Product Liability

  • September 28, 2009

    Leslie Controls Wins Reversal Of Asbestos Ruling

    A California appeals court has reversed a verdict against steam power components manufacturer Leslie Controls Inc. in an asbestos exposure case brought by a former U.S. Navy senior chief machinist’s mate, ruling that the evidence did not support findings of strict liability against the parts maker under state law.

  • September 28, 2009

    ReNu Economic Loss Plaintiffs Lose Bid For 2 Classes

    A federal judge has refused to certify two classes of plaintiffs alleging that they suffered economic loss when they had to return Bausch & Lomb Inc.'s ReNu with Moistureloc contact lens solution, which was recalled after being linked to a fungal infection.

  • September 28, 2009

    FDA Vet Joins Nixon Peabody From Latham & Watkins

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration veteran Seth Mailhot has joined international law firm Nixon Peabody LLP from Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • September 25, 2009

    Sanofi Wins Dismissal Of Securities Action

    A federal judge has dismissed a putative securities class action against Sanofi-Aventis alleging that the French drug company made misrepresentations regarding the side effects of anti-obesity drug rimonabant during clinical trials.

  • September 25, 2009

    FDA Admits Knee Device Approval Was Compromised

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's clearance of a ReGen Biologics Inc. knee device was compromised by Capitol Hill pressure and a lack of safety data, the FDA revealed in a report that calls for a review of the regulator's approval processes.

  • September 25, 2009

    Merck Diabetes Drugs Include Pancreatitis Risk: FDA

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ordered the labels for Merck & Co. Inc.'s diabetes treatments Januvia and Janumet to be updated to inform the public about the drugs' risk of leading to acute pancreatitis.

  • September 25, 2009

    Jury Awards $2.3M In Navy Machinist's Asbestos Suit

    A San Francisco jury has awarded $2.3 million to the family of a U.S. Navy civilian marine machinist who developed mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos while working aboard various naval vessels.

  • September 25, 2009

    US Lawmakers To Lift Ban On Chinese Poultry

    U.S. lawmakers have agreed to repeal a 2004 ban on Chinese poultry imports, provided more rigorous food-safety standards are met, in a move that could ease heightened trade tensions with China.

  • September 25, 2009

    One Beacon Bid To Reconsider Fails In Asbestos Spat

    One Beacon Insurance Co. has lost a bid for reconsideration of a July decision in which a federal court ruled that glass company Pilkington North America Inc. could sue One Beacon and other insurers for the cost of cleaning up a contaminated site and paying out related asbestos claims.

  • September 25, 2009

    Judge Hits The Brakes In Greyhound, Tire Co. Suit

    Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. will not have to reimburse Greyhound Lines Inc. for payments extended to passengers injured in a bus accident allegedly caused by a defective tire, a federal judge ruled Sept. 23.

  • September 25, 2009

    Honeywell Fined For Chemical Accidents

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has hit Honeywell International Inc. with a $550,000 civil penalty for separate chemical accidents that killed one person and sickened workers and residents living near its Baton Rouge, La., chemical plant.

  • September 24, 2009

    Judge Greenlights $24M Chrysler Wrongful Death Deal

    The judge overseeing the Chapter 11 proceedings of Old Carco LLC — formerly known as Chrysler LLC — approved a $24 million settlement deal involving Old Carco, Safeco Insurance Co. of America and plaintiffs who won a $55 million verdict in a case over a death they said was caused by a defective Dodge truck.

  • September 24, 2009

    Katrina Trailer Plaintiffs Slam Gov't Contractor Defense

    Plaintiffs alleging they were issued formaldehyde-laden trailers after Hurricane Katrina have asked a judge to shoot down Fluor Enterprises Inc.'s affirmative defenses, including its argument that the government contractor defense shields the housing unit installer from liability.

  • September 24, 2009

    Clove Cigar Importer Sues Over FDA Ban

    A clove cigar importer has reportedly filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration challenging the agency's recent ban of cigarettes with fruit, candy or clove flavors.

  • September 24, 2009

    Seafood Cos. Fail To Net Valdez Punitive Damages

    A federal appeals court has decided not to rehear a case that two seafood processors brought in an attempt to collect punitive damages, along with a more than $8 million settlement, for harm suffered due to the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

  • September 24, 2009

    Fla. Toxic Tort Suits To Proceed Without Crescent

    A federal judge has approved a bid to sever bankrupt real estate developer Crescent Resources LLC from 64 toxic tort actions pending in Florida state court so that the plaintiffs may proceed against a number of other defendants, which include Siemens Communications Inc., General Dynamics Corp. and Plessey Inc.

  • September 24, 2009

    Murphy Oil Settles Refinery Fire Claims

    Murphy Oil USA Inc. has settled a consolidated action brought by residents living near a Meraux, La., petroleum refinery that burst into flames June 10, 2003, allegedly causing property damage and physical injuries, with a federal court dismissing the original cases individually.

  • September 24, 2009

    Miller, Insurers Settle Over Underage Marketing Suits

    The former Miller Brewing Co. has settled a breach of contract suit brought against a raft of insurers over their alleged failure to defend and indemnify Miller in several bodily injury and wrongful death class actions accusing the beverage maker of marketing alcoholic products to underage consumers.

  • September 24, 2009

    FDA Taps IOM To Study Premarket Approval Process

    The Institute of Medicine has been commissioned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to scrutinize the premarket notification program under which certain medical devices marketed in the U.S. are reviewed and cleared. The agency's processes were criticized earlier this year for allowing faulty devices on the market at patients' peril.

  • September 23, 2009

    Calif. Appeals Court Revives AT&T Cell Phone Action

    A California appeals court has revived a putative class action brought by consumers alleging that AT&T Wireless Services Inc. sold them premium cell phones and then modified its network in a way that rendered the phones essentially useless.