Product Liability

  • February 20, 2008

    Judge Refuses To Ditch Scruggs Bribery Charges

    A Mississippi federal judge has reportedly refused to dismiss claims that famed tort lawyer Richard “Dickie” Scruggs and two of his colleagues tried to bribe a state judge to get a bigger slice of a Hurricane Katrina lawsuit settlement.

  • February 20, 2008

    French Prosecutor To Appeal Queen Mary 2 Verdict

    Outraged by the court's decision to let eight employees off the hook on manslaughter charges, a French prosecutor has reportedly decided to appeal the ruling in a case involving a shipyard accident on the gangway of luxury ocean liner Queen Mary 2 that killed 16 people and injured more than two dozen others.

  • February 20, 2008

    Judge Approves Congoleum's Disclosure Statement

    A bankruptcy judge has approved Congoleum Corp.'s disclosure statement, setting the stage for possible approval of the flooring company's reorganization plan later this year.

  • February 20, 2008

    Sears Turns Down Heat On Stove Dispute

    Sears Holdings Corp. has opted to settle a class action over stoves that allegedly have a tendency to tip over by agreeing to implement safety brackets on the disputed appliances found in millions of homes.

  • February 20, 2008

    Judge Cuts $134M Verdict In Wyeth Hormone Trial

    A Nevada state judge has slashed a $134 million verdict awarded to three breast cancer sufferers in a trial over Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s controversial hormone replacement pills because of concerns that the jury was influenced by “passion and prejudice.”

  • February 20, 2008

    Once On Cutting Edge, Sharper Image Files For Ch. 11

    Sharper Image, the high-end home-gadgetry store and catalog retailer, has filed for bankruptcy protection and intends to shut down 90 of its stores as part of a restructuring agreement. A major factor in the company's crisis was a slew of class actions alleging that its signature product, the Ionic Breeze air purifier, did more harm than good.

  • February 20, 2008

    Plan Gives Trust Too Much Power: ACandS Creditor

    Arguing that a current incarnation of bankrupt insulation-maker ACandS Inc.'s reorganization plan would allow asbestos plaintiffs to play with the tort system, creditor Owens-Illinois Inc. on Tuesday asked the court to reject the plan as currently written.

  • February 20, 2008

    Merck Appealing Canadian OK Of Vioxx Class Action

    The Canadian subsidiary of Merck & Co. Inc. will appeal a decision by the Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench to certify class proceedings in a Vioxx lawsuit, according to a statement on the Merck Frosst Canada Ltd. Web site Wednesday.

  • February 20, 2008

    High Court Limits Device Liability With Medtronic

    In a big win for the medical device industry, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 Wednesday that a company cannot be sued under state law if a device that has undergone the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's premarket approval process causes an injury.

  • February 20, 2008

    CBS Concludes Drawn-Out Superfund Dispute

    CBS Corp. will pay $31.35 million toward the cleanup of six Superfund sites in and around Bloomington, Ind., bringing to a close the decades-long dispute over hazardous polychlorinated biphenyl contamination for which a CBS predecessor company was allegedly liable.

  • February 19, 2008

    Huge Meat Recall Spurs Inspections, Criminal Charges

    The largest meat recall in U.S. history has the Department of Agriculture promising to step up its inspection regimen, while two employees of the meatpacking plant at the center of the recall face animal-cruelty charges.

  • February 19, 2008

    Blast Victims Lobby To Boost BP’s Fine By Billions

    Victims of the 2005 explosion at BP PLC's Texas City, Texas, refinery are pushing to increase the oil giant’s current $50 million agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, arguing that the fine should fall in the range of $400 million to $3.2 billion.

  • February 19, 2008

    Lawmakers Bridge Divide Over CPSC Overhaul Bill

    Lawmakers came one step closer on Friday to approving legislation that would give a much-needed shot in the arm to the faltering federal watchdog that polices consumer goods, reaching a bipartisan deal over certain contested portions of the bill.

  • February 19, 2008

    Researcher Claims Bayer's Inaction Cost Lives

    An estimated 22,000 lives could have been saved if Bayer AG had come clean with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about the potentially fatal problems connected to its blood-clotting drug Trasylol, a researcher has alleged in a new report airing on "60 Minutes."

  • February 20, 2008

    Wyeth Claims Victory In Thimerosal-Autism Case

    A Maryland circuit court judge has granted Wyeth's bid for summary judgment in a case claiming that a youngster's exposure to thimerosal-containing vaccines caused him to become autistic, the pharmaceutical giant said Tuesday.

  • February 19, 2008

    Generic Version Of J&J Pain Patches Recalled

    Another batch of patches containing the strong painkiller fentanyl has been pulled from store shelves over concerns that a design flaw could lead to a fatal overdose in patients or caregivers.

  • February 19, 2008

    FDA Pitches Off-Label Rules Amid Criticism

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is looking to clear the way for drug companies to provide doctors with information on off-label uses of prescription drugs, in a proposal that has incensed lawmakers and consumer advocates.

  • February 20, 2008

    Plaintiff Denied Class Status In Wyeth Hormone Suit

    A judge on Tuesday denied a motion for class action status in a protracted liability lawsuit against Wyeth Inc. and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc. over its hormone replacement therapy drugs.

  • February 19, 2008

    Glitch Left Chinese Heparin Plant Uninspected

    A Chinese factory responsible for producing the lead ingredient in heparin, a blood-thinning drug that was recently tied to four deaths and hundreds of allergic reactions, hadn't been checked by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration because the agency had confused the names of two different factories.

  • February 15, 2008

    Lawyers In Valdez Case Get Extra Minutes To Argue

    Attorneys in the high-profile Supreme Court case over a $2.5 billion punitive damages award for the Exxon Valdez spill will each get an extra 15 minutes to argue their points.