An Illinois federal judge refused Monday to strike a U.K. professor's testimony about antidepressant Paxil's alleged link to adult suicide, saying GlaxoSmithKline PLC will get the chance to rebut the professor’s assertions during the trial over a Reed Smith LLP partner’s death.
The Pittsburgh Corning Corp.’s asbestos injury trust has asked a Pennsylvania federal court to reopen the company’s Chapter 11 case to deal with $9 billion in potential new asbestos injury claims.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday awarded a $100 million grant to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, aimed at upgrading Flint’s drinking water infrastructure in the wake of its lead-tainted water crisis, which became a national scandal in 2015.
A California federal judge on Monday denied a winemaker's bid to strike “redundant” portions of the federal government’s environmental justice suit alleging Clean Air Act violations and other claims in connection with a worker’s 2012 death from anhydrous ammonia exposure, saying the laws and regulations complement each other.
Citgo continued Friday to urge the Fifth Circuit to undo an $81 million fine stemming from a 2006 oil spill, saying that the federal government cannot explain away a lower court's flaws in determining how much economic benefit the company received from its violation that led to the spill.
Former NFL stars Joe Horn and Chris McAlister, who had opted out of the NFL's uncapped concussion litigation settlement to continue to push their claims, have rejoined the sprawling class, according to a stipulation and order filed Monday.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday said it’s pushing back the implementation of a rule pertaining to the circumstances under which tobacco products can be regulated as medical products until March 2018, after receiving criticism from pharmaceutical organizations backed by Ropes & Gray LLP and Sidley Austin LLP.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Sunday announced a recall of nearly 37 tons of beef produced by a Texas-based company after state inspectors found that a sample tested positive for a rare strain of E. coli.
Dietary supplement manufacturer PhD Fitness LLC was slapped Friday with a putative class action in South Carolina federal court alleging it sold deceptively labeled sport supplements at Bodybuilding.com and vitamin chain GNC that didn’t mention the products’ use of sodium or accurately provide ingredient dosages.
A consumer has hit back at ConAgra Foods’ bid to dismiss the remains of a proposed class action over trans fats in Fleischmann's margarine, arguing that a federal judge has jurisdiction over the case even after class certification was denied.
Harleysville Preferred Insurance Co. on Friday asked the Second Circuit to affirm a lower court's ruling that it doesn't have to defend an electrical contractor and two transportation authorities in litigation over the death of a worker crushed by a battery, contending that a policy exclusion for injuries tied to use of mechanical devices bars coverage.
The Eleventh Circuit on Monday affirmed an Occupational Safety and Health Administration fine of $70,000 against a film production company for the death of a camera assistant hit by a train during shooting for an Allman Brothers Band biopic, saying the outfit knew it was putting employees in harm’s way.
A federal jury deliberating right now in the racketeering murder trial over a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak linked to a Massachusetts drug compounder will have to decide whether its head pharmacist had the intent to defraud or mislead — or else must acquit the defendant on some counts.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently told health care providers that there’s an increased rate of major cardiac events seen in patients treated with an Abbott Inc. medical device implanted during heart surgery, telling providers to be sure to follow recommendations for its implantation.
The judge overseeing the Deepwater Horizon multidistrict litigation ruled Friday that plaintiffs whose pursuit of economic damages from the oil spill and resulting federal moratorium on Gulf of Mexico drilling were put on hold could opt out of a global settlement and bring their claims in court.
A lawsuit by a NASCAR fan injured by flying debris from a 12-car crash at Daytona International Speedway came to an end Monday as a Florida federal judge issued a final dismissal of the case following a settlement reached last month.
Investors claiming Fiat Chrysler inflated its stock price by using illegal software to cheat on emissions tests and otherwise dodging safety and emissions regulations asked a New York federal judge on Friday to certify a proposed class represented by Pomerantz LLP and The Rosen Law Firm PA.
Tempur-Sealy International Inc. on Monday urged the Ninth Circuit to affirm a lower court's ruling that a unit of The Hartford must cover its costs to defend against a proposed class action alleging that the mattress company lied in marketing materials, contending that the underlying complaint seeks potentially covered damages.
An Illinois federal judge on Thursday granted certification to a class of consumers alleging treadmill maker Precor Inc. sold them products with defective heart rate monitors on the issue of liability, but found that certification should be withheld on the issue of damages.
Two engineering firms have asked the Supreme Court to review a Sixth Circuit decision holding that lawsuits brought against them by Flint, Michigan, residents over the city’s water contamination crisis could go ahead in state court under the local controversy exception to the Class Action Fairness Act, saying it loosens class action pleading standards in direct conflict with six other circuit courts.
The best outside counsel think like the client. That includes understanding the client’s perspectives and goals with regard to reaching a settlement — because “good results” mean different things for different clients. Outside counsel must ask themselves the right questions, and know the answers, to shape a client-focused settlement strategy, say Kate Jackson of Cummins Inc. and Patrick Reilly of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.
California's recently enacted youth sports concussion law significantly expands the scope of the pre-existing “return to play” law, which only applied in the scholastic setting — as is the case in most other jurisdictions throughout the country. Expect to see similar expansions in other states, say Anne Marie Ellis and Paul Alarcon of Buchalter.
The confirmation hearing for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is scheduled for March 20. A month later, the high court will hear arguments in Bristol-Myers Squibb Company v. Superior Court of San Francisco County. Gorsuch’s Tenth Circuit record offers surprising insights into how he might rule on this and related matters, say Jan Dodd and Lesley Holmes of Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP.
When associates contemplate a potential lateral move, there is a common misconception that all law firms are the same. It may seem that one law firm is just like the next, but if you dig deeper, you may discover unique attributes at some firms that may be more appealing and improve your professional satisfaction significantly, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.
Nerves were high on the day of the trial. While technically client interests were not at stake, our reputations were still on the line. We were not only presenting our case in front of our newly acquainted colleagues, but also for partners at our firm, expert witnesses, federal judges and in-house counsel — potential employers and clients, say attorneys with Dentons, sharing their recent mock trial experience.
A recent ruling in the Camp Lejeune North Carolina Water Contamination Litigation shows how multidistrict litigation venue selection can have major consequences when jurisdiction is based on a federal question. Lawyers must note that a transferee court will apply its own circuit’s law, even in defiance of local interpretation of local law in a transferor venue, say Eric Klein and Graham Zorn of Beveridge & Diamond PC.
The U.S. House of Representatives currently has before it a bill — H.R. 985 — intended to reduce abusive class action and mass tort practices that undermine the integrity of the legal system. Class action litigation does need reform, but some features of this legislation could perpetuate existing problems and create new ones, say Anthony Anscombe and Mary Beth Buckley of Sedgwick LLP.
There are no uniform standards to ensure cannabis is produced and processed in a way that protects consumer health and safety. State regulators in Colorado, California and elsewhere have tried to fill the gap, but this patchwork approach is far from perfect. ASTM International's newly announced plan for cannabis industry standards could be beneficial, say James Ravitz and Emily Leongini of Arent Fox LLP.
2016 may have been the Year of the Monkey, but Chinese authorities were not monkeying around with the food industry, as they tightened the regulatory reins on China's food safety management system. As the Year of the Rooster begins, multinational firms doing business in China must understand the country's new and revised food laws and regulations, say attorneys and staff at Keller & Heckman LLP.
A recent survey found that nearly two-thirds of Am Law 200 firms are now using data analytics, compared to only about a tenth of regional and boutique firms. Yet the exploding market for data analytics technology in business is making these productivity tools available for any size matter or firm, say Christopher Paskach of The Claro Group and Douglas Johnston Jr. of Five Management LLC.