A federal appeals court panel has reinstated a class action lawsuit that accuses Philip Morris USA Inc. of marketing “light” cigarettes that actually contain the same quantities of tar and nicotine as regular cigarettes.
Crowell & Moring LLP's torts practice believes in staving off high-profile litigation before it happens. But if it happens, the firm's attorneys aggressively handle every aspect of it, advising on public relations just as they seek early dismissals.
GlaxoSmithKline has moved to strike portions of the plaintiffs' expert witness testimony in discovery for a case alleging that the antidepressant Paxil caused the plaintiff's violent behavior and suicide attempt.
California lawmakers on Tuesday introduced the first legislation in the United States that would ban a controversial chemical in plastic baby toys that may cause liver diseases, mental disabilities and other deleterious effects.
U.S.-based toy maker Mattel Inc. issued its third voluntary recall in just over a month, blaming subcontractors for contaminating about 850,000 toys made in China with lead.
Pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. has moved for the dismissal of fraud claims in litigation over its controversial Mirapex, arguing plaintiffs' claims that it sought to intentionally deceive consumers about the drug's link to compulsive behavior were merely speculative.
British Petroleum PLC has settled a lawsuit filed by the two young sons of a contract worker who committed suicide shortly after the company's Texas oil refinery exploded in March 2005, a day before the case was set to go to trial.
Drug maker AstraZeneca LP has asked the court overseeing the multidistrict products liability case over its bipolar disorder treatment Seroquel to dismiss almost 100 more individual plaintiffs’ cases for failure to comply with a court order.
A new study backed by Pfizer Inc. suggests that patients switching from Pfizer's cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor to zimvastin, a generic version of Merck & Co.'s Zocor, are 30% more likely to die of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular problems.
An obsession with the art and craft of the courtroom helps the product liability practice group at Vinson & Elkins LLP stand out from the crowd.
As the U.S. style of litigating product liability cases stretches to Europe, Reed Smith LLP has expanded its pool of international attorneys so that it can better handle product liability cases on both continents.
Home Depot USA Inc. said Friday that a plaintiff in one of the many personal injury lawsuits against it did not use a ladder correctly, and was therefore responsible for the ladder's collapse.
Plaintiffs in the consolidated litigation over bone drugs Aredia and Zometa have slammed Novartis Pharmaceutical Corp.'s bid to break up their proposed classes as a veiled move for dismissal.
Cessna Aircraft Co. has denied allegations that it fraudulently made up figures regarding the performance of its model 208B aircraft in icing conditions which led to the deaths of several pilots, claiming that the figures were used for “illustrative purposes only.”
After an Ecuadorean judge was denied entry into a lab for the eighth time, Chevron Corp. on Friday accused the plaintiffs of trying to obstruct justice in a lawsuit alleging the oil company dumped toxic waste into the Amazon rain forest.
Trying to guard against attorneys being shortchanged, the magistrate judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation involving bone cancer drugs Aredia and Zometa has tentatively established a fund to ensure that the plaintiffs' counsel receive their proper dues.
An engineering and construction company owned by Osama bin Laden's family reiterated Friday that it had no connection to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and that a judge made the right decision to limit discovery in a case against it.
In a boost for Ford Motor Co., a federal appeals court has tossed out a ruling that would have given $52 million to the parents of a little boy killed more than a decade ago after a parking brake allegedly failed to hold, causing the Ford truck to crush the toddler.
A Florida appeals court revived a product liability suit over the weight-loss product Metab-O-LITE Wednesday, saying a motion to dismiss was filed too late.
Fishermen and other Alaskans who sued Exxon Mobil Corp. over the 1989 Valdez tanker spill have asked the Supreme Court to reinstate a $5 billion punitive damages award against the energy giant.