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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.