The former head of quality control at the New England Compounding Center alternately fought back tears and sparred with a defense attorney Thursday during a tense day in Boston federal court, where a trial for six employees of the now-shuttered company whose moldy drugs sparked a national meningitis outbreak neared the end of its third week.
A New York federal judge has dismissed a suit accusing The Coca-Cola Co. of false advertisements about Diet Coke, saying it’s not plausible for reasonable consumers to have believed that the soft drink would in itself lead to weight loss.
Former officers for a foundation launched by Brad Pitt that built homes in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina told a Louisiana federal court on Wednesday that homeowners suing the foundation over allegations of defectively built homes have no standing to bring derivative claims against them.
The estates of two of the 17 people killed when a duck boat sank in Missouri last summer urged a federal court Wednesday not to dismiss certain claims in their suit against tour operator Ripley Entertainment, saying they were properly pled.
A school groundskeeper who alleged that Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller caused his lymphoma agreed to a reduced award of $78 million, down from a $289 million jury verdict he won against the agrochemical giant in August, in order to avoid a new trial in the landmark case.
The Robbins Co. on Tuesday told the Sixth Circuit that an Ohio court’s ruling that an insurer does not need to cover a $40 million breach of contract action against the tunnel-boring machine maker was overly broad, urging the appeals court to reverse the decision.
The maker of Riddell brand football helmets is facing a putative class action in Illinois federal court by former high school and college players claiming they sustained permanent brain injuries due to inadequate padding in the company’s helmets.
A New Jersey federal judge ruled Tuesday that BMW must face most of a consolidated putative class action alleging it knowingly sold vehicles with defective chain assemblies that caused premature engine failure and profited off repairs not covered under warranty.
A consumer struck out Tuesday in his putative class action accusing Solco Healthcare and Huahai Pharmaceuticals of selling contaminated blood pressure medication, when a judge found he hadn’t demonstrated the case belonged in federal court.
Homeowners accusing Meritor Inc., the Boeing Co., Rockwell Automation Inc. and Textron Inc. of property damage caused by the dumping of toxic chemicals near their homes sought Wednesday to disqualify Meritor’s lead counsel, saying they need to call him as a witness at trial.
Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP this month knocked out claims that a woman's alleged exposure to asbestos in Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder contributed to her mesothelioma, with firm attorneys taking a more aggressive stance than other counsel in prior cases by blasting the matter as a “sham” created by her lawyers.
An administrative law judge for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency imposed a $4.2 million civil penalty on Spartan Diesel Technologies LLC on Tuesday, finding that the agency's penalty request was adequate given the gravity of the defeat device maker's alleged violations of the Clean Air Act.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court upheld a $2.5 million jury verdict Wednesday against Johnson & Johnson over allegations its antipsychotic drug Risperdal caused an Alabama boy with autism to grow breasts, and returned the case to a lower court to determine whether the family was entitled to punitive damages as well.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has unrecused himself from Merck’s appeal of a Third Circuit decision that revived multidistrict litigation over the company’s alleged failure to warn about a risk of femoral fractures from its osteoporosis drug Fosamax.
A Long Island woman hit vegan creamery Miyoko's Kitchen with a proposed class action for fraud in New York federal court on Tuesday, calling the packaging of Miyoko's Cultured Vegan Butter an insidious attempt to "bask in dairy's halo" to the "detriment and impoverishment of plaintiff and class members."
The city of Boston has asked a Massachusetts federal court to move its suit against opioid manufacturers and distributors back to state court, arguing there are no questions of federal law at play.
The Supreme Court of Ohio ruled Wednesday that a former Notre Dame football player’s claims against the school and the NCAA for a “latent” brain injury stemming from when he played football can go forward, saying the statute of limitations was triggered when he learned of the brain injury in 2012, not when he suffered blows to the head in college in the 1970s.
A California federal judge has trimmed claims in a proposed class action against Juul Labs Inc. alleging it deceptively advertised the amount of nicotine in its e-cigarette products, ruling federal regulations preempt the users' claims the warning labels should have been more explicit about the potency of the nicotine mixture.
A California federal judge refused Tuesday to throw out a proposed class action alleging that Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc.'s juice-based beverages falsely advertise they don't include any artificial flavors, saying there's a factual issue about whether the compounds involved act as flavors.
The Fourth Circuit has held that a trial court can’t impose a gag order on a Smithfield Foods unit and the many North Carolina residents suing it over the feces and urine at its hog farms, ruling the order “hamstrung the exercise of First Amendment rights.”
Whether Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s prior statements may be grounds for disqualification when it comes to judging certain cases is debatable, but there are no specific recusal guidelines for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices themselves don’t even agree on where to draw the line when it comes to perceived political bias, says Donald Scarinci, a founding partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.
After agreeing to review the Third Circuit's 2016 ruling in the Fosamax product liability litigation during the current term, the U.S. Supreme Court invited the federal government to file an amicus brief. A review of the compelling arguments laid out in the brief strongly suggests that this problematic decision will be reversed by the high court, says Stephen McConnell of Reed Smith LLP.
As technology evolves, law firms are increasingly looking for ways to improve communication, transparency and service for their clients. Firms should put knowledge management at the core of their value proposition to create a competitive advantage, says Rob MacAdam at HighQ.
A newly enacted Missouri law makes it a misdemeanor to use the word “meat” on labels of food products that do not come from an animal. Businesses selling meat substitute products in the state that do not meet the new labeling requirements could face liability under another consumer protection statute as well, says Martha Charepoo of Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC.
Last month, California passed the first-ever state legislation aimed at regulating "internet of things" devices. The new law restricts liability to manufacturers of physical hardware — drawing a narrower line than the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's previous guidance, say Michael Buchanan and Michelle Bufano of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.
Amendments to California's Proposition 65 which came into effect in August change the law's safe harbor warning requirements and create tailored warnings for specific chemical exposures and products. Businesses must keep in mind that even an exposure below legally defined threshold levels can open them to liability, say Lotus Fung and Manuel Fishman of Buchalter PC.
As we watch what passes for political discourse in our nation’s capital, it’s understandable that universities are launching programs on how to cope with ideological disputes. But our country needs fewer people who profess to be open-minded and more people who engage in and honor the conclusions of reasoned debates, says Alex Dimitrief of General Electric Co.
The United Kingdom is positioning itself as the go-to location to develop, test and drive automated vehicles, and has already enacted legislation to provide an insurance model for AVs. But it is not yet clear whether existing U.K. product liability law will be able to accommodate the challenges posed by this new technology, say attorneys with Jones Day.
Dark web monitoring allows law firms to see what sensitive information may have made its way onto the thriving global underground marketplace where cybercriminals buy and sell exposed data. It can also help lawyers advise clients on a wide range of legal and business matters, say Anju Chopra and Brian Lapidus of Kroll.
Interpretations of Rule 45 protections vary but what's clear is that "undue burden" does not mean no burden at all. To avoid the costs of compliance with a subpoena, a nonparty should be ready to demonstrate its disinterest in the litigation and the anticipated cost and burden of compliance, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton LLP.