Under scrutiny from Congress, Pfizer Inc. said Monday it is withdrawing the Lipitor commercials that center on Dr. Robert Jarvik, who invented an artificial heart but is not licensed to practice medicine.
The Food and Drug Administration may soon have more money to investigate claims made in drug ads, but the source of that money will likely face a spirited debate in Congress.
A federal judge granted class action status on Friday to a suit against Microsoft over the technology giant's marketing campaign for its Vista operating system.
Despite 2007's surge in product recalls of goods imported from China, and the dramatic news stories that accompanied them, the net economic effect on some of the companies involved has been insignificant, according to a new study.
Asbestos plaintiffs and insurance companies in Federal-Mogul Global Inc.'s bankruptcy case are clashing over whether a recent appellate court decision should prompt the rejection of an asbestos settlement plan.
The product liability litigation centered on hearing losses that could result from the use of Bluetooth headsets and phone companies' failure to warn of these risks may soon come to a close, with the parties saying Thursday that they are edging toward a settlement.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey can only collect insurance for damage done to one World Trade Center building and to the train station below, not for parts of the property that were covered by other insurance policies, a district court judge has ruled.
The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday that it will not hear a case against St. Jude Medical SC over its allegedly defective artificial heart valve, letting stand a state court’s decision to toss the case according the doctrine of regulatory preemption.
A federal judge denied a request Thursday that the court reject a plea agreement by BP in a criminal trial connected to a 2005 blast at a Texas City, Texas, refinery that killed 15 and injured 170.
In a blow to Whirlpool Corp., a federal judge has shot down the company's bid to dismiss most of the claims against it in a product liability suit alleging that certain refrigerator models had faulty temperature controls that caused food to spoil.
Attorneys and justices grappled Monday with the question of whether federal regulation of pharmaceuticals effectively immunizes drug companies from liability under state law claims, as the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Warner Lambert v. Kent.
At the end of this Supreme Court term, the terrain of product liability litigation is likely to have shifted significantly, as the high court tackles the question of whether government regulation can effectively shield manufacturers from state tort claims.
The U.S. Supreme Court pondered setting a ratio limit for punitive damage awards as it heard oral arguments Wednesday over a $2.5 billion award against ExxonMobil Corp. for damages caused by the 1989 Exxon Valdez tanker spill.
Asarco LLC has asked the court overseeing its Chapter 11 to approve two settlement agreements that would resolve claims from the state of Washington, the state of Montana and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in exchange for more than $46 million in allowed general unsecured claims.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has slapped two fruit concentrate suppliers with a permanent injunction, attempting to thwart them from wrongly proclaiming that their cherry-derived products help fight diabetes.
A patient whose artificial spinal disk malfunctioned is broadening his product liability lawsuit against Synthes Spine Inc., which manufactures and markets the disk, adding as defendants the device's original maker and the investment firm that generated the start-up capital to finance the product's development.
A federal judge has allowed the “hot fuel” multidistrict litigation, pitting consumers in more than two dozen states against defendants including several major oil companies, to proceed. The decision keeps open the prospect of a potential class action alleging that gas prices at the pump are unlawfully elevated when the fuel's temperature goes above the standard of 60 degrees.
A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of more than a dozen lawsuits brought against chemical companies over the use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.
Claimants for property and personal injury damages connected to toxic Asarco LLC sites will now receive $27.9 million, after a bankruptcy judge signed off on the troubled mining company's settlement deals on Wednesday.
After taking a closer look at the Supreme Court’s ruling in Riegel v. Medtronic, product liability lawyers are saying the decision is not as big of a win for medical device makers as reported and is only going to preempt a small group of lawsuits.