Product Liability

  • June 18, 2009

    Matrixx Braces For More Zicam Smell-Loss Suits

    A U.S. Food and Drug Administration warning that Zicam nasal and cold products made by Matrixx Initiatives Inc. could cause users to lose their sense of smell will “undoubtedly” lead to more lawsuits against Matrixx, in addition to the hundreds that have already been filed, according to a company official.

  • June 18, 2009

    Criminal Charges Dropped Against WR Grace Attorney

    The U.S. government has dropped charges against the final defendant in a suit accusing W.R. Grace & Co. and several former executives of conspiring to conceal the dangers of asbestos exposure at a Montana mine, six weeks after the company and several other individuals were acquitted by a jury.

  • June 18, 2009

    Manville Bars Travelers Asbestos Suits: High Court

    Cautioning that its decision should be construed as narrowly focused, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that an injunction against lawsuits in the landmark bankruptcy case of asbestos product manufacturer Johns-Manville Corp. bars claims later asserted by asbestos plaintiffs against the company’s insurer, Travelers Indemnity Co.

  • June 18, 2009

    CVS Unit's E-Ferol Insurance Spat Moved To Texas

    A federal judge has approved transferring an insurance dispute between Federal Insurance Co. and CVS Revco DS Inc. concerning the insurer's obligation to cover costs arising from a class action over E-Ferol, a toxic vitamin solution given to premature infants in the mid-1980s.

  • June 19, 2009

    3rd Circ. Clarifies Tax Claims In Harvard Ch. 11 Spat

    A federal appeals court has weighed in on how far industrial parts maker Harvard Industries Inc. can go in claiming specified liability loss tax credits in bankruptcy court, ruling that workers' compensation and employee pension contributions make the cut, but product liability claims do not.

  • June 19, 2009

    Minn. Bridge Victims Sue Engineers, Contractor

    An engineering firm and a contractor whose alleged negligence contributed to the deadly collapse of the I-35 bridge in Minneapolis have been hit with dozens of lawsuits in Minnesota state court, in what defendants say is a legal maneuver to get at the otherwise untouchable bridge designer.

  • June 18, 2009

    Exxon Reaches Rare Settlements In MTBE Litigation

    Exxon Mobil Corp. has agreed to settle a pair of lawsuits in the multidistrict litigation over the gasoline additive methyl tertiary-butyl ether, but the vast majority of the cases against it are still pending.

  • June 17, 2009

    Pa. High Court Nixes Challenge To State Liability Law

    Pennsylvania’s highest court has thrown out the appeal of a closely watched failure-to-warn case based on asbestos exposure, rejecting a distributor's bid to challenge existing state laws that hold every entity in the distribution chain strictly liable for any product defect.

  • June 18, 2009

    Doctor's Testimony In Own Baycol Suit 'Inadmissible'

    An appeals court has upheld the dismissal of product liability claims by an elderly doctor who partly relied on his own expert testimony to prove that he was injured by Bayer Corp.'s cholesterol-lowering drug Baycol, agreeing with a lower court that the testimony was inadmissible.

  • June 17, 2009

    House Committee Passes Food Safety Bill

    The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce has passed the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009, which is intended to boost the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's ability to monitor food production and imports.

  • June 17, 2009

    Cancer Suits Over Novartis Eczema Drug Remanded

    A judge has remanded four cases alleging Novartis Pharmaceutical Corp.'s prescription eczema drug Elidel caused them to develop cancer, saying punitive damage claims aren't enough to keep a case in federal court.

  • June 17, 2009

    ChemNutra Pleads Guilty Over Tainted Pet Food

    Importer ChemNutra Inc. and its owners have pled guilty to distributing a tainted pet food ingredient that led to a nationwide pet food recall and the deaths of thousands of animals in 2007.

  • June 16, 2009

    Genzyme Halts Production At Mass. Plant Over Virus

    Genzyme Corp. has detected a virus that impairs cell growth at its Allston, Mass., manufacturing facility and will need to temporarily halt production in order to sanitize the plant, the company said Tuesday.

  • June 16, 2009

    Waffle Buyers Seek Cert. In Spat Over Fat Content

    A group of consumers alleging that “all-natural” Van’s Waffles have double, sometimes triple, the amount of fat or calories listed on the packaging has moved for class certification.

  • June 16, 2009

    Seat Plaintiffs Seek Class For Claims Against Ford

    Plaintiffs are asking a judge to certify a class accusing Ford Motor Co. of selling vehicles with defective seat systems and conspiring with rival automakers to conceal the problem.

  • June 16, 2009

    Sens. Vow Quick Confirmation Process For CPSC Pick

    Members of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday had high praise for the president's pick to lead the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, pledging to push her nomination through quickly so she can begin working on an ambitious slate of consumer safety directives and rebuilding a demoralized agency.

  • June 16, 2009

    Chinese Drywall Cases Head To La. As MDL

    The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has consolidated a number of lawsuits brought over Chinese-made, allegedly tainted drywall installed in U.S. homes.

  • June 16, 2009

    Norian, Synthes Charged With Illegal Human Tests

    Medical device maker Norian Corp., its parent Synthes Inc. and four high-level Synthes executives have been accused of conducting illegal clinical trials of bone cement during spinal surgery on about 200 patients and continuing to market the product until after three patients lost their lives on the operating table.

  • June 16, 2009

    FDA Says Zicam Nose Products Cause Loss Of Smell

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is telling the public to stop using a trio of Matrixx Initiatives Inc. nasal and cold products sold under the Zicam brand, in the wake of reports that the medications cause consumers to lose their sense of smell.

  • June 17, 2009

    Defendants' Experts Allowed In Stand 'N Seal MDL

    Dealing a blow to plaintiffs in the multidistrict product liability litigation over Stand ‘n Seal, a federal judge is allowing testimony from the defendants' experts that undercuts claims the spray-on sealant’s use of the chemical Flexipel caused respiratory problems.