Product Liability

  • February 12, 2008

    Roetzel & Andress Gains Product Liability Veteran

    Roetzel & Andress LPA has snapped up the co-chairman of Greenberg Traurig's national products liability group to help build its Orlando, Fla., office.

  • February 12, 2008

    NHTSA Probes Two GM SUV Engine Fires

    A United States government agency has launched an investigation into one type of General Motors Corp.’s sport utility vehicles, following reports of two engine fires.

  • February 11, 2008

    Teflon Consumers Call For Sanctions Against DuPont

    Plaintiffs in multidistrict litigation over Teflon-coated cookware have asked a court to sanction maker E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. for delaying the production of documents and slowing progress in the $5 billion product liability case.

  • February 11, 2008

    Ethicon Suffers Blow In Aortic Laceration Case

    A Tennessee appeals court has ordered a new trial in a product liability case brought by a patient who claimed that a defective surgical device manufactured by Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc. caused the accidental laceration of her aorta during abdominal surgery.

  • February 11, 2008

    Vytorin Class Actions Pile Up Against Merck, Schering

    Proposed class action suits are piling up against Merck & Co. and Schering-Plough Corp., claiming the drugmakers broke state consumer protection laws through the sale and marketing of cholesterol-lowering drugs Vytorin and Zetia.

  • February 11, 2008

    Samsung Sued Over Defective Blu-Ray Players

    A class action has accused Samsung Electronics America Inc. of knowingly selling defective Blu-ray disc players that could not play numerous Blu-ray movies.

  • February 11, 2008

    TJX Fights Transfer Of Class Action To State Court

    In litigation stemming from what has been called the largest retail security breach in U.S. history, discount retailer TJX Cos. has made another strategic move in its ongoing battle to keep the case in federal court.

  • February 8, 2008

    Congoleum, Bondholders Sign On To New Plan

    Congoleum Corp., the official committee of its bondholders and a committee of asbestos claimants have all signed on to a reorganization plan for Congoleum, which was first proposed in mid-January by a representative of future claimants against the company.

  • February 8, 2008

    Wyeth Pressure May Have Led To FDA Vet Dismissal

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration may have removed a veterinarian from her post at the agency in response to pressure from Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, a comprehensive congressional report has revealed.

  • February 8, 2008

    FDA Study Of Botox Safety Deepens Allergan's Frown

    Still smarting from recent public scrutiny from a consumer advocacy group over Botox, Allergan Inc. has been hit with more bad news. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday it will conduct a safety review of the popular cosmetic treatment and a similar product, Myobloc, after receiving reports of deaths and breathing problems in some patients.

  • February 7, 2008

    Cos., Execs Indicted Over Tainted Pet Foods

    Three companies, two in China and one in the U.S., were indicted along with their top executives Wednesday for their alleged roles in distributing tainted pet food that led to the deaths of thousands of animals last year.

  • February 7, 2008

    BP Refinery Probed Over Latest Texas City Accident

    The U.S. Chemical Safety Board announced on Thursday that it is opening a new investigation into BP Plc after an explosion in its Texas City, Texas, refinery killed a worker last month in the latest of a string of fatal accidents at the refinery.

  • February 7, 2008

    Victims Launch Campaign Against Exxon Valdez

    As the case over a $2.5 billion punitive damages award for the Exxon Valdez spill heads to the Supreme Court, victims of the environmental disaster have launched a campaign to exert public pressure on Exxon Mobil Corp.

  • February 7, 2008

    Judge Lets $134M Prempro Verdict Stand

    A Nevada judge has nixed Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s bid for a new trial in a case that ended in a jury verdict awarding $134 million to three breast cancer sufferers allegedly sickened by the company's hormone replacements.

  • February 7, 2008

    Deaths Prompt FDA Crackdown On Colchicine

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it would be taking enforcement action against companies that market unapproved injectable colchicine in the wake of a slew of deaths related to the drug, which is used to treat gout and other ailments.

  • February 8, 2008

    Welders Drop Medical Monitoring Claims From MDL

    Denied class certification, 16 welders seeking a medical monitoring program for an allegedly increased risk of developing brain damage have agreed to dismiss themselves from the multidistrict welding fume litigation.

  • February 7, 2008

    Arco Agrees To $187M Superfund Cleanup Settlement

    A BP Plc subsidiary has agreed to a $187 million Superfund settlement for the cleanup of sites along the Clark Fork River in southwestern Montana, bringing a tentative end to suits brought by both federal and state governments.

  • February 7, 2008

    Lawmakers Probe Cos. Behind Lipitor-Touting Doc

    Two Democratic lawmakers are questioning companies that were involved in the production of direct-to-consumer advertising as part of a congressional investigation into Pfizer Inc.'s use of celebrity doctor Robert Jarvik to plug its blockbuster cholesterol drug Lipitor in TV commercials.

  • February 6, 2008

    Europe Looks To Simplify Cosmetics Oversight

    The European Commission has proposed new legislation to simplify cosmetics regulation in Europe and strengthen product safety, the commission said Tuesday.

  • February 7, 2008

    Tobacco Case A Contender For Supreme Court Review

    If recent history is any guide, the U.S. Supreme Court will likely take up calls by the tobacco industry to hear debate on the high-stakes issue of mass tort punitive damages, and will do so with a sympathetic ear.