Product Liability

  • January 9, 2009

    Illegal Diet Pills Pose Serious Risks, FDA Warns

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers about illegal diet pills that contain undeclared prescription pharmaceutical ingredients, which may pose serious health risks.

  • January 9, 2009

    Kimball Hill Fights Bid To Lift Stay In Ch. 11 Case

    Homebuilder Kimball Hill Inc. is fighting a bid to lift the stay in its bankruptcy case so a $90 million settlement can be finalized in a product liability case over faulty plumbing systems allegedly installed in Kimball Hill homes.

  • January 9, 2009

    Pa. Presses To Wage Vioxx Battle On State Turf

    The commonwealth of Pennsylvania has asked a federal judge to return a lawsuit to state court that accuses Merck & Co. of fraudulently representing its drug Vioxx and prompting the state to pay more than it would have for safer medications.

  • January 9, 2009

    Drug Industry Critic Tapped For FDA Seat

    A long-standing opponent of the pharmaceutical industry has reportedly been appointed to a four-year term on a committee that advises the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on drug safety issues, a move that could signal a shift toward tougher regulation of Big Pharma.

  • January 9, 2009

    US Ignores Link Between Vaccines, Autism: Suit

    The Coalition for Mercury Free Drugs has accused the U.S. government of ignoring risks the group claims that the vaccine preservative Thimerosal poses to children, in the latest chapter of a heated debate over whether vaccines cause autism.

  • January 9, 2009

    Alzheimer’s Patients Could Die From Risperdal: Study

    A new study has found that Alzheimer’s disease patients who take anti-psychotic drugs such as Johnson & Johnson's Risperdal may face a doubled risk of death, further bolstering concerns over a possible correlation between such medications and a higher death rate in individuals with dementia.

  • January 9, 2009

    Investor Sues Medtronic Over Alleged Infuse Scheme

    A shareholder of medical technology company Medtronic Inc. has filed a derivative suit alleging that the company’s directors and executives inflated the company’s earnings through a physician kickback scheme and other unlawful promotion of the off-label use of its Infuse Bone Graft product, which has been linked to serious health complications.

  • January 9, 2009

    NYC Bus Workers Sue GM, Others Over Fumes

    General Motors Corp. and 16 other diesel engine makers face another suit from New York bus workers who claim that exhaust from the engines caused harmful health effects including cancer, lung disease and heart disease.

  • January 9, 2009

    Purina Sues Co. It Says Sold Tainted Feed Component

    Animal feed maker Land O'Lakes Purina Feed LLC has filed suit against a company it claims sold Purina thousands of tons of peanut hulls contaminated with aflatoxin, which led to a recall of feed last year.

  • January 8, 2009

    FDA Finds More Chemical Traces In Baby Formula

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has detected traces of cyanuric acid, a byproduct of the industrial chemical melamine, in more containers of U.S. baby formula, but the agency maintains that the small amounts do not pose health risks to infants.

  • January 21, 2009

    Claims Over Drugs Used To Make Meth May Yet Fly

    A recent failed bid to hold drug companies liable for their products' eventual use in making methamphetamine went against well-established tenets of product liability law, but until case precedent on the issue becomes more established, courts may be faced with similar attempts to pin responsibility for the epidemic on the shoulders of manufacturers, experts say.

  • January 27, 2009

    Mayhem Precedes CPSC's New Safety Restrictions

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has been scrambling in recent weeks to address widespread confusion about the sweeping new product safety law scheduled to take effect in February. But discrepancies between federal and state law, variations in the new standards for different chemicals and a consumer advocacy lawsuit challenging the agency's actions have only complicated matters for retailers and manufacturers affected by the regulations, lawyers say.

  • January 8, 2009

    Zicam Cold Remedy Took User's Sense Of Smell: Suit

    Matrixx Initiatives Inc. has been sued by a woman who claims she lost her entire sense of smell and part of her ability to taste after using Zicam nasal gel, the drugmaker's popular cold remedy.

  • January 9, 2009

    Baker & Daniels Adds 2 Partners From Butler Rubin

    Baker & Daniels LLP has lured two attorneys with product liability experience to serve as partners in its newly formed Chicago office.

  • January 8, 2009

    More Defendants Settle In MDL Over MTBE

    A few more defendants have dropped out of the multidistrict litigation involving methyl tertiary-butyl ether, choosing to settle rather than keep fighting the long-standing product liability case over the controversial gasoline additive.

  • January 8, 2009

    FDA Eyed Over $1.5M Consulting Contract

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has come under fire over a $1.5 million contract it entered into with a consulting firm tasked with boosting morale at the agency's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, with lawmakers reportedly criticizing a recent retreat for FDA employees amid ongoing problems with drug safety oversight.

  • January 7, 2009

    Tobacco Co., States Strike Deal Over Marketing Items

    Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. has reached a settlement with 41 states and the District of Columbia to stop distributing merchandise that the state attorneys general allege would violate the terms of a landmark 1998 tobacco agreement.

  • January 7, 2009

    Canada Issues Renewed Warning Over Chantix

    Canadian health officials are reiterating their concerns over Pfizer Inc.'s smoking-cessation drug Chantix as they mull further strengthening the drug's labeling to address the risk of serious adverse psychiatric effects that have been associated with it.

  • January 7, 2009

    Makeup Remover Recalled Amid Bacteria Fears

    Transportation amenities supplier Celeste Industries Corp. has voluntarily recalled all lots of its simplySmart “Remove” makeup removal towelettes after certain lots tested positive for Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria, which can cause a range of infections, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has reported.

  • January 7, 2009

    Judge Tosses Toxic Tort Claims Against Cargill

    Shunning plaintiffs' calls for additional discovery, a federal judge has held that agricultural products giant Cargill Inc. is not liable for groundwater contamination in Nebraska, dismissing one suit outright and striking Cargill from another ongoing toxic tort case.