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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.