Product Liability

  • September 6, 2007

    Court Puffs New Life Into Cigarette Class Action

    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.

  • September 7, 2007

    Crowell & Moring

    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.

  • September 7, 2007

    Glaxo Seeks To Bar Testimony In Paxil Case

    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.

  • September 5, 2007

    Bill Banning Chemical In Baby Toys Heads To Governor

    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.

  • September 5, 2007

    Mattel Issues Another Recall Of Products From China

    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.

  • September 5, 2007

    Pfizer Moves To Toss Fraud Claims In Mirapex Case

    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.

  • September 5, 2007

    BP Settles Another Suit Over Refinery Blast

    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.

  • September 5, 2007

    AstraZeneca Seeks More Dismissals In Seroquel Case

    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.

  • September 6, 2007

    Switching Cholesterol Drugs May Be Fatal: Study

    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.

  • September 5, 2007

    Vinson & Elkins

    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.

  • September 6, 2007

    Reed Smith

    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.

  • September 4, 2007

    Home Depot Denies Negligence In Ladder Suit

    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.

  • September 4, 2007

    Novartis Motion Is Wolf In Sheep's Clothing: Plaintiffs

    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.

  • September 4, 2007

    Cessna Denies Fraud In "Illustrative" Icing Data

    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.”

  • September 4, 2007

    Chevron Alleges Obstruction Of Justice In Ecuador

    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.

  • September 4, 2007

    Judge Siphons Off Funds For Aredia Attorneys

    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.

  • September 4, 2007

    Saudi Binladin Group Denies Connection To 9/11

    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.

  • August 31, 2007

    Ford Dodges $52M Verdict Over Toddler Death

    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.

  • August 31, 2007

    Appeals Court Reinstates Ephedra Suit

    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.

  • August 31, 2007

    High Court Asked To Revive $5B Award In Exxon Suit

    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.