Product Liability

  • September 4, 2007

    Judge Returns MTBE Case To New Hampshire

    Ending a long-running feud over jurisdiction, the case brought by New Hampshire's attorney general against oil companies over alleged water contamination has been remanded back to state court from the federal home of the massive multidistrict litigation.

  • August 30, 2007

    Court Keeps Award For Meth-Using Trucker's Widow

    A federal appeals court panel has upheld a multimillion dollar damages award to the widow of a trucker who took methamphetamine, crashed his Freightliner LLC vehicle and then couldn't escape the ensuing fire.

  • August 30, 2007

    Judge Chides Feds For Not Revealing Bill-Padding

    The bankruptcy judge for W.R. Grace & Co. on Wednesday criticized federal prosecutors for not alerting her to allegations that accounting firm L. Tersigni Consulting PC was illegally padding bills while advising asbestos claimants in large Chapter 11 cases.

  • August 30, 2007

    Popcorn Maker Removes Diacetyl From Flavor Mix

    Popcorn maker Weaver Popcorn Company, Inc. has decided remove a chemical from the butter flavoring on its Pop Weaver brand microwave popcorn because it has been cited as a possible health hazard for plant workers exposed to it.

  • August 30, 2007

    AGs Strike $16M Deal In Guidant Defibrillator Case

    Guidant Corp. on Thursday agreed to shell out $16.75 million to bury a lawsuit filed by 36 state attorneys general who accused the medical device maker of continuing to sell implantable heart defibrillators even after it discovered they were prone to short circuiting.

  • August 31, 2007

    Whistle-blower Suit Over Pfizer's Lipitor Unsealed

    The U.S. government has declined to intervene in a whistle-blower case brought by a former medical director at Pfizer Inc. who accused the drug giant of promoting off-label uses for its cholesterol-lowering medicine Lipitor, prompting a federal judge to order that the complaint be unsealed.

  • August 29, 2007

    Senate Announces Investigation Of China Imports

    In response to a slew of large recalls of toys tainted with lead and posing other dangers, a U.S. Senate committee has launched an investigation to determine whether the country's safety standards for toys are strong enough.

  • August 29, 2007

    Women Drop Claims Against Pharmas Over DES

    Several women have dropped claims against affiliates of drugmakers GlaxoSmithKline plc, Sanofi-Aventis and Pfizer Inc. that a miscarriage prevention drug caused them to develop or be at higher risk for cancer, infertility and pregnancy complications.

  • August 29, 2007

    Seroquel Judge Sets Homework For AstraZeneca

    The judge overseeing product liability litigation against AstraZeneca's blockbuster Seroquel will not consider calls to dismiss certain strict liability claims from the consolidated cases until the pharmaceutical giant offers up a detailed argument.

  • August 29, 2007

    Lawmakers Mull Bill To Curb Unsafe Chinese Imports

    Two U.S. lawmakers are reportedly set to introduce legislation to address mounting concerns over product safety standards for Chinese imports following a rash of recalls in recent months.

  • August 29, 2007

    After Multiple Heelys Injuries, Shareholders File Suit

    Shareholders of wheeled sneaker maker Heelys Inc. sued the company Monday, accusing it of failing to inform the public of the shoes' inherent dangers in its initial public stock offering in December 2006.

  • September 4, 2007

    Steptoe & Johnson

    Steptoe & Johnson LLC's mass torts practice group has maintained its poise in the fast-changing mass torts landscape, populated by ever larger cases, filed in an array of forums, and resulting in ever larger rewards.

  • August 30, 2007

    Counts Washed Away In Sears Washing Machine Suit

    In a boost to Sears Roebuck and Co., a federal judge has tossed several counts in a complaint brought by consumers alleging the retail giant's Kenmore washing machines were defective.

  • August 28, 2007

    Aredia Patients Push For Dental Monitoring Class

    Seeking to open another front in the war against Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., a second group of plaintiffs has asked to be certified as a class in the Aredia and Zometa product liability litigation. These plaintiffs, who might be at risk, want to be monitored for the jaw deterioration the drugs allegedly cause.

  • August 28, 2007

    Judge Tosses More Plaintiffs From Celebrex Case

    Yet more plaintiffs have been dismissed from the massive product liability litigation over pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc.'s controversial anti-inflammatory drugs Bextra and Celebrex.

  • August 28, 2007

    GM Denies Liability For Chevrolet Roll Over

    Defending negligence claims by a Texas man injured in a car accident, auto giant General Motors Corp. has denied that its Chevrolet SSR is defective or unreasonably dangerous.

  • August 28, 2007

    Case Against Chevron Continues To Fall Apart

    A lawsuit that accuses Chevron Corp. of causing cancer by illegally dumping toxic waste in the Ecuadorian rainforest took another hit Monday when two more plaintiffs were dropped from the case, leaving only two of the nine original litigants.

  • August 29, 2007

    Jenner & Block

    For Jenner & Block LLP, defending its clients in product liability and mass tort lawsuits often entails mastering the scientific concepts at the center of the allegations.

  • August 31, 2007

    Nixon Peabody

    What makes a top company pick up the phone and call on the product liability practice group at Nixon Peabody LLP when it's got an important issue to deal with? According to Joseph Ortego, the firm's national practice group leader, the reason is simple: a high success rate at trial.

  • August 28, 2007

    Judge Signs Off On $449M Asbestos Deal

    A federal judge has approved a $449 million asbestos-related settlement between bankrupt insulation contractor ACandS Inc. and its insurance company, Travelers Cos., paving the way for ACandS' eventual emergence from Chapter 11.