Product Liability

  • March 12, 2008

    House Presses Meat Co. Exec On Recall Details

    Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives pushed the president of Hallmark/Westland Meat Co. on Wednesday for answers as to what regulatory and oversight deficiencies led to the biggest meat recall in U.S. history.

  • March 7, 2008

    Senate Passes Consumer Product Safety Bill

    Amid a recent slew of high-profile recalls, the U.S. Senate passed legislation Thursday aimed at enhancing federal oversight of toys and other consumer goods.

  • March 7, 2008

    Judge OKs Webcast Of Zyprexa Hearing

    A federal judge in charge of multidistrict litigation over Eli Lilly & Co.'s Zyprexa will open his courtroom to the cameras, after granting a request by a media outlet to broadcast proceedings over the Internet.

  • March 7, 2008

    Wyeth, Upjohn Hit With $27M In Punitive Damages

    Wyeth is vowing to appeal after an Arkansas jury decided that it and Pfizer Inc. subsidiary Pharmacia & Upjohn Co. LLC should pay a combined $27.1 million in punitive damages in a case brought by a woman who says she developed breast cancer from the use of menopause drugs including Provera, Premarin and Prempro.

  • March 7, 2008

    Judge Tosses Liability Claim In Lawnmower Fire Suit

    A judge has dismissed a claim in an insurance company lawsuit alleging that a pre-owned Sears Roebuck & Co. lawnmower started a fire at a Delaware couple's property in 2006.

  • March 7, 2008

    Cessna Seat Defect Caused Crash: Passengers

    Two deaf passengers injured in a 2005 plane crash on Martha's Vineyard have sued the plane's deaf pilot and Cessna Aircraft Company, claiming among other things that a defect in the plane's seat-adjusting mechanism contributed to the crash.

  • March 7, 2008

    Firm Wins $3.3M Fee In Motorola Environmental Suit

    Law firm Brown & Bain PA will get additional payments for its work in a Motorola Inc. environmental contamination suit it withdrew from almost a decade ago, after an appeals court ruled that the main plaintiffs lawyer still owed it $3.3 million.

  • March 6, 2008

    Senate Vote Expected Soon On Consumer Safety Bill

    Only days after agreeing to take up the bill, the U.S. Senate is expected to vote imminently on legislation aimed at beefing up the federal oversight of consumer goods.

  • March 6, 2008

    FDA Warns Internet Sellers Of Unapproved STD Drugs

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent warning letters to seven Internet-based companies that sell and import unapproved and misbranded drugs to customers in the United States for the treatment and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.

  • April 18, 2008

    Timing Of Recalls Poses Challenges For Medical Cos.

    While medical device manufacturers face significant backlash if they wait too long to issue a recall, they also run the risk of pulling the trigger too early.

  • March 6, 2008

    U.S. Officials Concede Vaccines Led To Disorder

    U.S. health officials have reportedly admitted that vaccines worsened an underlying disorder in a Georgia girl, ultimately resulting in her development of autism.

  • March 6, 2008

    Paris Court Bounces Boeing Suit To U.S.

    The families of the victims of a 2004 airplane crash must seek retribution in a U.S. court, a French appeals court has ruled.

  • March 6, 2008

    GSK Probe Prompts U.K. To Boost Drug Oversight

    The United Kingdom is reportedly set to bolster its laws governing the oversight of pharmaceutical companies in the wake of an investigation into GlaxoSmithKline Plc's alleged delay in disclosing evidence that its blockbuster antidepressant Paxil increases the likelihood of suicide among teenagers.

  • March 6, 2008

    FDA Asks GSK, Others For Data On Asthma Drugs

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has requested additional information from several asthma-drug makers, including GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis AG, in order to conduct further review of the drugs' safety.

  • March 6, 2008

    House Subpoenas Exec For Hearing On Beef Recall

    A U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee has subpoenaed the president of Hallmark/Westland Meat Co. to testify about how millions of pounds of tainted beef reached the market, countering the executive's refusal to show up to a previous hearing.

  • March 5, 2008

    Drug Safety Concerns Prompt GAO Probe Of FDA

    Amid recent safety concerns over two blockbuster drugs, the U.S. Government Accountability Office is set to investigate whether the U.S. Food and Drug Administration improperly cleared the medications without sufficient proof of their safety or effectiveness.

  • March 5, 2008

    Roche Warns Of Psychotic Reactions To Tamiflu

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Roche Holding AG have issued a warning to doctors over potentially deadly psychotic reactions in young patients taking Tamiflu and have urged caution when prescribing the drug.

  • March 5, 2008

    Supreme Court Ruling Could Impact Aredia Case

    The parties in the multidistrict product liability litigation involving bone cancer medications Aredia and Zometa have been given the opportunity to weigh in on whether they feel a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision should affect the outcome of the defendants’ pending motion for summary judgment.

  • March 5, 2008

    Pfizer Quits Bickering Over Mirapex Bellwether Trials

    After many months of wrangling over the bellwether trial process, the two sides in the multidistrict litigation over Pfizer Inc.'s Mirapex have agreed on the first three cases to go before a jury.

  • March 4, 2008

    Senate To Begin Debate On CPSC Overhaul

    The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Monday to begin debate on a bill that would give a shot in the arm to the federal watchdog that polices consumer goods.