Two law firms representing hundreds of patients who allegedly suffered serious injuries after using Merck & Co. Inc.’s shingles vaccine Zostavax have asked the New Jersey Supreme Court to give the cases a multicounty litigation designation, according to a notice to the bar.
National Football League teams told the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday former players can’t revive their Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations claim alleging the teams encouraged painkiller abuse because the athletes knew of their alleged injuries about a decade before bringing the claim.
New York-based law firm Pomerantz LLP and Boston firm Shapiro Haber & Urmy LLP asked a Massachusetts federal judge late Wednesday to approve a $5 million fee request after representing investors in a twice-dismissed stock drop suit against Aveo Pharmaceuticals Inc. that ended in an $18 million deal.
Federal agents on Wednesday arrested a Massachusetts resident they believe stole several pieces of acclaimed artwork from a friend in South Korea, including two Andy Warhol silkscreen prints, then copied and sold them in a heist that culminated in one count of wire fraud in Massachusetts federal court.
The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking to enjoin clinics that it says are advertising stem cell treatments without approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, hitting them with lawsuits in California and Florida federal court Wednesday.
Plaintiffs’ attorneys in multidistrict litigation over the opioid crisis are alleging shady maneuvering and conflicts of interest as they vie to represent hospitals in a bellwether case, according to a filing on Wednesday in Ohio federal court.
A Texas state appellate court has overturned a $7 million jury award to an industrial painter who claimed his leukemia was caused by exposure to a chemical found in paint and thinners manufactured by DuPont Co., ruling the patient’s experts did not base their testimony on reliable evidence.
Family Dollar Inc. temporarily escaped a proposed class action alleging it violated consumer protection laws by selling an aloe vera gel that didn’t contain the plant’s active ingredient after an Illinois federal judge ruled Tuesday the company might not have known about the defect.
Counsel for the class in the National Football League’s uncapped concussion settlement Tuesday asked a Pennsylvania federal court for sanctions against a group of related financial firms they say have failed to account for funds invested by class members.
A group of Thoratec Corp. shareholders won class certification Tuesday in a recently revived suit claiming the medical device company hid risks linked to its heart devices, as a California federal judge concluded the company made material misrepresentations that could have reasonably misled investors.
The Second Circuit directed a lower court Wednesday to reassess whether Global Reinsurance Corp. of America must cover Century Indemnity Co.’s costs to defend Caterpillar in asbestos litigation beyond the reinsurer’s total liability limits, after New York’s highest court clarified how reinsurance contracts should be interpreted.
The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday picked 10 sites in Alaska, California, Florida, Nevada, North Dakota, North Carolina, Kansas, Oklahoma, Virginia and Tennessee to test expanded drone operations, including package-delivery and nighttime flights, and is considering additional new rules for drones.
R.J. Reynolds asked a Florida appeals court Wednesday for a new trial in a case that resulted in an $11.5 million award for the relatives of a nurse who died of lung cancer, arguing that the instructions to the jury regarding how they could determine entitlement to punitive damages gave the jurors an erroneous impression.
As part of an ongoing dispute over a $1.1 million fine levied against an EQT Corp. unit for hydraulic fracturing fluid that leaked from an in-ground impoundment, a Pennsylvania appeals court wrestled during oral arguments on Wednesday over how to prove whether soil-bound contaminants had moved into groundwater.
Starbucks and other companies in the coffee business will likely have to put up public cancer warnings in California, after a state judge ruled that their experts had failed to convince him that java should be exempted from a controversial state notification law.
The mass of litigation accusing Takeda Pharmaceuticals America Inc. of hiding that its diabetes drug Actos causes bladder cancer continued to grow Tuesday, with a new potential class action in California federal court filed by patients hoping to recoup the money they paid for the “inefficacious and dangerous” drug.
A husband and wife have called on a New Jersey state court to uphold their trial victories totaling $117 million in damages against Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier, saying they established that the man’s exposure to the pharmaceutical giant’s asbestos-containing talcum powder played a substantial role in causing his mesothelioma.
Three Nebraska tribes accused Purdue Pharma LP, McKesson Corp. and other opioid manufacturers and distributors in federal court Tuesday of allowing their drugs to be diverted into and wreak "havoc" on tribal communities, adding to the growing number of cases against pharmaceutical companies over the opioid epidemic.
A Pennsylvania federal judge has found a trial is necessary in a suit accusing Big Boulder of negligence in a snowboarder's accident, saying there are questions of where personal responsibility ended for the snowboarder and where negligence — if there was any — began for the resort.
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP’s Steve Berman helped secure a $1.67 billion payout for dealers over Volkswagen’s emissions cheating scandal and a $209 million settlement for student-athletes suing the NCAA over its limits on compensation for living expenses, earning him a place as one of Law360’s 2018 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar.
The 787 Dreamliner's lithium batteries experienced multiple thermal runaway events soon after the plane went into service. But the manufacturer, the FAA, the NTSB and the airlines worked together to quickly and effectively solve the problem. Five years later, the 787 has compiled an admirable operational record, and Boeing continues to receive new orders, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and private pilot.
Earth Day is almost here, and companies may be looking to capture some environmentally minded consumers with nifty green-themed advertising campaigns. To help sort through the Federal Trade Commission requirements for environmental marketing, David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP assesses recent disputes involving the agency's “Green Guides” in his second annual review.
Press coverage of a recent high-profile Proposition 65 decision in California may prompt readers to conclude that coffee causes cancer; in fact, there was no such finding. But if the ruling stands, it could still have a big impact on coffee makers, so it is important for both consumers and companies to understand it fully, say attorneys with DLA Piper.
How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.
The Missouri Supreme Court recently declined to review a lower court's overturning of a $72 million talc verdict against Johnson & Johnson. This decision not only clears the way for Johnson & Johnson’s success in appeals of three other Missouri talc verdicts, but could herald a fundamental change in how mass tort cases may be litigated, say attorneys with Lewis Rice LLC.
One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.
Dollar amounts of U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission prelitigation settlements have increased over the past five years, as most recently shown by a record settlement with Polaris Industries for alleged reporting violations related to three recalls. But this track record has not been matched in recently litigated cases, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter.
In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.
Companies can’t always take preemptive action to avoid every potential false advertising lawsuit. But a New York federal court's recent decision in Borenkoff v. Buffalo Wild Wings demonstrates that effective marketing and minimizing risk are entirely compatible objectives, say attorneys with Hogan Lovells.
For members of industry, consumer advocates and those worried about partisan deadlock, the recent settlement between Polaris Industries and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission may provide some faith in how the CPSC fulfills its important mission to keep consumers safe, says Heather Capell Bramble of Venable LLP.