Product Liability

  • September 24, 2007

    Guidant Fights Health-Care Providers' Appeal Attempt

    Guidant Corp. is fighting a request by third-party health-care providers to finalize a judgment in product liability litigation against the medical device company over allegedly faulty implantable heart defibrillators.

  • September 25, 2007

    Judge Rejects Daimler Bid To Toss Suit Over Shooting

    A federal judge has paved the way for a trial in the personal injury case brought by the wife of a DaimlerChrysler Corp. employee who was killed in a shooting rampage by a suicidal co-worker, ruling that the questions at issue are best left to a jury.

  • September 24, 2007

    Parties Seek Stay In Pet Food MDL Pending Mediation

    Pet owners who are suing major U.S. pet food manufacturers and retailers for allegedly killing their animals with tainted food have joined forces with their combatants to ask a New Jersey federal court to stay multidistrict litigation in light of settlement talks.

  • September 24, 2007

    Hogan & Hartson LLP

    As head of the product liability practice at Hogan & Hartson LLP, Mark Gately has watched the field become dominated by huge mass torts and multidistrict litigations that never see trial, and he hasn't always been happy with the result.

  • September 24, 2007

    House Bill Would Strengthen Food Import Laws

    Three Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced legislation that would create a user fee for imported food and drug shipments to fund inspections of the items by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

  • September 24, 2007

    TJX Settles Consumer Class Actions Over Data Breach

    Retailer TJX Companies Inc. has agreed to offer credit monitoring, store vouchers and a three-day sale under a class action settlement reached with consumers who were alleged victims of identity theft in one of the largest data security breaches ever in the United States.

  • September 21, 2007

    Phillip Morris Urges Court To Toss Smoker's Case

    Philip Morris USA Inc. has urged a judge to throw out a lawsuit brought by the husband of a deceased smoker because the claims, it argues, are preempted by laws governing cigarette advertising.

  • September 21, 2007

    Ford Asks For Mass Tort Designation Of Landfill Suits

    Contending that most of the plaintiffs' claims are similar, Ford Motor Co. and two co-defendants have asked a New Jersey Superior Court to bundle around 45 suits seeking damages for health and environmental hazards from a toxic landfill into one mass tort.

  • September 21, 2007

    PSEG, Verizon To Pay $306K To Settle Flood Suit

    Public Service Enterprise Group Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and South Jersey Gas Co. have agreed to pay $102,000 each to put to rest a federal class action alleging the utilities had an obligation to maintain dams that failed during a 2004 flood in Southern New Jersey, causing damage to hundreds of companies and homes.

  • September 21, 2007

    Environmental Guns Take Shot At Air Fresheners

    A handful of top environmental organizations have set their sights on air fresheners, petitioning the federal government to start scrutinizing the products that they believe pose numerous health risks to consumers.

  • September 21, 2007

    Mediator Appointed Over Asarco Asbestos Claims

    A Louisiana bankruptcy judge has been appointed to mediate in the long-standing alter ego dispute over asbestos-related personal injury claims that bankrupt mining behemoth Asarco LLC has been fending off for years.

  • September 21, 2007

    Ninth Circuit Breathes New Life Into W.R. Grace Case

    A federal appeals court has denied W.R. Grace's latest attempt to silence longstanding allegations that the bankrupt chemical manufacturer knowingly ran an asbestos-filled mine in Montana.

  • September 21, 2007

    FDA Defends Delays Over Vioxx Documents

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sought to stay a lawsuit which accuses the agency of unreasonable delays in producing documents requested by the plaintiffs for use in hundreds of cases filed against Merck & Co. Inc. over Vioxx.

  • September 21, 2007

    Accutane Trial To Begin Monday, As Planned

    In a state case in the multidistrict product liability litigation over Accutane, a judge on Friday denied defendant Hoffmann-La Roche’s motion for summary judgment, clearing the way for the trial to kick off on Monday.

  • September 20, 2007

    Epstein Becker

    With its handful of seasoned partners who have little use for titles, Epstein Becker & Green PC's product liability litigation team is still evolving five years after its founding. According to the group's members, neither they nor their clients would have it any other way.

  • September 20, 2007

    FDA Updates Warning Labels On Blockbuster Drugs

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the findings of its first post-marketing review of of Novartis AG's Exjade, used to treat chronic iron overload in patients receiving regular blood transfusions, saying that the drug could pose serious risks of side effects.

  • September 20, 2007

    House Approves FDA Drug User Fee Legislation

    The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday that would give the Food and Drug Administration more oversight over prescription drugs, including the power to monitor drugs for dangerous side effects and require new warnings on remedies already out on the market.

  • September 19, 2007

    Chrysler, Honda Recall Half A Million Cars

    Chrysler LLC and Honda Motor Co. have recalled over half a million Sports Utility Vehicles and sedans they believe could have faulty breaks, wheels or door locks.

  • September 19, 2007

    Dole Recalls Poisoned Lettuce

    Dole Food Company Inc. has recalled bags of salad after discovering that they could be poisoned with the E. coli bacteria, triggering renewed fears almost a year after a major spinach recall.

  • September 19, 2007

    Judge Schedules Hearing On Dana Cleanup Costs

    A New York bankruptcy court judge has scheduled a hearing to determine how much Dana Corp. owes for the environmental cleanup of six sites, though the government hopes a district court will ultimately decide the final tally.