The claims of a truck driver who was left a quadraplegic after an accident and argued that his former employer J.B. Hunt Transport Inc. destroyed parts of the crashed truck, thus impeding his efforts to prove his claims in a products liability suit, are not barred by the state's Workers' Compensation Act, the Pennsylvania Superior Court held.
A judge has ordered nearly 900 plaintiffs in asbestos product liability multidistrict litigation to file severed and amended complaints within 60 days, finding that the plaintiffs' claims do not involve injuries arising from the same transactions or occurrences.
Biomet Inc. has revealed that it received a subpoena from the U.S. Department of Justice in connection with the company's osteogenesis and bone growth stimulation devices, just days after fellow medical device maker Smith & Nephew PLC made a similar announcement amid an ongoing probe into the sales and marketing of such products.
The U.S. Supreme Court has paved the way for thousands of former seamen at bankrupt shipping company Prudential Lines Inc. to receive payments for asbestos-related injury claims, rejecting an appeal Monday from the shipper's insurer, which took issue with the trustee's proposed payment structure.
Kellogg Co., one of the world’s largest cereal producers, has reached a deal with the Federal Trade Commission over claims of false advertising related to the company's assertion that Frosted Mini-Wheats can improve children’s attentiveness by nearly 20 percent.
In a dispute over insurance coverage for fraud and racketeering claims brought by CSX Transportation Inc. against asbestos litigation firm Peirce Raimond & Coulter PC, a federal judge has granted the law firm’s request to transfer the case to the Northern District of West Virginia.
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a case filed against the maker of Chicken of the Sea tuna that alleges the company failed to warn consumers about the product’s mercury concentrations, allowing a circuit court's revival of the putative class action to stand.
Bayer AG is facing calls by plaintiffs in multidistrict litigation over its blood-clotting drug Trasylol to hand over thousands of documents the pharmaceutical company claims are protected by attorney-client privilege.
Texas senators on Monday approved legislation that relaxes the state’s standard for establishing product liability for asbestos exposure in malignant mesothelioma cases, striking a blow at a 2007 Texas Supreme Court decision that set some of the strictest causation standards nationwide in asbestos cases.
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a mass torts attorney who was convicted of conspiracy and fraud and sentenced to more than 6 years in prison for his alleged role in millions of dollars worth of fraudulent claims for fen-phen settlement funds.
A federal judge has dismissed a proposed class action against Bumbo Ltd. and Target Corp. claiming that Bumbo's baby seats are unsafe, saying it lacks factual allegations.
In a long-running dispute over U.S. customs’ import duties on Volkswagen of America Inc.’s automobiles, the U.S. Court of International Trade has ruled on remand that the automaker is due allowances for repairs it performed to meet federal emissions standards.
A federal judge has granted final approval to a settlement conservatively valued at $61 million that resolves litigation over allegedly defective transmission systems in certain Saturn VUE or ION models made by General Motors Corp. between 2002 and 2005.
A federal judge has dismissed a proposed class action accusing The Coca-Cola Co. of falsely marketing its Enviga green tea soft drink as a “calorie-burning” product, finding that “more tightly fitting pants” is not valid proof that Enviga does not work as advertised.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has voted to stay enforcement of its new lead requirements for children's all-terrain vehicles until May 2011, saying that enforcing the rule immediately would endanger children by encouraging them to ride adult-sized ATVs.
A federal judge has declined to reconsider her refusal to grant summary judgment to an insurer seeking to get out of defending a law firm accused of taking kickbacks in silicosis liability settlements.
Food companies have been hit hard with lawsuits and recalls from recent contamination scares, leading many to turn to insurance policies to recoup losses. But businesses are finding that their policies may exclude such claims, potentially sparking disputes, insurance lawyers say.
The Illinois Supreme Court has reversed an earlier judgment against heating and air-conditioning component maker Weil-McLain, ruling that the company should have been permitted to offer evidence that a former pipe fitter’s asbestos-related illness was mostly caused by other exposure sources.
A case seeking damages for mesothelioma contracted from exposure to asbestos products produced by A.W. Chesterton Inc., U.S. Supply Co. and Duro-Dyne Corp. will continue in a Pennsylvania trial court, even though the plaintiff has already recovered damages for a separate cancer related to that exposure, the state's superior court has ruled.
A month after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Wyeth Pharmaceutical Inc.'s federal preemption argument, a Texas appeals court has dealt another blow to the drugmaker, reversing Wyeth's victory in a case over the company's hormone replacement drug Prempro.