Ford Motor Co. said Friday it is recalling nearly 1 million vehicles in the U.S. and Canada to replace potentially deadly Takata air bags, as well as certain EcoSport vehicles that may not meet seat-back strength requirements.
A Michigan federal judge on Friday dismissed a proposed class action that accused Ford of selling cars with defective lug nuts that impeded changing a tire, finding virtually nothing to support claims of breach of warranty, unjust enrichment or violations of consumer protection laws.
Monsanto Co. on Thursday told the California federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation over its weedkiller Roundup that consumers' claims in three bellwether cases that the company failed to warn the herbicide caused cancer are preempted by federal insecticide law.
Chevron USA and Union Oil Co. of California said they reached a settlement with a California water district prior to a Phase 1 trial scheduled to start this month, agreeing to pay $11 million to end claims over alleged drinking water contamination from gasoline releases.
Alberta-based oil sand mine operator Syncrude Canada Ltd. will pay CA$2.75 million ($2.04 million) to provincial and federal authorities after pleading guilty to violating the Migratory Birds Convention Act in the wake of the deaths of 31 great blue herons at one of its mine sites.
A French unit of General Electric Co. will be asking the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on an Eleventh Circuit decision finding that an Alabama steel plant owner doesn't have to arbitrate the companies' multimillion-dollar dispute over allegedly faulty motors, according to documents filed in an Alabama federal court on Wednesday.
A longtime Harris County judge who was swept out of office in November's “blue wave” midterm election has returned to the firm whose doors he helped open, Susman Godfrey LLP, the firm said Thursday, and is diving right into trial prep for a $171 million dispute over allegedly defective oil-drilling valves.
Former National Hockey League player Michael Peluso hit the New Jersey Devils on Thursday with a lawsuit in New Jersey federal court alleging the team concealed the risk of long-term neurological problems if he suffered further head injuries, a few months after a Minnesota federal judge said Peluso could not pursue similar claims in that state.
Two gynecological practices can file a second amended complaint against cosmetic laser maker Cynosure, a Boston federal judge ruled Thursday, directing them to include more specific information about how the company allegedly duped them into buying its MonaLisa Touch product by marketing it for so-called “vaginal rejuvenation.”
The U.S. Solicitor General's Office encouraged the nation's highest court Thursday to review a case that could determine whether or not facilities that pollute certain waterways via groundwater must be permitted under the Clean Water Act.
A North Dakota federal judge ruled Thursday that Great West Casualty Co. has no duty to defend or indemnify an Exxon Mobil Corp. unit or two contractors against lawsuits filed by a pair of workers who were injured in a fire near a fracking well, finding that a policy exclusion for injuries stemming from fracking operations clearly bars coverage.
A Pennsylvania federal judge on Thursday dismissed a suit brought against the Kansas City Chiefs by a former player's ex-wife alleging concussions he sustained from playing hurt their relationship, finding that she cannot claim she informally opted out of a 2015 settlement the NFL had reached with players in multidistrict litigation.
A California federal judge on Wednesday tossed a proposed class action alleging that fixes for the security bugs known as Spectre and Meltdown slowed down the processing speed of Apple devices, finding that the consumers behind the suit lacked standing.
A California appeals court has affirmed a decision by the state’s Department of Pesticide Regulation finding that three Caltec AG Inc. products should have been classified as pesticides, upholding a $784,000 fine against the company.
General Motors was hit with a proposed class action in California federal court Wednesday by drivers alleging that some of the company's diesel trucks are “ticking time bombs” because their European-made injection pumps are incompatible with American fuel.
A Wisconsin federal judge has denied class certification to in-state buyers of Monsanto Co.’s Roundup weed killers who claim the labels misled them about their safety, saying a Wisconsin Supreme Court decision requires each individual plaintiff to show they lost money under the state's false advertising law.
Schiff Hardin LLP can’t be held liable to Ironshore Europe DAC for representations it made to the insurer during a product liability trial because those representations were made as part of the law firm’s legal services to its client, a Fifth Circuit appeals panel ruled Wednesday.
A Minnesota federal judge on Wednesday paused a proposed class action alleging that Weyerhaeuser Co. made defective joists that gave off formaldehyde in homes for settlement talks.
The family of the co-pilot who died aboard the doomed Lion Air Flight 610 when it plunged into the Java Sea in October blamed the crash on the Boeing 737's faulty sensors and inadequate aircraft manual, according to a wrongful death suit filed against Boeing in Illinois state court.
A driver has sued General Motors LLC and a Chicago-based auto dealership in Illinois state court, saying they sold a Buick with a defective ignition switch that caused him to crash and suffer injuries after the vehicle's airbags failed to deploy.
Motions by counsel to withdraw from representation that are filed earlier in a case will more likely succeed. But the complexity and costs of multidistrict litigations may speed up the stopwatch as to when motions to withdraw are not viable, say Jennifer La Mont and Kaitlyn Stone of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.
Food companies are required to comply with updates to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Nutrition Facts labeling requirements by 2020. Lawrence Reichman and Cassie Roberts of Perkins Coie LLP review the changes and discuss possible effects on consumers and manufacturers.
A notable authority on tort law recently concluded that design defect claims involving prescription drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are preempted no matter how plaintiffs package them. But we should shed no tears over the demise of design-based litigation, says James Beck of Reed Smith LLP.
Plaintiffs attorneys are winning big in civil litigation by invoking genomic susceptibility arguments, and trends suggest that property and casualty insurers will face more and larger claims as a result. But genomic data can assist both plaintiffs and defendants, say David Schwartz of Innovative Science Solutions and William Wilt of Assured Research.
When reading Tim Wu’s new book, "The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age," lawyers, economists and historians will find its broad brush maddening, and the generalist reader will simply be misled, says D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg.
For the first time in 15 years, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23, governing class actions, has been amended. There are five key changes that will likely impact future federal class action litigation and settlements, say John Lavelle and Terese Schireson of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.
Plaintiffs in the Smith & Nephew Birmingham Hip Resurfacing multidistrict litigation were subject to different states' statutes of limitations. But whether you bleed Michigan blue or you live where a grizzly bear is your only neighbor, preemption unites us all, says Michelle Hart Yeary of Dechert LLP.
The close of 2018 brings a chance to look at the state of climate change lawsuits filed in the last few years by both government entities and groups of young Americans. While each case type employs different legal strategies, both face similar challenges, says John Lee of Goldberg Segalla.
Is an employer liable to an employee who gets injured or injures someone else while using an electric scooter for business purposes? As this mode of transportation's popularity continues to grow, Sue Schaecher of Fisher Phillips discusses how employers can reduce exposure to liability and steps they can take to protect employees.
As the dissenting judge pointed out, the Third Circuit majority's recent opinion in Sikkelee v. Precision Airmotive Corp. — restricting the impossibility preemption defense for federally regulated manufacturers — seemed to be more focused on perceived public policy considerations than strict adherence to case law, says Jonathan Skowron of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP.