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Product Liability

  • December 7, 2018

    Attys Get $503M In Fees For Syngenta GMO Corn Settlement

    A Kansas federal judge gave final approval Friday to Syngenta AG's $1.5 billion deal to resolve claims filed on behalf of 650,000 corn producers over the agricultural giant's genetically modified corn seed, a deal that handed class counsel a $503 million cut.

  • December 7, 2018

    Deal Spurs Toss Of $2.9M Verdict Over GM Gear Shifts

    A Connecticut federal judge on Friday said she would vacate a verdict on appeal to the Second Circuit that awarded $2.88 million to the family of an 8-year-old girl killed when a Chevrolet Suburban shifted out of park, since General Motors and the family have settled.

  • December 7, 2018

    Amazon Cuts Deal With Calif. DAs Banning Foie Gras Sales

    Amazon.com Inc. has agreed to pay approximately $100,000 to resolve allegations brought by California district attorneys that it violated a state consumer protection statute by selling force-fed foie gras online, Los Angeles and Monterey counties said Friday.

  • December 7, 2018

    VW Tells 9th Circ. Counties' Emissions Claims Preempted

    Volkswagen AG has told the Ninth Circuit that counties in Florida and Utah cannot revive their claims the German automaker violated local rules by tampering with emissions software in certain diesel vehicles, insisting they’re preempted by the Clean Air Act.

  • December 7, 2018

    NJ Justices To Review $6.3M Jury Award For Kia Brake Class

    The New Jersey Supreme Court will consider whether a jury properly calculated damages when it awarded $6.3 million to a class of Kia Motor Corp. customers who sued the company over claims certain models had defective front brakes, the court said in an order made public Friday.

  • December 7, 2018

    Ohio Mineral Owners Say Oil & Gas Drillers Dug Too Deep

    A group of mineral owners has filed a proposed class action in Ohio federal court that alleges an ExxonMobil unit and other companies drilled in an area they had no permission to access.

  • December 7, 2018

    Medical Device Co. Can't Duck Philly Mass Tort Jurisdiction

    A Pennsylvania judge has said he will continue to allow out-of-state residents to pursue claims against a Canadian medical device manufacturer as part of a mass tort program in Philadelphia County court over allegedly defective vein filters.

  • December 7, 2018

    Cook Medical Slashes 3rd Bellwether Suit In Vein Filter MDL

    An Indiana judge has granted Cook Medical Inc. summary judgment on most counts in the third bellwether case in multidistrict litigation alleging the company's vein filters injured patients, ruling that the physician who implanted the filter was aware of the risks and would not have treated his patient differently even after learning of her subsequent injuries.

  • December 7, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Morgan Lewis' J. Kyle Poe

    Morgan Lewis' J. Kyle Poe, a self-proclaimed "elder millennial," created a client management platform to streamline the firm's work in asbestos litigation that is now used across practice areas, making the firm's business more efficient and upping its ability to attract clients through innovative fee arrangements, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 7, 2018

    Trump Picks Kirkland's William Barr For AG

    President Donald Trump named Kirkland & Ellis LLP attorney William Barr as his pick to replace former Attorney General Jeff Sessions Friday, setting Barr up to reprise the role he served under late President George H.W. Bush.

  • December 6, 2018

    Fla. Justices Stand By Ruling On Expert Testimony Standard

    The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday denied R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Crane Co.’s bids for a do-over of a closely watched October ruling in which it reinstated an $8 million verdict against the pair and refused to adopt stricter federal standards for the admittance of expert testimony.

  • December 6, 2018

    Young Climate Fight Warriors Want Pretrial Process To Move

    The young plaintiffs who are accusing the federal government of acting to make climate change worse asked a Washington federal judge to revise her prior order staying the case and let pretrial proceedings including discovery move forward.

  • December 6, 2018

    Consumers Get $73M In Latest Auto Parts MDL Settlement

    A handful of auto parts manufacturers agreed on Thursday to pay roughly $73 million to settle claims that they colluded to fix prices, in a sprawling multidistrict litigation that grew out of a U.S. Department of Justice antitrust probe.

  • December 6, 2018

    'Opioid Babies' Denied MDL Separate From Ohio Gov't Suits

    The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Thursday denied a request from plaintiffs representing "opioid babies" — infants of mothers who were addicted to prescription drugs — to separate their suits into a distinct multidistrict litigation, ruling that their unique damages don’t outweigh the inconvenience caused by such a separation.

