Product Liability

  • March 12, 2007

    Jury Rules Vioxx Caused Heart Attack, Awards $47.5M

    A New Jersey jury ruled Monday that arthritis drug Vioxx contributed to the heart attack of an Idaho postal worker and ordered drug manufacturer Merck & Co. to pay $47.5 million.

  • March 8, 2007

    Judge Allows $8.7M Ruling In Vioxx Case To Stand

    Merck & Co. Inc. faced a setback in one of its Vioxx product liability disputes Monday when a Texas state court judge opted not to overturn an $8.7 million judgment issued against the company last year after a jury trial.

  • March 6, 2007

    Judge Declines To Overturn Vioxx Jury Verdict

    A federal judge has rejected a family’s bid to overturn a jury ruling that let Merck & Co. off the hook in one of the thousands of Vioxx suits Merck currently faces.

  • February 28, 2007

    C.R. Bard Hit With Antitrust, Product Liability Suits

    Health care products maker C.R. Bard Inc. has been hit with two putative class action lawsuits in federal courts, a personal injury suit and an antitrust suit.

  • February 27, 2007

    Japan To Probe Purported Tamiflu Child Suicides

    Japanese officials ordered an investigation on Tuesday into Tamiflu, a blockbuster antiviral drug that governments have been stockpiling against a possible influenza pandemic, after a boy on the medication jumped out of an 11-story building.

  • February 27, 2007

    Chevron, Others Sued Over Goodyear Worker's Death

    The family of a dead Goodyear worker is taking more than 100 companies to court over claims they knowingly exposed the workforce to toxic products without warning of the health hazards.

  • February 22, 2007

    Chevron Appeals $3.5M Award In Wrongful Death Suit

    Chevron has appealed a district court's $3.5 million award to a grieving mother who filed a wrongful death suit against the gas company when her daughter died after being lit on fire at one of the company's gas stations.

  • February 21, 2007

    Suits Pile Up Over Human Tissue

    A South Dakota couple has filed a lawsuit alleging the wife had blood tissue from a cadaver inserted in her during a spinal surgery, making her vulnerable to HIV, hepatitis and other infectious diseases.

  • February 21, 2007

    Supreme Court Remands Philip Morris Case

    Philip Morris USA’s due process rights were violated when a jury awarded $79.5 million to the estate of a deceased smoker, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in remanding the case back to an Oregon court.

  • February 21, 2007

    ADHD Drug Makers Must Warn Of Side Effects: FDA

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday ordered manufacturers of drugs prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to develop guides to alert patients of possible risks, including mental problems, heart problems and sudden death.

  • February 20, 2007

    Restless Leg Drug Triggers Gambling Habit: Suits

    Two Washington couples have sued Pfizer claiming the drug maker neglected to warn them of the link between treatment for restless legs and a sudden, compulsive urge to gamble.

  • February 20, 2007

    Wyeth Loses 2nd Prempro Trial; Jury Awards $3M

    Wyeth Pharmaceuticals has lost a second trial in Philadelphia over the controversial hormone replacement therapy, Prempro, with a jury awarding a breast cancer sufferer and her husband $3 million.

  • February 15, 2007

    Wyeth Garners Victory In Prempro Trial

    A federal jury has ruled in favor of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in the third case to go to trial over the company’s controversial hormone replacement drugs.

  • February 15, 2007

    Injunction Issued Over Zyprexa Leak

    A federal judge has granted a request by Eli Lilly & Co. to issue permanent injunctions against people who allegedly leaked information that led to a series of stories in the New York Times regarding the blockbuster drug Zyprexa.

  • February 14, 2007

    Product Liability Litigation Trends: Health Care

    Bogged down by thousands of claims over its anti-inflammatory drug Vioxx, Merck & Co. Inc. was involved in more product liability lawsuits last year than any other health care company, our survey of the 50 largest health care companies shows.

  • February 14, 2007

    Williams Bailey Ranked #1 In Product Liability Litigation

    Williams Bailey LLP has emerged as the most sought-after plaintiffs firm to represent clients in product liability cases last year, according to our survey of the largest U.S. law firms.

  • February 14, 2007

    Reed Smith Ranked #1 In Product Liability Defense

    When companies faced allegations of defective or harmful products, they most often turned to Reed Smith LLP to defend them in product liability lawsuits last year, according to our survey of the largest U.S. law firms.

  • 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.