a company's liability exposure during enforcement investigations, say Jean-Cyril Walker and Alexa Pecht at Keller and Heckman.
COVID-19 concerns and glaring gaps in registration threaten to dampen voter turnout in the 2020 election, so attorneys should take on the problem by leveraging their knowledge and resources in seven ways, says Laura Brill at Kendall Brill.