Product Liability

  • August 7, 2007

    Judge Reels in "Fishing" Expedition in Philips Suit

    In a putative class action over allegedly defective televisions made by Philips Electronics North America Corp., a federal judge put a stop to what he called plaintiffs attempts to “go fishing” for a new class representative after the sole named plaintiff was deemed inadequate.

  • August 6, 2007

    Judge Orders Fen-Phen Attorneys To Repay $62M

    Three Kentucky lawyers accused of fleecing plaintiffs in a class action over Wyeth Pharmaceuticals' diet pill Fen-Phen have been ordered by a judge to repay more than $62 million, according to reports.

  • August 6, 2007

    Kids' Jewelry, Mostly From China, Poses Lead Hazard

    Hundreds of thousands of children's jewelry tainted with lead are still being sold around the United States, despite the federal government's two-year long effort to treat the threat, and the source seems to be concentrated mainly in China.

  • August 6, 2007

    Ruling Tossing 2 Plaintiffs From Guidant MDL Affirmed

    An appeals court has affirmed a lower court's decision to throw out the claims of two plaintiffs in the multidistrict litigation over Guidant Corp. pacemakers and defibrillators, noting the plaintiffs' attorney's failure to provide the court with requested information.

  • August 6, 2007

    Workers Oppose Verizon's Request To Stay 911 Case

    Office cleaners and asbestos workers currently suing Verizon of New York Inc. for health problems caused by cleaning the Verizon building after the World Trade Center attacks have protested the telecommunication company's request for a stay in their proceedings.

  • August 6, 2007

    CPSC Gets Its Regulatory Fire Back

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission has been granted temporary authority to exercise its full regulatory power despite the fact that the agency is still missing one commissioner. The authority, which will only last for six months, was issued as a provision of a homeland security bill, signed into law by President Bush on Friday.

  • August 3, 2007

    FDA To Use DOD Data In Product Safety Decisions

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that it would begin using military data to help make better-informed decisions about medical product safety.

  • August 3, 2007

    Appeals Court Sides With Goodyear On Witness

    An appeals court has agreed with a lower court decision to throw out the expert testimony of a witness in a product liability case against The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., saying the witness didn't know enough about tires.

  • August 3, 2007

    Appeals Court Applies Preemption To Medtronic Case

    A Wisconsin appeals court joined the chorus of federal circuit courts applying the doctrine of regulatory preemption on Tuesday, ruling that Medtronic Inc. could not be liable for injuries caused by a defibrillator because the Food and Drug Administration had approved it.

  • August 3, 2007

    Fifth Circuit Rebuffs Katrina Policyholders

    In a boon for major U.S. insurers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has sided against a group of Hurricane Katrina policyholders in their crusade to hold the companies liable for the water damage their homes sustained at the hands of the worst storm to hit the U.S. in recent history.

  • August 3, 2007

    Court Extinguishes Smokers' Advertising Suit

    A day after a key U.S. Senate panel voted to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration more power to regulate tobacco, the California Supreme Court has sided against a pack of smokers that accused a handful of tobacco giants of attempting to target children with misleading cigarette advertisements.

  • August 6, 2007

    Airlines Ask For Judgment In DVT Suits

    Several airlines moved last week for summary judgment on complaints brought against them by passengers who allegedly suffered a kind of harmful blood clot called deep vein thrombosis as a result of flying, saying that the passengers had not identified an accident that caused the clots.

  • August 6, 2007

    Judge Limits Discovery in Prempro MDL

    In the multidistrict litigation over the hormone replacement therapy Prempro, a federal judge ordered pharmaceutical giant Wyeth on Thursday to turn over all notes made by sales representatives both before and during the time plaintiffs were prescribed the medication to alleviate symptoms relating to menopause.

  • August 2, 2007

    FDA Suspends Lab Closings To Weigh Criticisms

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has reportedly suspended its controversial plan, announced in December, to close down six of its 13 food testing facilities.

  • August 2, 2007

    Suzuki Issues Recall of 75,700 Vehicles

    Suzuki Motor Corp issued a recall of nearly 75,700 vehicles last week, over concerns that defective seat belt buckles could pose safety risks. The affected vehicles are 2006 and 2007 Forenza and Reno model vehicles.

  • August 2, 2007

    Apple Blasted With Complaints Over iPhone Battery

    Apple Inc. and AT&T Inc. have been hit with a purported class action lawsuit claiming that the companies fraudulently withheld information from consumers about the iPhone's battery.

  • August 2, 2007

    Key Senate Committee Backs Tobacco Regulation

    A U.S. Senate committee has thrown its weight behind a widely supported measure that would give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration more power to regulate tobacco sellers and cigarette marketing aimed at young people, but would fall short of allowing the agency to ban tobacco products completely.

  • August 2, 2007

    Mattel Suffers Recall Woes To Tune Of $30M

    Mattel Inc. has become the latest company to issue a massive recall after learning some products it imported from China contain dangerous amounts of lead, a development that will cost the company about $30 million.

  • August 2, 2007

    Bridge Collapse Raises Liability Questions

    One day after a terrifying bridge collapse in Minneapolis left at least four people dead and dozens more injured, the plaintiffs bar is preparing to launch an all-out blitz as the state of Minnesota and scores of other entities find themselves at the center of a liability nightmare.

  • August 1, 2007

    Environmentalists, Unions Sue EPA Over Pesticide

    A coalition of advocacy groups and unions, including the United Farm Workers of America and the National Resources Defense Council, has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in an attempt to force the agency to ban the use of allegedly deadly pesticides.