The Missouri Supreme Court refused Tuesday to take up a dispute over a $2.1 billion verdict against Johnson & Johnson over ovarian cancer in longtime users of the company's talcum powder, prompting the consumer products giant to pledge to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Tuesday marked the final day of voting in 2020, and across the country, attorneys worked to safeguard what was already one of the most contentious and litigated elections in U.S. history. Here are the stories of attorneys on the front lines of election protection.
Two West Virginia governments set to bring one of the first trials in nationwide opioid-crisis litigation are criticizing opioid distributors' bid to exclude testimony by people who have suffered from the crisis.
Insys Therapeutics Inc. founder John Kapoor asked a Massachusetts federal judge Monday to delay his 5½-year prison sentence for bribing doctors to prescribe opioids, saying that with three previous coronavirus-related extensions already having been granted and the pandemic worse than ever, now is not the time to lock the 77-year-old up.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday that it's broadening its efforts to crack down on illicit opioids like fentanyl from entering the country at international mail facilities through a new partnership with two other federal agencies.
The U.S. Department of Energy has been shirking its duty to meet deadlines for reviewing energy efficiency standards set for consumer and commercial products, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club and other groups said in a lawsuit filed Friday in New York federal court.
Boeing and Southwest Airlines customers sparred Monday over whether the aerospace giant can claim privilege by using international aviation standards as a legal shield to withhold information on the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes in a Texas racketeering case concerning the 737 Max.
A Connecticut federal judge on Saturday preserved most of the claims in a $10 million fight between a CBD manufacturer and a pet products wholesaler it claims violated an exclusive supplier agreement.
American Home Assurance Co. and National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh sued a pipe maker on Monday, aiming to get reimbursement for settling a lawsuit from BP America Production Co. alleging the supplier sold the oil company leaky and defective pipes.
A Missouri federal judge has found that Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Co. doesn't need to defend Post Holdings Inc. in a false advertising suit over its cereals, saying the policy only covers bodily injury, but the plaintiffs in the underlying suit haven't alleged any.
Chevron Inc. and other energy companies have removed to federal court a Hawaii county's suit seeking to hold them accountable for the costs of climate change through nuisance and negligence claims, saying global warming relief is necessarily a federal issue.
A Georgia appellate panel on Friday narrowly affirmed the dismissal of a suit alleging that the "speed filter" feature on Snapchat Inc.'s photo app distracted a motorist and caused her to hit a man who suffered brain injuries, saying the company didn't owe a duty of care to the man.
Cookware maker Tristar Products Inc. said Evanston Insurance Co. and a Hiscox insurance unit must defend it in a proposed class action over allegedly defective nonstick frying pans, arguing on Friday that it's too early for the insurers to shirk obligations.
The town of Edina, Minnesota, had no business banning the sale of flavored tobacco products because the products are regulated by federal law, R.J. Reynolds told the Eighth Circuit on Thursday in a bid to appeal a ruling that tossed the tobacco giant's challenge to the ban.
The Texas Supreme Court on Friday declined to hear a dispute over the cause of a grass fire that West Texas landowners argue was caused by Oncor, after the landowners claimed an appeals court didn't weigh conflicting evidence properly when they handed the company a win.
Federal prosecutors took unprecedented action in a criminal plea deal with OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma that forced the beleaguered corporation to dissolve, and now general counsel across the country wonder if they should be concerned for their companies.
A California federal judge has once again dismissed a proposed class suit alleging Kellogg Sales Co. misleads consumers on the vanilla content of its granola bars, saying the buyer leading the case still hasn't alleged facts to support his claim.
A string of victories defending Johnson & Johnson against allegations that the company's baby powder caused ovarian cancer helped earn Allison M. Brown of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP a spot as one of Law360's 2020 Product Liability MVPs.
A proposed class of iced tea drinkers is suing the maker of Arnold Palmer iced tea and lemonade in New York federal court, claiming the beverages' labels mislead consumers by claiming on the front that they are "lite" even though they contain a lot of sugar.
A California federal court has thrown out a proposed class action claiming Apple Inc.'s iPhones expose users to dangerous levels of radiation, saying the suit is preempted by Federal Communications Commission regulations.
Old Republic Insurance Co. told a North Carolina federal judge Thursday it has no duty to cover Smithfield Foods Inc. in a suit over a hog farm's alleged practice of spraying urine and feces into the air.
