Product Liability

  • February 21, 2008

    Kennedy, Waxman Vow To Intercept Medtronic Ruling

    Top Democrats on Capitol Hill have promised to legislate against the U.S. Supreme Court's decision Wednesday that a medical device company cannot be sued under state law if a device that has undergone the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's premarket approval process causes an injury.

  • February 21, 2008

    Supreme Court Won't Hear Katrina Insurance Case

    New Orleans homeowners whose insurance companies refused to pay for damage caused by levee breaches during Hurricane Katrina won't have their cases reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court, though a Louisiana state court will take up the matter next week.

  • February 21, 2008

    Trasylol Study Results Prove Damning For Bayer

    The blows keep on coming for Bayer AG, with the full study on the pharmaceutical giant's blood-clotting drug Trasylol lending more weight to preliminary conclusions that the medication leads to kidney failure and an increased chance of death.

  • February 22, 2008

    Lawmakers Demand Answers Over Heparin

    A pair of U.S. congressmen is looking for answers from the chief executive of Baxter International, hoping to get to the bottom of the growing controversy surrounding the blood-thinning drug heparin that has recently been tied to four deaths and hundreds of adverse reactions.

  • February 21, 2008

    BP Blast Impacts Residents' Health Views: Study

    Residents who live near the site of BP Plc's Texas City, Texas, refinery say their health has declined since the 2005 blast that killed 15 employees and injured more than 170, according to a new study from the University of Texas.

  • February 21, 2008

    NYC To Shell Out $6.5M To Ferry Crash Victim

    A man who lost his leg in the 2003 Staten Island Ferry crash is reportedly set to receive a $6.5 million settlement to compensate him for his personal injury claims, marking New York City's latest payout to those who were harmed in the accident.

  • February 21, 2008

    Mining Company Still On The Hook For Collapse

    A Pennsylvania state judge has given his blessing to eight miners seeking to press forward with their case against PBS Coals, more than five years after the group became temporarily trapped underground when a mineshaft run by the company flooded.

  • February 21, 2008

    Welding Fume Judge Denies Bid To Seal Payments

    A judge has refused to reconsider her order calling for the full disclosure of compensation paid to authors of medical studies cited by expert witnesses in the bellwether multidistrict welding fume trials.

  • February 21, 2008

    Lott's Conduct Comes Under Scrutiny

    Federal investigators are reportedly taking a hard look at former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott in an attempt to determine whether he played a role in the bribery scandal currently engulfing his brother-in-law, famed tort lawyer Richard “Dickie” Scruggs.

  • February 20, 2008

    Judge Cuts $134M Verdict In Wyeth Hormone Trial

    A Nevada state judge has slashed a $134 million verdict awarded to three breast cancer sufferers in a trial over Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s controversial hormone replacement pills because of concerns that the jury was influenced by “passion and prejudice.”

  • February 20, 2008

    Judge Approves Congoleum's Disclosure Statement

    A bankruptcy judge has approved Congoleum Corp.'s disclosure statement, setting the stage for possible approval of the flooring company's reorganization plan later this year.

  • February 20, 2008

    Once On Cutting Edge, Sharper Image Files For Ch. 11

    Sharper Image, the high-end home-gadgetry store and catalog retailer, has filed for bankruptcy protection and intends to shut down 90 of its stores as part of a restructuring agreement. A major factor in the company's crisis was a slew of class actions alleging that its signature product, the Ionic Breeze air purifier, did more harm than good.

  • February 20, 2008

    French Prosecutor To Appeal Queen Mary 2 Verdict

    Outraged by the court's decision to let eight employees off the hook on manslaughter charges, a French prosecutor has reportedly decided to appeal the ruling in a case involving a shipyard accident on the gangway of luxury ocean liner Queen Mary 2 that killed 16 people and injured more than two dozen others.

  • February 20, 2008

    Sears Turns Down Heat On Stove Dispute

    Sears Holdings Corp. has opted to settle a class action over stoves that allegedly have a tendency to tip over by agreeing to implement safety brackets on the disputed appliances found in millions of homes.

  • February 20, 2008

    High Court Limits Device Liability With Medtronic

    In a big win for the medical device industry, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 Wednesday that a company cannot be sued under state law if a device that has undergone the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's premarket approval process causes an injury.

  • February 20, 2008

    Judge Refuses To Ditch Scruggs Bribery Charges

    A Mississippi federal judge has reportedly refused to dismiss claims that famed tort lawyer Richard “Dickie” Scruggs and two of his colleagues tried to bribe a state judge to get a bigger slice of a Hurricane Katrina lawsuit settlement.

  • February 20, 2008

    Merck Appealing Canadian OK Of Vioxx Class Action

    The Canadian subsidiary of Merck & Co. Inc. will appeal a decision by the Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench to certify class proceedings in a Vioxx lawsuit, according to a statement on the Merck Frosst Canada Ltd. Web site Wednesday.

  • February 20, 2008

    Plan Gives Trust Too Much Power: ACandS Creditor

    Arguing that a current incarnation of bankrupt insulation-maker ACandS Inc.'s reorganization plan would allow asbestos plaintiffs to play with the tort system, creditor Owens-Illinois Inc. on Tuesday asked the court to reject the plan as currently written.

  • February 20, 2008

    CBS Concludes Drawn-Out Superfund Dispute

    CBS Corp. will pay $31.35 million toward the cleanup of six Superfund sites in and around Bloomington, Ind., bringing to a close the decades-long dispute over hazardous polychlorinated biphenyl contamination for which a CBS predecessor company was allegedly liable.

  • February 19, 2008

    Blast Victims Lobby To Boost BP’s Fine By Billions

    Victims of the 2005 explosion at BP PLC's Texas City, Texas, refinery are pushing to increase the oil giant’s current $50 million agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, arguing that the fine should fall in the range of $400 million to $3.2 billion.