A Florida jury on Tuesday rejected allegations that a Ford Mustang’s air bags were to blame for a single car crash that killed two men, finding for Ford hours after the automaker argued the driver’s decision to drive drunk was to blame for the accident.
In closing arguments Tuesday in a federal bellwether trial against General Motors over allegedly defective ignition switches, an Arizona driver argued that the trial itself has been part and parcel of a cover-up and "concealment" strategy that GM faithfully follows to this day.
A Florida jury on Tuesday found that a longtime smoker and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. were equally to blame for the lung cancer that ultimately caused her death, holding R.J. Reynolds is only partially responsible for a $1.65 million damages award.
A former BP executive on Monday asked a Texas federal judge presiding over multidistrict litigation related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to rethink his decision allowing investors to proceed with claims based on a 2007 statement the executive made about the status of a fiber-optic network project in the Gulf of Mexico.
An investor representing Halliburton Co. shareholders in a $100 million settlement with the company over its asbestos liability disclosures has slammed attorneys’ fees requests from two law firms previously involved in the case, telling a Texas federal court Monday that their work provided no meaningful benefit.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration faulted a fertility clinic for its lax screening practices, found that a company was using the same vat to mix mouthwash and car polish, and scolded a light therapy company for not reporting a recall. Here's this week's roundup of the FDA's latest enforcement actions.
President Donald Trump said Monday he intends to nominate Michael Dourson, currently an environmental health professor at the University of Cincinnati, to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.
Eighteen consumers from nearly a dozen states have launched a product liability action against Merck & Co Inc. in New Jersey state court alleging they suffered medical problems after receiving the company's Zostavax shingles vaccine, saying the pharmaceutical giant failed to warn them about the risks associated with the medicine.
The Second Circuit affirmed Tuesday that Olin Corp.'s excess policies with Lamorak Insurance Co. were triggered by the chemical producer's payments to clean up several contaminated sites, but found that the insurer may seek to reduce its liability by amounts paid under prior policies covering the same loss.
Federal prosecutors said in a filing Monday that they plan to challenge the nine-year sentence of a pharmacist who was convicted of racketeering and fraud related to a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak.
The Delaware bankruptcy judge presiding over the Takata Chapter 11 said Tuesday that he would hear in early August the company’s bid to halt scores of lawsuits connected to its defective air bag inflators, an issue likely to face stiff opposition from government agencies and personal injury claimants.
Greenberg Traurig LLP's Sean Jessee has been part of many important wins for his medical device company clients in litigation over alleged defects and injuries, including playing a key role in a $28 million pelvic mesh case for C.R. Bard, earning him a spot among the five product liability attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.
Off-road vehicle manufacturer Polaris can’t pass off alleged misrepresentations about potential risks to the company’s business as simple mismanagement while its vehicles burst into flame and injured customers, a proposed class of investors told a Minnesota federal court Monday.
Three pharmacy employees accused of skirting federal regulations in the runup to a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak urged a Massachusetts federal judge Tuesday to dismiss charges against them, pointing to testimony by a former FDA commissioner they say shows a lack of clarity on how their business should be defined for regulatory purposes.
CSX Transportation Inc. was ordered to pay $3.9 million in Georgia state court on Monday after a jury found the railroad company 35 percent responsible for the death of a movie production worker hit by a freight train while setting up a shoot on a train trestle.
A Tennessee federal judge on Monday refused to let Whole Foods completely off the hook in a personal injury suit stemming from a girl's consumption of a mislabeled "vegan garden pizza" that caused her to be hospitalized due to a nut allergy, ruling that a consumer couldn't be expected to know that a vegan product might contain nuts.
The lawyer leading a lawsuit alleging that a psoriasis and arthritis prescription drug led to a man's death will have to pay a $25,000 sanction for trying to relitigate issues already settled in discovery, a Nebraska federal judge ruled Monday.
A Texas-based company is voluntarily recalling an instant coffee product marketed as a sexual enhancement supplement after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration confirmed that it contains an ingredient comparable to the active ingredient in FDA-approved erectile dysfunction drug Viagra.
Samsung Electronics America Inc. urged a Pennsylvania federal judge Monday to toss a proposed class action seeking damages allegedly caused by a Samsung Galaxy S3 phone overheating, calling the suit a "textbook example" of "bare-bones pleading" that does not meet the standard for class claims.
General Motors brought an engineering expert to the stand Monday in a bellwether trial over its ignition switches who testified that even if a switch fails specifications, that's not necessarily something that consumers should worry about.
Though teaching a law school class may be one of the last things on a busy practitioner's to-do list, it's a misconception that teaching will benefit only those who are looking to leave the practice of law and enter academia. It also offers several practical benefits, especially for more junior lawyers looking for stand-up experience, say Steven Allison and Samrah Mahmoud of Crowell & Moring LLP.
Over the past 20 years, the number of jury trials has been on a dramatic decline. What if the vanishing jury trial is evidence of an expected development of human consciousness — explained by a theory known as spiral dynamics? asks Jennifer Gibbs, a partner with Zelle LLP.
The urgent need to focus on the health care industry’s cyber health was thrown into the spotlight by the recent WannaCry global cyberattack. At the same time, there have been three important federal cybersecurity efforts that affect health care, say Katherine Armstrong and Lee Petro of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.
In May, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the postponement of the compliance date of a federal menu labeling rule for one year. Just weeks later, New York City announced plans to begin enforcing its own updated local menu labeling rule. These two actions potentially raise novel and significant issues of federal preemption, say Bob Hibbert and Hilary Lewis of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.
A uniform national framework for the cybersecurity issues implicated by autonomous vehicles is needed to supplant the numerous state laws and regulations that have sprung up in the absence of federal legislation. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and Congress have an opportunity to provide just that, says Nancy Libin, a partner at Jenner & Block LLP and former chief privacy officer of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Like popular toys of the past, schoolyard buzz quickly piqued children’s desires for fidget spinners before most adults even knew what they were. But fidget spinners are different from other chart-topping toys in two important ways, and both distinctions implicate how the toys are regulated, say attorneys with Schiff Hardin LLP.
This week’s idea for improving civil jury trials is remarkably simple: Allow counsel to provide complete opening statements to the entire venire before voir dire begins instead of after the jury is impaneled, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.
The first step in assembling an intelligent response to a request for an alternative fee arrangement is for outside counsel to be certain they understand the primary reasons that the client is making the request, say attorneys with WilmerHale.
Agreed upon protective orders can play an important and beneficial role in product liability cases. But, as always, it is imperative to follow governing authority and local practice, whether in state or federal court, and tailor the proposed order and motion to approve accordingly, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.
These days, legal operations directors can easily get stretched too thin between responsibilities like overseeing support staff and taking on office management responsibilities. Legal operations teams should focus their time and effort on outside counsel management, technology planning and analytics, says Jaime Woltjen of Stout Risius Ross LLC.