Three South Dakota tribes have added to the sea of suits accusing drugmakers and distributors of deceptively marketing highly addictive opioids, alleging in a Monday federal court suit that the companies have worked to conceal the risk of abuse while making billions off the nation’s prescription painkiller epidemic.
A New Jersey federal judge on Monday tossed a putative class action alleging that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and related parties exposed Newark school children to lead-contaminated water and tried to cover up the health hazard, saying students' parents have failed to back up their claims.
An en banc Fifth Circuit on Monday reversed a panel ruling that maritime law applied to a dispute over an injury incurred during work on an offshore gas well, allowing a contractor and its insurer to escape indemnity for the accident under Louisiana state law.
Two counties in Florida and Utah on Monday urged a California federal court to keep alive their claims in multidistrict litigation alleging that Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche installed illegal “defeat devices” to cheat on vehicles’ emissions tests, saying that the claims are not barred by the Clean Air Act or settlements the automaker previously reached.
The Ohio federal judge overseeing the mammoth multidistrict litigation over the ongoing opioid epidemic set an urgent tone for the litigation during the first hearing in the MDL on Tuesday morning, creating a goal to drastically reduce the number of painkillers being disseminated in the U.S.
Federal regulators’ failure to routinely update motor vehicle standards to keep up with technological advancements and industry best practices hampers the deployment of safer driving technology, including automated or self-driving cars, according to a report released Tuesday.
Leading class action law firm Milberg LLP said Monday it has entered a new partnership with Sanders Phillips Grossman LLC, a plaintiffs firm focusing on mass tort and personal injury cases, to form Milberg Tadler Phillips Grossman LLP.
Goldberg Segalla LLP has shored up its general liability practice group in Miami by adding a former Sedgwick LLP partner with more than three decades of experience handling medical malpractice, product liability cases and complex commercial litigation.
The label on AbbVie Inc.’s AndroGel misled doctors about the drug’s dangers, counsel for a man who suffered clots in his lungs while using the testosterone replacement therapy product told an Illinois federal jury Monday.
A proposed class of consumers sued Walmart Stores Inc. and an egg supplier in California federal court Monday for allegedly lying about the treatment and condition of hens laying Walmart store-brand Organic Marketside eggs, saying the “cage-free” eggs are falsely labeled as having come from hens with outdoor access.
Coal giant Murray Energy Corp.'s plea to reverse the Fourth Circuit's conclusion that courts can't make the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency analyze the job impacts of its air pollution regulations headlines a trio of energy-related petitions that the U.S. Supreme Court refused to take up on Monday. Here's a recap of energy cases the high court passed on.
Takata Corp. is adding 3.3 million air bag inflators that are at risk of exploding to an existing recall that has affected more than 30 million vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a notice on Friday.
Houston-based appellate and civil litigation law firm Wright & Close LLP announced Monday that it has changed its name and will now be known as Wright Close & Barger LLP with the promotion of Jessica Zavadil Barger to name partner.
A proposed class of direct purchasers of seeds filed an antitrust lawsuit against Monsanto Co. in Missouri federal court Monday, accusing the global agrochemical company of artificially inflating prices for genetically modified seed traits in soybeans and cotton by engaging in an anti-competitive scheme with other conspirators.
Cancer-drug maker Seattle Genetics Inc. on Friday asked a Washington federal court for a third time to dismiss a proposed securities fraud class action against it, saying the latest complaint still doesn’t spell out how it supposedly knew it was engaged in wrongdoing.
At least one D.C. Circuit judge on Monday seemed unlikely to allow Arch Coal Inc. to challenge a U.S. Department of Labor bulletin on black lung claim liability, rebuking the company's assertions that the bulletin counts as a final rule over which federal courts have jurisdiction.
The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will not hear R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.’s appeal of an Eleventh Circuit ruling that determined federal law doesn’t prevent smokers from relying on the landmark Engle tobacco case to allege strict liability and negligence.
A Pennsylvania appeals court on Monday threw out an order that has kept a Johnson & Johnson unit from facing punitive damages in thousands of cases pending in Philadelphia County over allegations that young boys developed breasts after taking the antipsychotic medication Risperdal.
A Utah federal judge decided Friday to halt Utah’s suit over the 2015 Gold King Mine spill while the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation decides whether to transfer the case to multidistrict litigation, saying the delay will conserve resources.
AbbVie will defend its product AndroGel for the third time Monday against claims it seriously injured one of its users as the company takes on the latest bellwether in multidistrict litigation over testosterone replacement therapy drugs in Illinois federal court.
The question I ask about new technology is how can it improve the quality of my practice — and my life? This year, the iPhone X, the Apple Watch Series 3 and a .LAW domain have proven to be great investments, for professional and personal reasons, says attorney Paul Kiesel of Kiesel Law LLP.
Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, I can look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on its pros and cons, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC.
It is irresponsible to fit the pharmaceutical industry into the mold of Big Tobacco. The opioid addiction crisis is a public health problem and litigation is not a proper solution, say members of Kelley Drye and Warren LLP.
We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three improvements to give jurors an active role in our civil and criminal jury trials.
It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.
U.S. senators on both sides of the aisle have proposed cosmetic reform bills, making it likely that Congress will soon pass legislation regulating personal care products. This, in turn, is likely to result in greater litigation against companies making those products, say attorneys at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.
In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.
During 2017, advances in the state of autonomous vehicle technology, and in the development of a new regulatory framework, moved at a rapid pace. While some industry experts think fully automated passenger vehicles will arrive by 2020, there are signs it will happen sooner, say attorneys with Holland & Knight LLP.
Nutrition labeling on chain restaurant menus and vending machines, mandated by the Affordable Care Act, advanced last month with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's publication of draft guidance on the controversial topic. The FDA continues work toward implementing the law, but each step seems to uncover novel issues, says Arthur DeCelle of McDermott Will & Emery LLP.
Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.