Product Liability

  • June 27, 2008

    Foam Company Settles Club Fire Claims

    American Foam Corporation has agreed to pay $6.3 million to settle lawsuits filed by the families of the 100 people killed in a nightclub fire in Rhode Island in the latest in a string of settlements relating to the fire.

  • June 27, 2008

    European Regulators Warn Of Anemia Drug Risks

    Europe's drug regulating body has recommended that a class of anemia drugs often used to treat cancer patients update warning labels to say the drug could hasten the progression of cancer.

  • June 27, 2008

    Body Parts Mastermind Sentenced To 18-54 Years

    The alleged mastermind behind a multimillion-dollar human tissue theft conspiracy was sentenced Friday to 18 to 54 years in prison.

  • June 27, 2008

    ICT Loses Summary Judgment Bid In Sealer Case

    A judge has ruled that plaintiffs in product liability litigation over Stand 'N Seal grout sealer can use circumstantial evidence to show that they were exposed to a toxic ingredient in the sealer, denying a motion for summary judgment by Innovative Chemical Technologies Inc.

  • June 27, 2008

    BP Blast Victims Ask High Court To Stay Plea Deal

    Victims of a deadly 2005 explosion at BP Plc's Texas City, Texas, plant have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to delay a lower court decision on a plea agreement they say imposes too small a fine on the energy giant.

  • June 26, 2008

    Studio Sues DreamWorks Over Toxic Chemical Claim

    A former NASA plant outside Los Angeles that has been converted into a Hollywood studio is again at the center of a legal squabble over workers' alleged exposure to toxic chemicals.

  • June 26, 2008

    Exxon Ruling Will Drill Punitive Awards: Experts

    The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the Exxon Valdez oil spill case, which set a 1:1 ratio for punitive damages to compensatory damages, is only binding under federal maritime law. Still, many observers say the order will be influential in cutting damages in other types of cases as well.

  • June 26, 2008

    Judge Approves Settlement In Eating Disorder Case

    In a case that could have broad implications for eating disorder patients, a federal judge in New Jersey has tentatively signed off on a class action settlement that would require Aetna Inc. to provide more coverage for those struggling with the disorders.

  • June 27, 2008

    Anheuser-Busch To Eliminate Caffeinated Malt Drinks

    Anheuser-Busch Co. Inc. will stop making and selling Bud Extra and Tilt, two alcoholic energy drinks, according to an agreement the brewing giant reached with 11 state attorneys general on Thursday.

  • June 26, 2008

    Tyson Resolves Dispute Over Antibiotic-Free Claims

    Tyson Foods Inc. has settled with two competitors that accused it of deceptive advertising, but the company still faces consumer lawsuits over the company's claim that its chicken is not treated with antibiotics.

  • June 26, 2008

    MTBE Judge Backpedals On Expert Testimony Ruling

    The judge overseeing a bellwether case that is part of the multidistrict litigation involving claims of groundwater contamination will allow a previously excluded plaintiffs' expert to offer limited testimony in the case.

  • June 25, 2008

    Bike Maker Sanctioned In Product Liability Suit

    A magistrate judge has ordered a manufacturer of children’s bicycles to pay some of the legal fees for a plaintiff who brought a product liability suit after her son died by choking on a metal part that had come in the package with his new Spiderman bike.

  • June 25, 2008

    High Court Cuts $2B From Exxon Valdez Damages

    The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld an award of punitive damages against Exxon Mobil Corp. related to 1989's Exxon Valdez oil spill, but radically reduced the damages from $2.5 billion to just $507.5 million, or the amount equal to the compensatory damages in the case.

  • June 25, 2008

    Shoreline Settles Suit Over Tour Boat Disaster

    A federal court approved a settlement Monday between Shoreline Cruise Inc. and approximately 30 plaintiffs who claimed the boat operator was responsible for the fatal 2005 capsizing of a tour boat on Lake George, N.Y.

  • June 27, 2008

    Day Of Reckoning Arrives For Scruggs

    Famed plaintiffs lawyer Richard “Dickie” Scruggs will be spending the next five years behind bars, with a judge opting to slap him with the recommended maximum sentence for conspiring to bribe a Mississippi state judge.

  • June 24, 2008

    Water Conservationists Sue EPA Over Transfer Rule

    A slew of conservation groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday, alleging that a new agency rule violates the Clean Water Act by allowing polluted water to be transferred between water basins and channels without a permit.

  • June 24, 2008

    Seroquel Plaintiffs Must Turn Over Zyprexa Info

    Plaintiffs in the multidistrict litigation over AstraZeneca LP's anti-psychotic Seroquel must hand over documents related to their participation in a separate MDL over Eli Lilly & Co.'s drug Zyprexa, a federal judge has ruled.

  • June 24, 2008

    Total May Be Liable For Cleanup Costs: EU Court

    French oil company Total SA, the world's fourth-largest oil and gas company, may reportedly be held liable under European Union rules for cleanup costs relating to a 1999 tanker spill off the coast of France, although the matter is for a French court to decide, the European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday.

  • June 23, 2008

    Firm Fights For Fee Payout In Medtronic MDL

    A plaintiffs firm in the multidistrict litigation over Medtronic Inc.'s allegedly faulty defibrillators has objected to another firm's bid to withhold payment of attorneys' fees until after a hearing later this summer, calling the request for a delay unnecessary and improper.

  • June 23, 2008

    Judge Closes Merck Derivative Suit Over Vioxx

    A New Jersey federal judge has closed a derivative suit filed against Merck & Co. Inc. and its directors for allegedly ignoring health risks associated with painkiller Vioxx after once again denying shareholder plaintiffs' request to amend their complaint against the drugmaker.