Product Liability

  • January 3, 2008

    Fujifilm Digital Camera Class Action Set To Continue

    A federal judge has denied a motion from Fujifilm USA Inc. to throw out a purported class action that alleges the company knowingly sold defective digital cameras, allowing the case to continue toward trial.

  • January 3, 2008

    AstraZeneca Slams Seroquel Special Master's Report

    Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca LP has fired back at a special master's allegations that “mismanagement and inadequate oversight” by the company have slowed the progress of litigation over the company's blockbuster drug Seroquel, calling the special master's tone inappropriate for a court-appointed officer.

  • January 3, 2008

    Stand 'N Seal Plaintiffs Win Judge's Support For Trust

    The judge overseeing the Stand 'N Seal multidistrict product liability litigation has endorsed the plaintiffs' bid for the creation of a settlement trust, lending a boost to defendant SLR Inc.'s quest to end its involvement in the product liability litigation over the controversial grout sealer.

  • January 2, 2008

    Product Liability Litigation Drops From Peak

    The number of product liability lawsuits filed last year dropped 45% from 2006, coming down from a sharp spike in 2006 of lawsuits over asbestos, drugs and medical devices.

  • January 2, 2008

    Court Rejects $156M Verdict On Hamas Killing

    A federal appeals court panel has overturned a $156 million judgment to the parents of a 17-year-old boy who was killed by gunmen allegedly acting on behalf of Hamas.

  • January 2, 2008

    Medtronic Divvies Up $114M To Wind Down Suits

    Having thrown in the towel in the litigation over its Marquis defibrillators, Medtronic Inc. wants court approval of its plans for doling out $114.1 million to thousands of plaintiffs and their lawyers.

  • January 2, 2008

    Judge Seeks Zyprexa Litigation Cleanup

    A federal judge overseeing a slew of product liability cases over Eli Lilly & Co.'s blockbuster anti-psychotic drug Zyprexa is seeking to shut down suits that have reportedly been settled but remain on the court's dockets.

  • January 2, 2008

    Debate Heats Over Personal Injury Damages Caps

    As oversized payouts in personal injury lawsuits continue to come under fire, courts are debating the constitutionality of damages caps to limit the amount plaintiffs can reap for pain and suffering. Late last week, two state supreme courts issued divergent rulings on the issue, further stoking the controversy.

  • January 1, 2008

    Product Liability Legislation To Watch In 2008

    Historically, election years haven’t been the best for passing sweeping new legislation. But 2008 could still see changes in policy in the product liability arena, experts say. This means not just new laws, but new regulations from federal agencies, more aggressive enforcement of existing ones, and, possibly, new consequences for older laws.

  • December 20, 2007

    House Greenlights CPSC Revival Bill

    Just before adjourning for the holidays, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously signed off Wednesday on legislation that will give a much-needed shot in the arm to the faltering federal watchdog that polices consumer goods.

  • December 20, 2007

    Judge Throws Out Suit Over Accident At Oil Co.

    A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Phillips Petroleum Company alleging it and others conspired to intentionally misrepresent the state of Phillips' workers' compensation insurance following a fatal industrial accident.

  • December 20, 2007

    SLR Moves To Close Stand 'N Seal Chapter

    The multidistrict product liability litigation over Stand 'n Seal appears to be nearing its end for at least one of the defendants, with the majority of plaintiffs seeking the appointment of a special master in the wake of a confidential settlement with SLR Inc. over the controversial grout sealer.

  • December 20, 2007

    TJX Appeals Amerifirst Suit's Transfer To State Court

    After settling Tuesday with six of the seven banking plaintiffs suing it over what has been called the largest retail data security breach in U.S. history, TJX Companies Inc. is now trying to prevent the remaining plaintiff, Amerifirst Bank, from pursuing its claims in state court.

  • December 20, 2007

    Lawmaker Still Skittish Over Cloned Food

    Still concerned over how safe the milk and meat from cloned animals would be, a Democratic lawmaker is urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to hold off on allowing the products into stores until further studies can be done.

  • December 19, 2007

    Product Liability Suit Against Ford Will Roll On

    A judge has refused to dismiss a case brought against Ford Motor Company alleging that a defect in a truck caused it to roll into a lake, hitting and injuring a man on the way.

  • December 19, 2007

    Toy Cos. Say Medical Kit Lead Claims Are Doctored

    Fisher-Price Inc. and Mattel Inc. are lashing out at a product liability lawsuit alleging that their toy medical kits contain poisonous lead paint, arguing that the complaint is a “fatally defective” attempt by the plaintiff to disguise her lack of knowledge of any specific wrongdoing.

  • December 20, 2007

    Expert Claims Info Stolen In Chevron Pollution Suit

    A court-appointed expert in charge of determining whether Chevron Corp. dumped toxic waste in Ecuador said Wednesday that his offices were burglarized and three computers with information about the case were stolen.

  • December 19, 2007

    W.R. Grace Grants DOJ $34M Superfund Claim

    W.R. Grace & Co. settled an asbestos claim the federal government lodged in its Chapter 11 case, agreeing to cede an allowed general unsecured claim of $34 million for the cleanup of 33 Superfund sites.

  • December 19, 2007

    GSK Hit With Another Avandia Wrongful Death Suit

    GlaxoSmithKline has been hit with a wrongful death suit alleging the drug maker’s negligence and failure to warn about the risks of diabetes treatment Avandia led to the death of a California nurse.

  • December 19, 2007

    Six Out of Seven Bank-Plaintiffs Settle With TJX

    Six banks and banking associations settled with TJX Companies Inc. Tuesday over what has been called the largest retail data security breach in U.S. history, while the seventh bank-plaintiff saw its action remanded to a state court.