Product Liability

  • 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.

  • January 30, 2007

    France Drops Class Action Bill

    The French National Assembly will not debate a controversial proposal to introduce class action litigation in the country, after lawmakers removed the legislation from the Assembly’s schedule.

  • January 29, 2007

    Wyeth Suffers Setback In Prempro Trial

    A state jury in Philadelphia has determined that Wyeth’s hormone replacement therapy Prempro caused an Arkansas woman to suffer from breast cancer and ordered the pharmaceutical giant to shell out $1.5 million in compensation.

  • January 29, 2007

    GM Hauls Insurer To Court For Asbestos Claims

    Not content with a ruling it received in a Michigan court, General Motors Corp. took its case against Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Group to the Delaware Chancery Court on Friday, accusing the insurance company of trying to avoid paying over $500 million in asbestos claims.

  • January 29, 2007

    Merck Wins Stay In Colorado Vioxx Case

    A federal judge has decided to stay all proceedings in a case brought by the State of Colorado against Merck & Co. Inc. that alleges the drug maker fraudulently induced the state to purchase the drug Vioxx.

  • January 29, 2007

    Glaxo Refutes Claims It Hid Teen Suicide Link

    GlaxoSmithKline PLC launched a preemptive strike ahead of a BBC documentary set to air on Monday that claims the drug maker manipulated trial results of its antidepressant Seroxat and hid a link with teenage suicide.

  • January 26, 2007

    Bayer's Trasylol Woes Trigger First Liability Suit

    Boosting controversy over Bayer AG’s Trasylol product, a federal lawsuit has accused the German drug giant of concealing the results of a study that showed the bleeding-reduction drug could cause kidney failure.

  • January 29, 2007

    Class Action Attorneys Win Access To Contact Data

    The California Supreme Court has ruled that attorneys who file class actions over employment and product liability matters should be allowed better access to the contact information of individuals who may help strengthen their cases.

  • January 26, 2007

    Class Denied In Paxil Case

    Plaintiffs alleging that GlaxoSmithKline PLC knew about risks related to adolescents’ use of antidepressant Paxil, but failed to warn doctors and the public, were denied class certification Thursday.

  • January 23, 2007

    Canadian Court Gives Nod To Prepulsid Class Action

    The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has granted class action certification in a $100-million lawsuit that claims the acid reflux drug Prepulsid caused serious cardiac arrhythmias and several deaths.

  • January 23, 2007

    Bayer Shells Out More Over Baycol

    Bayer Corp. has agreed to pay $8 million to 30 states to settle allegations that the drug company failed to adequately warn consumers about the safety risks associated with recalled cholesterol-lowering drug Baycol.

  • January 23, 2007

    GM Loses Asbestos Claims Case To U.K. Insurer

    In a setback for General Motors Corp., a United States Court has dismissed a $900 million claim against insurance company Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Group Plc brought by the troubled auto company for asbestos-related damages.

  • January 24, 2007

    Attorney Destroyed Evidence In Fen-Phen Case

    One of the three Kentucky lawyers accused of siphoning off money from a $200 million settlement involving Wyeth’s diet drug combination fen-phen has admitted that he and his colleagues destroyed crucial evidence in the case.