Product Liability

  • February 29, 2008

    EPA, ChemCentral Settle Over Explosion

    ChemCentral Midwest Corp. has agreed to pay more than $375,000 to settle allegations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that an explosion and fire that destroyed the company's Kansas City, Mo., facility violated environmental and public health laws.

  • February 29, 2008

    Group Says Ruling Proves Thimerosal-Autism Link

    An autism advocacy group has hailed a ruling in favor of a child who regressed into autism after receiving several childhood vaccinations containing thimerosal, saying the case proves the mercury-based preservative may cause the developmental disorder in some children.

  • February 29, 2008

    Baxter Widens Recall As Blood-Thinner Deaths Mount

    Baxter International Inc. widened its heparin recall Thursday, seeking to remove virtually all of its heparin products from the market, after further reports of death and sickness were linked to the widely used blood thinner.

  • February 29, 2008

    Senators Push USDA To Step Up Meat Inspection

    U.S. senators are putting the heat on the Department of Agriculture to enforce tougher standards for meat inspection after a massive beef recall earlier this month prompted concerns about food safety and animal cruelty.

  • February 29, 2008

    Vytorin Class Actions Now Total 85: Merck

    Merck & Co. Inc. has revealed that about 85 civil lawsuits have been filed against the company and its marketing partner Schering-Plough Corp. since mid-January, claiming the drugmakers broke state consumer protection laws through the sale and marketing of cholesterol-lowering drugs Vytorin and Zetia.

  • February 29, 2008

    MDL Panel Chooses Venue For Contrast Agent Suits

    The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has designated the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio as the proper venue for the product liability suits that are continuing to trickle in against the makers of gadolinium-based injectable contrast agents.

  • February 28, 2008

    Supplement Tycoon Ordered To Forfeit $33M

    A federal jury on Tuesday ordered supplement tycoon Steve Warshak and his company to forfeit $33 million in cash and assets derived in part from sales of the Enzyte "male enhancement" product advertised on late-night television.

  • February 28, 2008

    Prosecution Can't Renege On Deal In Body Parts Case

    A move by prosecutors to revoke a plea deal made with Michael Mastromarino for his part in a grisly scheme involving body parts harvested from corpses was rebuked by a federal judge Wednesday, clearing the way for Mastromarino's plea on Monday.

  • February 28, 2008

    Study Links Anemia Drugs To Increased Mortality Risk

    A group of drugs used to treat anemia in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy has again been linked to a greater risk of blood clots and death, this time by a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

  • February 28, 2008

    Judge Shakes Head At Scruggs' Requests

    The federal district judge presiding over the bribery case involving Richard “Dickie” Scruggs has batted down a host of motions by the famed tort lawyer and the other defendants, paving the way for the case to continue proceeding to trial at the end of March.

  • February 29, 2008

    Ex-Exec Can Shield Info In Pfizer Whistleblower Spat

    In a whistleblower case over Pfizer Inc.’s alleged illegal marketing of human growth hormone Genotropin, a judge has denied Pfizer Inc.’s bid to force a former executive to turn over information as to whether he made adequate efforts to look for work after he was fired.

  • February 27, 2008

    Mitsubishi Ordered To Pay $11M In SUV Death Case

    A Florida state court jury ordered Mitsubishi Motors Corp. to pay $11 million to the parents of a 25-year-old man who died after being thrown through the window of a Mitsubishi sport utility vehicle in a 2004 crash.

  • February 27, 2008

    FDA Issues Warning Over Popular Denture Cleaners

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration posted a public health notification on its Web site Monday in response to 72 reports of sickness and one fatality related to the use of denture cleaners.

  • February 27, 2008

    Panel Refuses Chevron's Bid To Toss $2M Award

    An appeals court has shot down Chevron USA Inc.'s appeal of a $2.6 million award in a wrongful death suit filed by the mother of a woman who was set on fire at one of the company's gas stations.

  • February 28, 2008

    Sen. Grassley Seeks Info On Prodisc Researchers

    Concerned over reports of impropriety, a prominent Republican senator is reportedly demanding answers from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the maker of Prodisc over rumors that some doctors involved in the clinical research of the synthetic spinal disk stood to gain financially from the medication's success.

  • February 26, 2008

    DuPont Vows To Appeal $196M Pollution Ruling

    Lashing out at a circuit court's Monday decision upholding $196.2 million in punitive damages in a class action pollution case, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. said Tuesday it plans to appeal the ruling to West Virginia's highest court.

  • February 26, 2008

    Lilly Objects To Webcast Of Zyprexa Proceeding

    A company that provides streaming Web video of court proceedings has asked a judge for permission to film an upcoming status hearing in the multidistrict litigation over Zyprexa, but the maker of the drug has objected to the request.

  • February 26, 2008

    Study Advises Tweaking Toxicity Rules For Nanotech

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may need to amend its regulations on toxicity reporting to address the unique characteristics of nanomaterials, a new study says.

  • February 26, 2008

    Jury Finds Wyeth Culpable In Hormone Lawsuit

    A federal jury has ordered Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc. to hand over $2.75 million to an Arkansas woman who accused the drugmaker of failing to warn of the increased cancer risk associated with its hormone replacement therapy.

  • February 27, 2008

    Execs Promise Safer Food To Skeptical Lawmakers

    Top executives of companies responsible for recent food recalls told a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on Tuesday that they were taking steps to make their food safer, as lawmakers accused them of not being proactive enough.