The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has launched an expedited safety review of sibutramine based on a recent study showing that some patients taking the weight loss drug, which Abbott Laboratories markets as Meridia, have a higher rate of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular events.
A Texas state court judge has granted Merck & Co.'s bid to toss a suit brought by the state's attorney general accusing the pharmaceutical giant of engaging in Medicaid fraud in connection with the marketing and sale of its withdrawn painkiller Vioxx.
General Motors Co. is suing automotive supplier JTEKT North America Inc. and a subsidiary for providing the car manufacturer with allegedly faulty electric power steering components that GM says has cost it more than $30 million.
A federal judge has dismissed the second bellwether case over Merck & Co. Inc.'s osteoporosis drug Fosamax, finding that the plaintiff's expert witnesses could not establish that the drug caused her to develop a degenerative jawbone disease.
The maker of Zicam is reportedly beseeching the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to take back its previous finding that the medication poses a threat to users because it could permanently cost them their sense of smell.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission released three studies Monday linking Chinese drywall installed in homes to elevated levels of hydrogen sulfide and the corrosion of metals.
A lawsuit alleging Hoover Oilfield Supply Inc. and Polyflow Inc. misrepresented the strength of a natural gas flow line that ruptured shortly after it was installed will remain intact following a judge's refusal to dismiss any of the claims.
A New York man whose ex-wife died of lung cancer has had his complaint against Philip Morris dismissed from federal court for the second time, though the court did offer him another chance to plead his fraud and product liability claims.
A Pennsylvania jury has ruled that two Pfizer Inc. units are on the hook for at least $6.3 million in compensatory damages to an Illinois woman who developed breast cancer after she began taking popular menopause drugs Prempro and Provera.
Salomon USA has voluntarily recalled thousands of Alpine Ski bindings in the wake of a pair of accidents in which the bindings suddenly failed, causing the ski boot to unexpectedly dislodge and the skier to be injured.
Following an explosion at its Lexington, Neb., ethanol plant, Cornhusker Energy Lexington LLC and an insurer have sued Kinder Morgan Interstate Gas Transmission LLC in effort to secure $1.8 million in property damage and business interruption losses stemming from the accident.
A Florida jury has awarded an ex-smoker $300 million in damages from Philip Morris USA Inc., finding the tobacco company legally responsible for her emphysema.
Two weeks into the first bellwether trial in the multidistrict litigation over losses related to Bayer AG's alleged mishandling of genetically modified rice that entered the U.S. supply, a judge has swiftly denied two motions for judgment as a matter of law filed by Bayer and its subsidiaries.
A California appeals court has affirmed a ruling in favor of steam power components manufacturer Leslie Controls Inc. in an asbestos product liability suit brought by a former U.S. Navy machinist, finding upon reconsideration that the outcome of a similar case did not affect its conclusion that the parts maker was not subject to strict liability.
Procter & Gamble Co. has recalled 120,000 bottle of Vicks Sinex nasal spray due to possible bacterial contamination.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has launched an investigation into the rates charged by three interstate natural gas pipelines to determine whether the companies are overrecovering costs, harming consumers with unfairly high prices.
Ohio residents who say Chevron USA Inc. should be held liable for land contamination caused by a refinery are appealing the dismissal of their negligence, strict liability and conversion state law claims.
Airlines may have to compensate passengers in the European Union for flights that are delayed more than three hours, according to the EU's highest court.
A group of passengers who say they were injured when a British Airways flight crashed outside of London has filed suit against The Boeing Co., claiming the manufacturer's aircraft had a defect that caused both of the plane's engines to fail.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' dredging of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet was a major cause of a levee breach that drowned parts of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, a federal judge has found, awarding more than $719,000 to a group of five residents.