Product Liability

  • February 14, 2007

    Product Liability Litigation Trends: Energy

    Exxon Mobil Corp., the largest energy company in the world, is litigating more product liability suits than any of its peers, according to our survey of the 65 utility, gas and oil companies in the S&P 500.

  • February 13, 2007

    FDA Restricts Use Of Sanofi-Aventis Drug

    On the eve of a congressional hearing over drug safety, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration revealed label and usage changes for antibiotic Ketek.

  • February 15, 2007

    Number Of Suits Against Medtronic Spikes

    The number of product liability lawsuits filed over Medtronic Inc.’s allegedly faulty pacemaker defibrillators spiked in the last two months, with some plaintiffs encouraged by a judge's recent refusal to grant Medtronic summary judgment and others rushing to file before state statute of limitations expired.

  • February 12, 2007

    FDA, Cardinal Strike Deal On Defective Drug Pumps

    Cardinal Health 303 Inc. has agreed to correct defects in its medical infusion pumps, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration claims could cause patients to receive overly high drug doses.

  • February 12, 2007

    Sealed Documents Challenged In Zyprexa Case

    The fight over confidential documents in the Zyprexa product liability multidistrict litigation continued Monday when the judge denied a motion to allow documents about Eli Lilly & Co.’s marketing to become public.

  • February 8, 2007

    Medical Device Co. Pulls Endoscopes

    After repeated violations found during U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspections, medical device maker Custom Ultrasonics has agreed to stop selling two manufacturing devices that wash and disinfect endoscopes.

  • February 8, 2007

    Court Gives Final Approval To Oil Sludge Settlement

    A Louisiana state court judge gave final approval on Wednesday to a settlement that will allow millions of Toyota and Lexus owners to recoup damages caused by engine sludge.

  • February 7, 2007

    Judge Keeps Home Depot, Polar In Fire Suit

    A federal judge has refused to dismiss Home Depot and Polar Industries from a massive product liability lawsuit brought in the wake of a 2003 nightclub fire that killed 100 people and injured 200 more.

  • February 5, 2007

    Insurer Must Defend Sunoco In 76 Liability Cases

    An appeals court has ruled that Illinois National Insurance Co. must defend Sunoco Inc. in 76 lawsuits filed against the petroleum seller claiming that it is liable for a hazardous additive used in its gasoline.

  • February 2, 2007

    Avian Flu Vaccine Makers Exempt From Liability

    The Department of Health and Human Services has decided to extend protections against product liability lawsuits to makers of vaccines, drugs and other products designed to treat avian flu.

  • February 2, 2007

    Senators Propose Host Of Changes For Drug Industry

    Three laws were reintroduced in the U.S. Senate last week that would target improving drug safety for consumers and potentially usher in more stringent protocols for the pharmaceutical industry.

  • February 2, 2007

    Wyeth Notches Victory In Texas Prempro Suit

    A judge has tossed a case involving claims that Wyeth’s hormone replacement therapy Prempro caused a Texas woman’s breast cancer, marking the latest victory for the drug maker as it faces a slew of similar claims nationwide.

  • February 1, 2007

    Chevron Hit With Suit Over Gas Leak

    Energy giant Chevron was hit with a lawsuit just hours after a gas leak closed a highway and trapped hundreds of Louisianans in their homes on Tuesday.

  • January 31, 2007

    Energy Giants Conspired To Cheat Drivers: Suit

    Some of the world’s biggest energy companies face a potential class action by Kentucky residents over claims they shortchanged drivers at gas stations by failing to adhere to the standard gallon of fuel.

  • January 31, 2007

    Dr. Shielded From Wyeth’s Bid To Compel Info

    A federal judge has denied Wyeth’s bid to force a group of plaintiffs to turn over details of the methodology a doctor used when testifying about the possible link between the drug maker’s controversial hormone replacement drug Prempro and breast cancer.

  • January 30, 2007

    Punitive Damages To Proceed In Prempro Trial

    A day after a state jury in Philadelphia determined that Wyeth’s hormone replacement therapy Prempro caused an Arkansas woman’s breast cancer, a judge said there was insufficient evidence for the jury to find that the drug maker acted recklessly, but allowed the punitive damage phase of the trial to move forward.

  • January 30, 2007

    Judge Refuses To Toss Aredia Plaintiffs

    A judge has ruled against a motion to dismiss the cases of three plaintiffs in a class action against pharmaceutical company Novartis, after complaints by the drug maker that the trio had missed a court filing deadline.

  • January 30, 2007

    Court Endorses $330M Deal In Katrina Oil Spill

    A federal judge has approved a $330 million class action settlement between Murphy Oil USA Inc. and thousands of Louisiana residents who are angry over an oil tanker spill that leaked into their neighborhood during Hurricane Katrina.

  • January 30, 2007

    Pfizer's Painkiller Class Action Grows

    Complaints against drug manufacturer Pfizer over its now-shelved painkiller Bextra continue to grow, with yet another lawsuit this week joining the class action.

  • January 30, 2007

    Sony BMG Settles FTC Charges

    Sony BMG Music Entertainment has agreed to clearly advertise that its CDs contain anti-piracy software that limits copies and monitors user listening habits as part of an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission, the agency said Tuesday.