  • December 6, 2018

    RJR Smoker's Damages Award Can't Be Reduced, Court Says

    A Florida state appeals court found Wednesday that a trial court erred in reducing a longtime smoker's damages award against R.J. Reynolds by factoring in her own role in developing lung disease, concluding that the state Supreme Court has since determined that damages for intentional torts in such cases can't be reduced by comparative fault.

  • December 6, 2018

    Hyundai Drivers Seek Class Cert. In Sonata Brake Defect Suit

    Consumers asked a New York federal judge Wednesday to certify their proposed class action alleging Hyundai Motor America knowingly sold Sonata sedans with defective brakes, saying they were subjected to the same Hyundai misrepresentations and warranties so pursuing their claims as a class is warranted.

  • December 6, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Ogletree's Evan Moses

    Ogletree's Evan Moses uses unconventional strategies to boost the firepower of his class action practice, including a homegrown Monte Carlo algorithm, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 5, 2018

    PG&E Caused Worst Fire In Calif. History, Suit Says

    Pacific Gas & Electric on Wednesday was hit with a proposed class action in California state court alleging that it knew its electrical infrastructure was old and unsafe and that it caused the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in the Golden State’s history.

  • December 5, 2018

    Texas Says Opioid MDL Won't Let It Stop Deceptive Marketing

    Texas has asked the state's multidistrict litigation panel to reconsider consolidating its lawsuit with others against Purdue Pharma LP over opioid abuse, arguing the company has been able to use the MDL process to avoid Texas' attempt to bar it from alleged ongoing deceptive marketing.

  • December 5, 2018

    St. Regis Response To Foul Odor Fails Smell Test, Owner Says

    Something other than the sea breeze is in the air in an oceanfront penthouse at the St. Regis Condominium and Hotel in Bal Harbour, Florida, and the response by Marriott and property owner Seldar Holding stinks, the unit's owner claims in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in state court in Miami.

Expert Analysis

  • Calif. Ruling Dings Engagement Letter Arbitration Clauses

    Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer

    The California Supreme Court's recent decision in Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing has cast doubt on arbitration clauses in attorney engagement agreements, jeopardizing the efficient resolution of malpractice claims and fee disputes, say Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer and Mark Drooks of Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks Lincenberg & Rhow PC.

  • Prop 65 Compliance Gets More Complicated

    Anne Marie Ellis

    Recent amendments to California's Proposition 65 changed the nature and content of chemical exposure warnings required for many products, substances and locations. Meanwhile, the plaintiffs bar is stepping up its attempts to target Prop 65 violators, says Anne Marie Ellis of Buchalter PC.

  • 10 Things We Wish We Were Told When Going In-House

    Dana Lee

    Attorneys at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Perkins Coie LLP and the Healthcare Association of New York State reflect on lessons they learned the hard way when transitioning to in-house counsel positions.

  • The Virtual Law Team: Advantages For Litigants And Lawyers

    Jessica Cox

    The virtual law team was created as a necessary response to mass tort litigation — however, with advances in technology and ever-increasing specialization of the legal practice, the model should be considered in multiplaintiff litigation of any size, say attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Autonomous Vehicles And UK Product Liability Law: Part 2

    Michaela Herron

    With autonomous vehicles expected to hit the streets of the United Kingdom soon, manufacturers, insurers and their legal counsel face the challenge of determining how the U.K.'s product liability laws will be applied to questions of negligence, evidence and contracts raised by self-driving vehicles, says Michaela Herron of Bristows LLP.

  • Emerging Cybersecurity Threats In The Legal Industry

    Michael Hall

    Predicting how the cybersecurity landscape will develop is critical for any organization wanting to mitigate the risk of the inevitable future attack. Michael Hall of HighQ Solutions Ltd. discusses five threats to look out for in the next 12 months.

  • Autonomous Vehicles And UK Product Liability Law: Part 1

    Michaela Herron

    Autonomous vehicles present a number of challenges to the United Kingdom's product liability legal framework, especially with regard to the vehicles' heavy reliance on software, consumers' expectations of safety and the need for compliance with varying local traffic rules, says Michaela Herron of Bristows LLP.

  • Rise Of The CMOs

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    Joshua Peck, incoming marketing director of Hill Wallack LLP, traces the evolution of the chief marketing officer position at law firms and shares insights from three legal marketing pioneers.

  • Florida Supreme Court Says Frye Is 'Still The One'

    Avery Dial

    In DeLisle v. Crane Co., the Florida Supreme Court recently declared that the Daubert amendment to the Florida Evidence Code infringed on the court's rule-making authority. The court thus signaled that its continued embrace of the Frye standard is thoughtful rather than antiquated, says Avery Dial of Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

    Katie DeBord

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.