Product Liability

  • January 11, 2007

    Toyota Settles Suit Over Oil Sludge

    Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. has settled a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of millions of people whose cars may have been damaged by engine oil sludge.

  • January 10, 2007

    Medtronic Faces More Suits Over Pacemaker Recall

    Medical device maker Medtronic Inc. may have to pay health insurers for the cost of replacing thousands of recalled pacemaker defibrillators, after a Minnesota judge set the stage for the consolidated complaint brought by insurers to continue to trail.

  • January 8, 2007

    Judge Calls Merck Subpoena “Abusive And Arrogant”

    Merck & Co. Inc. and its lawyers have been chastised by a judge in the drug maker's dispute with the New England Journal of Medicine in the pending mass-tort litigation over the company’s former blockbuster drug Vioxx.

  • January 5, 2007

    Judge Eyes $330M Settlement For Murphy Oil

    A class action brought by Louisiana residents against Murphy Oil USA Inc., whose oil tanker spilled into the neighborhood during Hurricane Katrina, is likely to be settled for $330 million, a federal judge indicated.

  • January 4, 2007

    Eli Lilly Settles Zyprexa Claims

    Eli Lilly & Co. has reached settlements in about 18,000 claims that the company didn’t properly disclose that patients taking Zyprexa, the company’s schizophrenia drug, were at risk to develop diabetes and other disorders, the company said Thursday.

  • December 20, 2006

    Sony BMG Settles Piracy Cases

    Sony BMG has settled cases brought by prosecutors in California and Texas over the company’s failed anti-piracy technology intended to restrict the number of times a music CD could be copied.

  • December 19, 2006

    Deaths Prompt Warnings On Rituxan

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the drug makers are warning the public that two patients who have taken non-Hodgkins lymphoma and rheumatoid arthritis drug Rituxan have died from a rare nervous system disease.

  • December 18, 2006

    Eli Lilly Disputes New York Times Report

    Eli Lilly & Co. downplayed the risks of its schizophrenia and bipolar disorder drug Zyprexa while also encouraging doctors to prescribe the drug for patients that had neither condition, according to company marketing documents.

  • December 14, 2006

    Merck: Vioxx Litigation Strategy Is Working

    Merck & Co. Inc. has notched another win in a personal injury suit stemming form the use of the painkiller Vioxx, a development the company is touting as a vindication of its strategy to tackle thousands of Vioxx product liability claims individually. But an attorney for the plaintiff says it’s too early for Merck to be crowing.

  • December 13, 2006

    Jury Mulls Arguments In Latest Vioxx Trial

    A New Orleans jury in the twelfth civil trial over Merck & Co.’s ill-fated Vioxx headed into deliberations on Wednesday after lawyers representing the pharmaceutical giant called into question the credibility of a Tennessee man who had a heart attack in 2003 after taking the painkiller.

  • December 12, 2006

    Accusations Fly Over Contraceptive Patch

    The legal woes keep piling up for Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical Co. The manufacturer of the popular birth-control patch was back in court Tuesday to face a wrongful death lawsuit brought by a 26-year-old woman and a mass action brought on behalf of 55 women who claim the contraceptive caused blood clots and other serious illnesses.

  • December 7, 2006

    Johnson & Johnson Faces Stent Suit

    A Florida man has sued Johnson & Johnson for failing to alert him to the potential dangers of drug-coated stents, which are used to treat heart disease in angioplasties.

  • December 7, 2006

    Lawyers Eye Broad Impact From IPO Case

    A U.S. appeals court’s decision this week to unbundle class actions in litigation against top investment banks could have consequences for wide swaths of the law, lawyers agree.

  • December 4, 2006

    Paxil Caused Birth Defects, Lawsuit Claims

    Just a month after GlaxoSmithKline PLC agreed to pay $63.8 million to settle claims in a class action lawsuit over its antidepressant drug Paxil, the U.K. drug maker is facing another slew of lawsuits over birth defects allegedly caused by the drug.

  • December 1, 2006

    Sanofi-Aventis Continues To Face Trouble Over Ketek

    A Tennessee woman has sued Sanofi-Aventis alleging that her liver was damaged while she took the antibiotic Ketek, adding to the legal problems the company faces over the drug.

  • November 30, 2006

    Drug-Coated Stents Face Further Scrutiny

    With a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel set to examine drug-coated stents at an upcoming meeting, a report has shown that the devices increase the risk of life-threatening blood clots in patients with coronary artery disease by four or five times that of bare-metal stents.

  • November 29, 2006

    Court Refuses To Toss Claims Against Medtronic

    A federal judge in Minnesota has denied a motion for summary judgment by medical device maker Medtronic Inc., allowing hundreds of cases brought by personal injury claimants over Medtronic’s implantable cardiac defibrillators to move forward.

  • November 29, 2006

    Merck Downplayed Vioxx Risks, Doctor Testifies

    Merck & Co. told its salespeople not to tell doctors about a study by a Harvard Medical School professor that found that Vioxx increased the risk of heart attacks, a researcher testified Tuesday in a trial in New Orleans.

  • November 27, 2006

    Wyeth, Others Face New Hormone Replacement Suit

    A woman has filed a suit against Wyeth and other drug companies, claiming that her hormone replacement treatment caused her breast cancer.

  • November 27, 2006

    Judge Rules Vioxx Claims Should Be Tried Separately

    Pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co Inc. will not face a nationwide class action suit over wrongful death and personal injury claims stemming from the use of Merck’s blockbuster painkiller Vioxx, a federal judge in New Orleans has ruled.