Product Liability

  • January 9, 2008

    Attorney Duo Bolts From Scruggs' Side

    Barely a month after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided their firm's office, two Mississippi attorneys who have been defending famed plaintiffs' lawyer Richard “Dickie” Scruggs in a bribery scandal have opted to resign from his legal team.

  • January 9, 2008

    Bankrupt Co.'s Insurer To Pay $42M For Toxic Mess

    A member company of American International Group Inc. has agreed to fork over $42.5 million to clean up contamination at four industrial facilities formerly owned by Fruit of the Loom, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.

  • January 28, 2008

    Pharmacies May Tread On FDA Turf With HRTs

    Warning letters recently sent by the Food and Drug Administration to pharmacies, alleging they made misleading claims about their bioidentical hormone replacement therapies, have set off a debate concerning where the FDA's authority ends and whether compounding pharmacies should be more closely regulated.

  • January 8, 2008

    Ill Welder's Case Chosen As MDL Bellwether

    A judge has picked a case brought by a welder who allegedly developed manganese-induced Parkinsonism from exposure to toxic fumes caused by the tools of his trade as the next bellwether trial in the multidistrict welding fume litigation.

  • January 8, 2008

    Calif. Study Fails To Find Autism-Vaccine Link

    Deepening the debate over the causes of autism, California researchers have found that autism cases in the state continued to rise even after the mercury-based preservative thimerosal that has been suggested as a possible cause of the neurological disorder was removed from routine childhood shots.

  • January 8, 2008

    Lawmakers Leery Of Heart Doc's TV Plug For Lipitor

    A congressional committee has launched an investigation into Pfizer Inc.'s use of celebrity doctor Robert Jarvik to plug its blockbuster cholesterol drug Lipitor in TV advertisements.

  • January 8, 2008

    Justices Deny Cert In Monsanto Mass Tort Case

    It's the end of the line for a group of plaintiffs hoping to force Monsanto Inc. to pay additional damages in a lawsuit filed over the improper disposal of pollutants, after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case.

  • January 9, 2008

    TV Ads Minimize Drug Risks: Study

    Amid rising concern over the ethics of direct-to-consumer advertising, a recent study by a group of university researchers has found that most prescription drug ads on television do not present a fair balance of information, especially when it comes to the risk of side effects.

  • January 9, 2008

    Jury Clears BP In $423M Cleanup Suit

    BP America Inc. has prevailed in a Kansas class action involving alleged property damage from environmental contaminants that could have cost the energy giant hundreds of millions of dollars.

  • January 14, 2008

    Growing "Cosmeceutical" Industry Faces Liability

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which does not recognize the term “cosmeceutical,” seems content with its current regulation over the rapidly growing industry of anti-aging serums and cellulite-reducing creams, but experts predict that these lucrative products will gain increasing attention from the plaintiffs' bar as the industry grows.

  • January 7, 2008

    Parties In Tainted Pet Food MDL Continue Talks

    Citing significant progress in settlement talks, a judge has extended the stay of the multidistrict litigation alleging that a number of major U.S. pet food manufacturers and retailers killed or sickened their animals with tainted pet food.

  • January 7, 2008

    Judge Tosses Consortium Claims In Plane Crash

    A judge said Thursday that the spouses, adult children and parents of those who died in a 2006 Comair Inc. plane crash in Kentucky cannot sue for their loss of companionship.

  • January 7, 2008

    Jan Marini Discontinues Second Eyelash Product

    Cosmetics company Jan Marini Skin Research Inc. has discontinued its latest eyelash-plumping product, Age Intervention Eyelash Conditioner, while it fights off a patent infringement suit along with concerns from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

  • January 8, 2008

    Washer Woes Stem From Misuse, Whirlpool Asserts

    Whirlpool Corp. is aggressively defending itself in a putative class action brought by consumers who claim the company’s Maytag Brand front-loading washing machine is defective, arguing that any damages were caused by the plaintiffs’ improper use of the product.

  • January 7, 2008

    Tronox To Settle Texarkana Toxic Tort

    Tronox Inc. and five plaintiffs have agreed in principle to settle a personal injury case over health problems allegedly stemming from chemical contamination on a site in Texas where Tronox's corporate predecessors, including Kerr-McGee Chemical LLC, treated wood for more than a century.

  • January 8, 2008

    Weyerhaeuser Loses Dispute Over Asbestos Claims

    Weyerhaeuser Co. was wrong to file asbestos liability claims under coverage policies set before the people who made the claims were actually exposed, a judge has ruled, handing partial summary judgment to the lumber company's insurer, Fireman's Fund Insurance Co.

  • January 4, 2008

    Whittier Farms Tied To Listeria Outbreak

    Massachusetts state officials confirmed Wednesday that Whittier Farms Dairy was the source of the deadly listeria contamination that sickened two people and killed two others.

  • January 4, 2008

    Study Warns Pesticides May Cause Asthma In Women

    Exposure to pesticides could put women who live on farms at a higher risk of developing asthma, according a study published in the Jan. 1 issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

  • January 4, 2008

    Appeals Court Upholds $16M Judgment Against Q-Ray

    The defunct marketers of Q-Ray Ionized Bracelet, a product that claimed to relieve chronic pain, must disgorge more than $16 million to customers for fraudulent advertising, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

  • January 4, 2008

    More Evidence Of Anemia Drug Risk: FDA

    Two new studies being examined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration again indicate the risks of three anemia drugs, particularly when used by patients battling certain types of cancers with chemotherapy.