Product Liability

  • July 28, 2008

    2nd Circ. Affirms FDA Injunction Decision

    An appeals court has upheld a lower court's decision to enjoin the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from implementing a drug law that would force distributors to keep a record of everyone who has handled a drug.

  • July 25, 2008

    Suit Seeks To Ban EPA Approval Of Toxic Pesticide

    A coalition of farmworker and environmental activist groups has filed suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, claiming the regulator wrongfully approved the use of the highly toxic pesticide endosulfan, which is banned in Europe and at least 20 other countries.

  • July 25, 2008

    Suit Claims AT&T Caller ID Does Not ID All Callers

    AT&T Corp. has duped consumers into purchasing a caller ID service that is only capable of identifying some phone numbers, a proposed class action lawsuit claims.

  • July 25, 2008

    Chevron Gets Some Claims Tossed In Nigeria Case

    A district judge has tossed several claims in a long-running court battle between Chevron Corp. and a group of Nigerians who allege that the company conspired with the Nigerian military to gun down demonstrators protesting the oil company's presence in the country.

  • July 25, 2008

    Prosecutor Asks To Drop Last Scruggs Charges

    As part of a plea deal, U.S. Attorney Jim Greenlee has asked a Mississippi court to drop the remaining charges against plaintiffs lawyer Richard “Dickie” Scruggs, who has already been sentenced to federal prison for bribing a judge.

  • July 28, 2008

    Calif. High Court To Review Contingency Fee Dispute

    The California Supreme Court has agreed to hear a public nuisance case against a group of lead paint manufacturers that will determine when public entities can hire outside attorneys on a contingency fee basis.

  • July 25, 2008

    Tobacco Accords Don't Violate Sherman Act: 10th Circ.

    In the latest legal battle over the 1998 tobacco company settlement, a federal appeals court has found that two states' amendment agreements for tobacco manufacturers that didn't sign the original settlement do not violate the Sherman Act.

  • July 25, 2008

    Judge Cites Cert Grant In Keeping Lexapro Cases Alive

    A federal judge on Thursday denied Forest Laboratories Inc.'s motion to dismiss 22 actions in the Celexa and Lexapro multidistrict litigation because of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to grant certiorari in Levine v. Wyeth, which also deals with the question of federal preemption in product liability suits.

  • July 25, 2008

    Feds Seize Erectile Dysfunction Drugs

    U.S. marshals seized $74,000 worth of illegal erectile dysfunction drugs Thursday, after SEI Pharmaceuticals Inc. failed to recall the tablets marketed as “dietary supplements” but containing a chemical similar to the active ingredient in Viagra.

  • July 24, 2008

    Shipping Co. Faces Criminal Charges For Oil Spill

    A federal grand jury has issued a criminal indictment against shipping company Fleet Management Ltd., charging it with negligence and falsifying documents relating to the operation of its ship, which spilled thousands of gallons of oil into the San Francisco Bay in 2007.

  • July 24, 2008

    Lawmakers Attack DOL's Workplace Toxins Rule

    Two lawmakers are calling on the U.S. Department of Labor to withdraw last-minute changes to a proposed rule on workplace chemical risk exposure, saying the modifications could dramatically slow the enactment of future health and safety regulations that protect U.S. workers.

  • July 24, 2008

    Kentucky Prison Awaits Scruggs' Arrival

    Famed plaintiffs lawyer Richard “Dickie” Scruggs was ordered Wednesday to report to a federal prison in Ashland, Ky., by Aug. 4 to start serving a five-year sentence for conspiring to bribe a Mississippi state judge.

  • July 24, 2008

    1 Of 3 Claims In T-Mobile Suit Headed To Arbitration

    A federal judge has partially granted T-Mobile USA Inc.'s motion to compel arbitration in a proposed class action filed by three customers over roaming fees.

  • July 24, 2008

    Judge Abused Discretion In Honda Class Cert: 9th Circ.

    An appeals court has booted Judge Manuel L. Real from four statewide product liability cases against American Honda Motor Corp. after finding that the controversial district judge erroneously granted class certification.

  • July 24, 2008

    Suit Alleges Teva's Pergolide Damaged Heart Valves

    Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. has been hit with a suit claiming that pergolide, its now-withdrawn generic treatment for restless leg syndrome, causes heart valve damage, making Teva the third company to face a suit over restless leg drugs.

  • September 19, 2008

    Regulatory And Govt. Affairs Practice: WilmerHale

    Businesses now need coordinated solutions to the increasingly complex and nuanced issues they're facing and strategies that draw on the skills and expertise of a broad range of legal practice areas, says Robert T. Novick, chair of the regulatory and government affairs department at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.

  • July 24, 2008

    ConAgra Peanut Butter Plaintiffs Denied Class Status

    A federal judge has refused to certify two different classes of plaintiffs in multidistrict litigation that accuses ConAgra Foods Inc. of selling salmonella-contaminated peanut butter.

  • August 7, 2008

    Lawyers Debate Value Of 'Lone Pine' Orders

    With a sharp uptick in the volume of mass tort litigation in recent years, the burdens on litigants and the judicial system are higher than ever before. But there is sharp disagreement among lawyers as to when, and in which cases, “Lone Pine” orders can and should be used.

  • July 23, 2008

    Some Claims Tossed In Faulty HVAC Valve Dispute

    A federal judge has dismissed three counts of an air conditioning installer's $12 million complaint alleging that the Milwaukee Valve Co. Inc.'s products were improperly designed.

  • July 23, 2008

    Sen. Criticizes FDA For Salmonella In Peppers

    U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y) has chastised the U.S. Food and Drug Administration after the agency's announcement that it detected in a jalapeno pepper sample a strain of salmonella blamed for an outbreak that affected more than 1,200 people.