A California federal judge appeared open to tossing an investment firm's $500 million appeal challenging how Pacific Gas and Electric Co. must calculate post-bankruptcy interest on unimpaired claims after counsel for the firm didn't show up for a phone hearing Thursday, saying he takes the point that the parties agreed to settle the dispute.
A Texas federal jury awarded a road worker $4.05 million on Wednesday in an in-person trial over a life-altering leg injury from a fallen piece of heavy machinery made by Asphalt Zipper Inc.
Consumer Advocacy Group Inc. has sued Amazon in California state court for allegedly violating state law by selling beauty products that contain a chemical known to cause cancer.
In yet another win for a state suing fossil fuel companies for costs related to climate change responses, the First Circuit on Thursday agreed with Rhode Island that its case belongs in state court, where it was filed.
Arizona just became the first state to abolish an obscure ethics rule that prohibits nonlawyers from investing in law firms — a change that will lower legal service costs, encourage more innovation in the legal industry and improve access to justice, says William Marra at Validity Finance.
Attorneys at Thompson Hine take a look at how a 2005 Ohio law limiting product defect claims has changed the landscape of tort and product liability in the state, largely to the benefit of manufacturers.
As the federal government prepares to unveil a revamped online portal for submitting comments on proposed rulemakings, several considerations can help the public provide better feedback to help agencies implement legislation and regulate our activities, say Matt Kulkin and Josh Oppenheimer at Steptoe & Johnson.
The First and Ninth Circuits were right to recently affirm that manufacturers are not automatically liable for not disclosing facts that might affect a consumer's purchase decision, because plaintiffs should not use consumer protection laws to enforce personal moral, ethical or political preferences, say Jonah Knobler and Brandon Trice at Patterson Belknap.
Attorneys are routinely immunized from malpractice actions when they represent plaintiffs pursuing claims that are not collectable, but an Illinois federal court's recent refusal to protect defense counsel in Newman v. Crane Heyman highlights inconsistency in collectability requirements, says Timothy Parilla at Palmersheim & Mathew.
BigLaw firms often focus on increasing their diversity numbers, but without much attention to equity and inclusion, minority lawyers face substantial barriers after they get their foot in the door, says Patricia Brown Holmes, managing partner at Riley Safer.
The pipeline of Black lawyers is limited, so BigLaw firms must invest in Black high school students, ensure Black attorneys receive origination credit and take other bold steps to increase Black representation in the industry, says Benjamin Wilson, chairman at Beveridge & Diamond.
If enough law firms undertake some universal diversity best practices, such as connecting minority lawyers to key client relationships and establishing accountability for those charged with spearheading progress, the legal industry could look a lot different in the foreseeable future, says Frederick Nance, global managing partner at Squire Patton.
Hiring more women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community to BigLaw positions of power is the first key to making other underrepresented attorneys believe they have an opportunity for a path to leadership, says Ernest Greer, co-president at Greenberg Traurig.
In addition to building and nurturing a diverse talent pipeline, law firms should collaborate with general counsel, academics and others to focus on injustices within the broader legal system, says Jonathan Harmon, chairman at McGuireWoods.
Serving on my firm's diversity committee as an associate has allowed me to improve access, support and opportunity for minority attorneys at the firm, while building leadership skills and fostering meaningful relationships with firm management and industry professionals, says Camille Bent at BakerHostetler.
A few specific stages of complicated, multimillion-dollar matters — ranging from prefiling to the beginning of trial — present unique opportunities for mediators to persuade the parties to compromise and lay the foundation for settlement, say Robert Fairbank and Kimberly West at Fairbank ADR.
Recent cases show that while pharmaceutical manufacturers can still argue that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's authority over drug labeling preempts their ability to revise labels unilaterally, companies increasingly face liability for inadequate warnings, say attorneys at Winston & Strawn.
Parties and courts using remote videoconferencing should carefully consider how they will preserve a clear record of the proceedings, and the potential impact an official video record may have on appellate review, say Christopher Green and Sara Fish at Fish & Richardson.
Despite the challenges of preparing witnesses over videoconference, trial lawyers can cultivate good observational skills and detect subtle changes in a witness's demeanor that can lead to powerful testimony in the courtroom, says Ilya Lerma at Trial Structure.