Product Liability

  • October 22, 2008

    Judge Orders Settlement Talks In Zyprexa MDL

    A group of state attorneys general yet to settle with Eli Lilly & Co. over its allegedly fraudulent marketing of Zyprexa has been urged by a judge to sit down at the negotiating table.

  • October 22, 2008

    Report Questions Pfizer's Anti-Smoking Drug

    Nonprofit researchers called for increased scrutiny of Pfizer Inc.’s Chantix following reports that the smoking-cessation drug had caused more serious injuries than any other drug in the first quarter.

  • October 23, 2008

    Jury Taps Wyeth For $3M In Fen-Phen Suit

    A New Jersey state jury has awarded a woman $3 million after determining that Wyeth's diet drug Pondimin, one of the two drugs that constitute fen-phen, caused her to develop a life-threatening lung disease. The verdict comes less than two weeks after Wyeth prevailed in a similar case in Pennsylvania.

  • October 21, 2008

    Steris Hasn't Solved Manufacturing Violations: FDA

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration published a letter Tuesday that it had sent to Steris Corp., warning that the medical-device sterilization company wasn't complying with “good manufacturing” regulations and could face penalties.

  • October 21, 2008

    No Payday For Insurance Co. In 9/11 Case: 2nd Circ.

    A federal appeals court on Monday ruled against Industrial Risk Insurers Inc. in its attempt to recoup from Citigroup Inc. and others $861 million in payments in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that claimed 7 World Trade Center among other New York buildings.

  • October 21, 2008

    CPSC To Ponder New Regs After 1.6M Cribs Recalled

    Federal regulators are urging parents to inspect the hardware and stability of their children's cribs after two infant deaths prompted Delta Enterprise Corp. Tuesday to recall about 1.6 million drop-side cribs with missing or defective parts.

  • October 21, 2008

    Hyundai To Recall 150,000 Cars Over Faulty Airbags

    Hyundai Motor Co. has issued two separate recalls for more than 150,000 Elantra vehicles, following a U.S. government inspection that yielded several potential defects relating to the cars' airbag warning-light system.

  • October 21, 2008

    Chrysler Faces Class Action Over 'Faulty' V6 Engines

    A Florida motorist has filed a putative class action against Chrysler LLC for what she claims is a “catastrophic” design defect in the engines of thousands of cars manufactured by the automaker between 1998 and 2004.

  • October 21, 2008

    $18.3M Fee Fund Gets Green Light In Medtronic MDL

    The magistrate judge serving as special master in the multidistrict litigation against Medtronic Inc. over implantable defibrillators has entered a report and recommendation in support of awarding $18.25 million in common benefit fees to plaintiffs' counsel.

  • October 21, 2008

    Lilly Takes $1.4B Charge In Settlement Anticipation

    Eli Lilly & Co. will take a $1.4 billion charge in the third quarter to brace for a possible impending settlement with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and 30 states regarding the company's promotion and marketing of the anti-psychotic treatment Zyprexa, the company said Tuesday.

  • October 22, 2008

    1 In 4 Biotech Drugs Gets Safety Warning: Study

    About one-quarter of biotechnology drugs approved in the the U.S. and European Union have been subject to safety-related regulatory actions within their first decade on the market, a new study has shown.

  • October 20, 2008

    Defendants In Organic Milk MDL Argue Preemption

    Aurora Dairy Corp. and several U.S. retailers that sold the Colorado farm's organic milk are arguing that federal law preempts ongoing multidistrict litigation over alleged violations in the company's organic processes.

  • October 20, 2008

    Skinner Ch 11. Case Still OK To Proceed: 3rd Circ.

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has rejected a bid to dismiss Skinner Engine Co.'s Chapter 11 case, ruling that the asbestos litigation-plagued manufacturer should be allowed to continue working on its plan of reorganization.

  • October 20, 2008

    Insurers Beat Indemnification Claims In High Court

    The Indiana Supreme Court has found in favor of insurance companies in a dispute over whether U.S. Filter Corp. and Waste Management Holdings Inc. are entitled to indemnification for product liability litigation arising from workers who alleged silica exposure.

  • October 20, 2008

    Exxon Apologizes In $1B Groundwater Pollution Trial

    A lawyer for Exxon Mobil Corp. apologized to Maryland residents Wednesday in a trial stemming from a $1 billion lawsuit over an undetected gas leak at a service station that contaminated surrounding groundwater supplies, but said the company shouldn't be on the hook for punitive damages.

  • October 20, 2008

    Hong Kong Seeks To Beef Up Food Regulator

    After tainted Chinese milk products led to the deaths of four infants, Hong Kong is moving to shore up food-safety checks and give its regulator more power to recall and ban imports.

  • October 20, 2008

    WR Grace Disclosure Statement Draws Objections

    A statement explaining W.R. Grace’s proposed plan for repaying numerous plaintiffs with asbestos damage claims has drawn more than 20 objections, alleging the plan does not treat creditors fairly and that the explanation is unclear.

  • October 20, 2008

    Liver Failure Suit Tackles Settlement Enforceability

    A federal judge is set to consider whether he has the power to enforce a proposed settlement that was later rejected by the mother of a child who developed liver failure after being prescribed generic ibuprofen to treat a minor medical procedure.

  • October 17, 2008

    1 Dead, 4 Injured After Attack On Ga. Law Firm

    An explosion at a small-town Georgia law firm Friday morning left the 78-year-old suspect dead and four others wounded, local authorities said.

  • October 17, 2008

    Qwest Latest To Face Early Termination Fee Suit

    Two customers of Qwest Communications International Inc. have filed a proposed class action claiming that the company violates the law by charging a $200 early termination fee to subscribers to its Internet service who cancel before the end of their contract.