Product Liability

  • December 18, 2007

    American Airlines Presses On With 9/11 Deals

    Hoping to finally put to rest the question of liability surrounding the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, American Airlines is seeking court approval for another tentative settlement with the family of a passenger who was on board one of the planes that terrorists flew into the World Trade Center.

  • December 18, 2007

    Amid Debate, House Panel To OK CPSC Overhaul Bill

    With a U.S. House of Representatives panel slated to give its blessing Tuesday to legislation that would boost funding to the faltering Consumer Product Safety Commission, consumer groups still contend the bill falls short of protecting consumers.

  • December 18, 2007

    AstraZeneca Blasted For Seroquel Discovery Lapses

    The special master appointed by the judge in charge of litigation over AstraZeneca LP's blockbuster anti-psychotic drug Seroquel has slammed the pharmaceutical giant for slowing progress in the case, blaming the company's conduct on “mismanagement and inadequate oversight.”

  • December 18, 2007

    Judge OKs Foster Wheeler's $1.64M Settlement

    A judge has signed off on a settlement agreement that allows Foster Wheeler Energy Corp. to settle litigation from residents who live near a former company plant for $1.64 million.

  • December 18, 2007

    South Florida Catches Heat As Top "Judicial Hellhole"

    South Florida, where judges allegedly tilt the scales of justice against civil defendants, has been deemed this year's top “judicial hellhole,” according to a report issued by a tort reform special interests group on Tuesday.

  • December 17, 2007

    FDA To Crack Down On Drug-Coated Stents: Report

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reportedly planning to turn a more critical eye toward drug-coated stents in the next few weeks by bolstering its testing requirements in response to safety concerns over the devices.

  • December 17, 2007

    Toyota Hauls Back Defective Tundra Trucks

    Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. put the brakes on thousands of Tundra pickup trucks in the United States on Friday, citing problems with a propeller shaft connected to the rear axle.

  • December 17, 2007

    Tort Costs Decrease For 1st Time This Decade: Study

    U.S. tort costs decreased by 5.5% in 2006, although they still totaled about $825 per person and 1.87% of the nation's gross domestic product, according to a study released Wednesday.

  • December 17, 2007

    Judge Denies New Trial For Alpaca Deaths Case

    The owners of an alpaca farm whose animals were sickened or killed by contaminated alpaca feed were unable to convince a federal court on Thursday that they deserved a new trial in order to garner a larger damages award.

  • December 17, 2007

    EU Agency Probes Safety Of Pfizer’s Champix

    The European Union’s medicine watchdog has opened an investigation into the safety of Pfizer Inc.’s Champix after alarming reports suggested risks of depression and suicide in patients using the anti-smoking treatment.

  • December 17, 2007

    High Court Urged To Hear Emotionally Taxing Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to consider a petition by a whistleblower who lost her battle against the Internal Revenue Service when an appeals court ruled awards for emotional distress are taxable as income.

  • December 14, 2007

    House Grounds Roller Coaster Amendment

    Unmoved by an opening statement in the form of an ode to product safety delivered by Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday rejected a proposal from the congressman that would have put amusement park rides under government oversight.

  • December 14, 2007

    Merck Recalls 1.2M Vaccine Doses

    Merck & Co. is recalling 11 lots of its Haemophilus influenzae type B vaccine Pedvaxhib and two lots of Comvax, a Haemophilus influenzae type B/hepatitis B vaccine, saying that it can't guarantee the sterility of those specific lots. Also, Canada's federal health agency is advising against using three lots of Merck Frosst Canada's MMR-II vaccine.

  • December 14, 2007

    Two NuvaRing Cases Remanded To State Court

    A federal judge has remanded two product liability suits over Organon International Inc.'s contraceptive device NuvaRing to state court, handing a victory to the plaintiffs.

  • December 14, 2007

    Lilly Wins Stay In Zyprexa Whistleblower Suit

    In a boost to Eli Lilly & Co., a federal judge has granted the pharmaceutical giant's bid to stay a whistleblower suit over charges it marketed its blockbuster anti-psychotic drug Zyprexa for off-label uses.

  • December 14, 2007

    Estates Ask For Stay To Be Lifted Against Dura

    The estates of three people killed when their vehicle was hit by a semi-tractor trailer have asked a bankruptcy judge to lift a stay in their suit against Dura Automotive Systems Inc.

  • December 13, 2007

    TJX Banks Ask Judge To Rethink Class Certification

    A group of plaintiffs has asked a district court judge to rethink his order refusing to certify the class in an action against TJX Companies Inc. over a massive security breach across the United States.

  • December 13, 2007

    Families Sue GM Over Chevy Fire That Killed Two

    Family members sued General Motors Corp. on Wednesday on behalf of two young children whose fathers were both killed when a crash in Mississippi caused the Chevy they were driving explode in flames.

  • December 14, 2007

    Seyfarth Shaw Snags Environmental Partner

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP has pulled in a partner with experience in setting up environmental compliance programs to build up the firm’s environmental, safety and toxic torts team.

  • December 13, 2007

    MDL Panel Extinguishes Big Tobacco's Transfer Hope

    The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has denied the bid of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. to consolidate a host of post-Engle cases, dampening the company's ability to fend off attempts to reinstate a $145 billion class action jury verdict in a federal forum.