Product Liability

  • January 23, 2007

    GM Loses Asbestos Claims Case To U.K. Insurer

    In a setback for General Motors Corp., a United States Court has dismissed a $900 million claim against insurance company Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Group Plc brought by the troubled auto company for asbestos-related damages.

  • January 23, 2007

    Judge To Consider Class In Pfizer's Neurontin Cases

    Nearly three years after criminal charges were settled in Pfizer Inc.’s illegal marketing of the epilepsy drug Neurontin, a federal judge is considering whether or not to grant class action status in nearly 200 consolidated civil lawsuits.

  • January 22, 2007

    Woman Drops Vioxx Suit

    In another victory for Merck & Co., a woman who blamed her husband’s death on the painkiller Vioxx dropped her lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company on Monday, five weeks before it was scheduled to go to trial.

  • January 22, 2007

    Third Prempro Trial To Begin In Arkansas

    The third trial over Wyeth Pharmaceuticals’ controversial hormone replacement drug got underway Monday in Arkansas.

  • January 22, 2007

    Eli Lilly In Hot Seat Again Over Zyprexa

    Fresh off a $495 million product-liability settlement over Zyprexa, Eli Lilly & Co. is facing more scrutiny, with Illinois and Vermont requesting that the pharmaceutical giant hand over material detailing how it marketed the top-selling schizophrenia drug.

  • January 22, 2007

    Shell Appeals Decision Certifying MTBE Class

    Shell Oil Co. on Monday appealed a federal court's decision to certify a class of property owners who sued the oil giant over a toxic chemical leak that allegedly contaminated Chicago-area wells.

  • January 19, 2007

    Customers Bring Suit Over HP Printer Cartridges

    Consumers have brought a lawsuit against Hewlett-Packard, alleging that the company doesn’t tell its customers that its printer cartridges expire even if they still have ink.

  • January 19, 2007

    Jury Deadlocks In Two California Vioxx Cases

    Jurors have failed to reach a unanimous decision in two product liability cases alleging that Merck & Co.’s controversial painkiller Vioxx induced heart attacks.

  • January 18, 2007

    Lawsuits Pile Up For Antipsychotic Drug

    The latest in a growing number of law suits against the makers of an anti-psychotic medication has labeled Astrazenenica contemptible for allegedly misleading the public about life-threatening side-effects of its popular drug.

  • January 18, 2007

    Looking East, U.S. Law Firms Boost India Practices

    As an increasing number of U.S. companies look toward the Indian market, a spate of U.S. law firms are shoring up their India-focused practices ahead of an expected wave of cross-border litigation and transactions.

  • January 17, 2007

    Stryker Faces Class Action Over Pain-Relief Device

    Medical device maker Stryker Corp. faces a class action for selling a pain-relief device which allegedly caused permanent damage to injured patients.

  • January 16, 2007

    Appeals Court Reawakens Vioxx Testing Campaign

    Threatening to usher in a new wave of Vioxx lawsuits, a New Jersey appeals court has revived a proposed class action that seeks to force the pharmaceutical giant to cover medical-surveillance tests for individuals who took the controversial painkiller but have yet to suffer from any health problems.

  • January 11, 2007

    FDA Seeks $87.4M Hike In Prescription Drug User Fees

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration revealed Thursday that it intends to ask Congress to authorize an $87.4 million increase to its prescription drug user fee program in order to upgrade its drug safety program and increase the development of new medications in the coming years.

  • January 11, 2007

    Toyota Settles Suit Over Oil Sludge

    Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. has settled a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of millions of people whose cars may have been damaged by engine oil sludge.

  • January 11, 2007

    Appeals Court Revives War Over Metal Machine

    In a blow to a group of Pennsylvania factory workers, a federal appeals court has granted Fenn Manufacturing Corp.’s motion for a new trial in a case involving a machine that allegedly causes permanent hand injuries.

  • January 11, 2007

    Lilly To Take $495M Charge To Settle Zyprexa Suits

    Eli Lilly & Co. said Thursday that it will record charge of $495 million in the fourth quarter to settle product-liability claims related to the schizophrenia drug Zyprexa.

  • January 10, 2007

    Medtronic Faces More Suits Over Pacemaker Recall

    Medical device maker Medtronic Inc. may have to pay health insurers for the cost of replacing thousands of recalled pacemaker defibrillators, after a Minnesota judge set the stage for the consolidated complaint brought by insurers to continue to trail.

  • January 8, 2007

    Judge Calls Merck Subpoena “Abusive And Arrogant”

    Merck & Co. Inc. and its lawyers have been chastised by a judge in the drug maker's dispute with the New England Journal of Medicine in the pending mass-tort litigation over the company’s former blockbuster drug Vioxx.

  • January 5, 2007

    Judge Eyes $330M Settlement For Murphy Oil

    A class action brought by Louisiana residents against Murphy Oil USA Inc., whose oil tanker spilled into the neighborhood during Hurricane Katrina, is likely to be settled for $330 million, a federal judge indicated.

  • January 4, 2007

    Eli Lilly Settles Zyprexa Claims

    Eli Lilly & Co. has reached settlements in about 18,000 claims that the company didn’t properly disclose that patients taking Zyprexa, the company’s schizophrenia drug, were at risk to develop diabetes and other disorders, the company said Thursday.