The application of Rhode Island law may defeat a Texas attorney's attempts to force into arbitration a dispute with a couple accusing him of botching their medical malpractice case, a First Circuit panel suggested during oral arguments Wednesday.
Tesla wrongly removed a device meant to limit the top speed of one of its 2014 Model S cars, which — combined with a flawed battery pack design — contributed to the deaths of two Florida teens in a crash last year, according to a complaint filed Tuesday in Broward County court.
The Pennsylvania federal court overseeing the landmark NFL concussion settlement provided the first in-depth look at how it's handling dozens of contentious attorney lien disputes on Monday, in a lengthy ruling that laid down general guidelines while resolving three separate disputes.
Sporting goods maker Outdoor Sports Gear Inc. on Monday urged the Ninth Circuit to reverse a district court ruling that saddled it with costs for homeowners’ asbestos-related claims, arguing that the lower court should not have departed from a previous order in a coverage fight with the company’s buyer.
A Delaware federal magistrate judge on Tuesday recommended trimming some claims as time-barred in a proposed class action against Fiat Chrysler that alleges a defect in certain Chrysler and Dodge vehicles caused tires to corrode or deflate.
A New Jersey-based chemical company on Tuesday urged the Third Circuit to undo a finding that its consumer fraud claims against two fire suppression system makers actually fell under product liability law, arguing the $5 million in damages it incurred from an explosion stemmed from the companies' false claims about the effectiveness of a fire alarm.
A Pennsylvania federal judge has recused himself out of an "abundance of caution" from an environmental contamination dispute after disclosing that his son received a job offer from BakerHostetler, which represents the steel business in the case.
A South Korean musician and actor has pressed ahead with allegations that Tesla sold vehicles that suddenly accelerated without warning and hit the electric automaker with new claims of slander and defamation for suggesting he used his celebrity status to gain a payout, according to an amended complaint filed in California federal court Monday.
The Delaware Supreme Court affirmed a $5.7 million award Monday in favor of Clean Harbors Inc. and against Union Pacific Corp. over an environmental cleanup at a Kansas waste facility, saying a potentially ambiguous jury verdict form was not, in the end, overly misleading.
Claudia Lewis, co-chair of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration practice at Venable LLP, tells Law360 that she’s eagerly awaiting an FDA definition of “natural,” chafing at new limits on homeopathic products and anticipating a nationwide policy on cannabidiol, or CBD.
A federal judge has denied a new trial in a rare federal Engle case over a Florida man’s death from cigarette smoking, saying Monday the losing side helped sink its own case when it brushed off advice to tell the jury exactly what “addiction” is.
A Louisiana federal judge has denied Ford Motor Co.’s request for summary judgment in a former mechanic's suit, which claims that working for the company exposed the man to asbestos and caused his ultimately fatal mesothelioma.
A deputy U.S. solicitor general told the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday that there is no reason to think the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was confused by Merck’s proposed warning on femoral fractures for its osteoporosis drug Fosamax, a warning the agency rejected.
An attorney representing a woman dying of mesothelioma told a California jury during trial opening Monday that Johnson & Johnson knew for decades its talcum powder products contained cancer-causing asbestos but failed to warn consumers about its risks or replace the talc with less-toxic cornstarch.
A Mississippi federal court has refused to disqualify an attorney who is helping Meritor Inc., Boeing Co. and Rockwell Automation Inc. fight accusations by homeowners that their property was damaged by toxic chemicals that were dumped from a nearby automotive parts plant.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Fiat Chrysler’s bid to swiftly challenge an Illinois district court’s certification of thousands of drivers claiming Jeep Cherokees were vulnerable to hacking, preserving a Seventh Circuit decision clearing the way for a multistate trial against the automaker.
A magistrate judge has recommended a Florida federal court deny Royal Caribbean's bid to dismiss a woman's latest complaint in her suit claiming it put passengers at risk by not canceling a cruise as Hurricane Harvey threatened Texas, saying the court has not forbidden her from adding additional plaintiffs.
The federal government urged a New York federal court Monday not to heed Chicago’s objection to a massive $625 million False Claims Act settlement with AmerisourceBergen over wrongful drug repacking allegations, saying nothing in the deal cuts off the city’s own claims.
Representatives of a class of Canada Dry ginger ale consumers have asked a California federal court to approve a settlement potentially worth millions to end their claims the soda maker misleadingly labeled its product as made with “real ginger.”
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. should have to pay for injuries sustained by a Colorado family when the battery of a Galaxy S7 cellphone produced by the Korean electronics maker allegedly overheated and caught fire, according to a complaint removed to federal court on Friday.
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.
The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation is best known for its handling of MDLs, but it has another important role. When challenges to federal agency action are made in multiple courts of appeal, the panel is responsible for consolidating them into a single circuit, says Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter.
A securities class action complaint against utility company Edison following the recent massive wildfires in California is the latest example of event-driven securities litigation, a phenomenon that represents a significant problem for directors and officers insurance underwriters, says Kevin LaCroix of RT ProExec.
Permitting jurors to submit written questions, or even to pose questions orally to witnesses on the stand, advances several important goals and promotes both fairness and efficiency, says Matthew Wright of McCarter & English LLP.
The California Supreme Court's recent decision in Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing has cast doubt on arbitration clauses in attorney engagement agreements, jeopardizing the efficient resolution of malpractice claims and fee disputes, say Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer and Mark Drooks of Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks Lincenberg & Rhow PC.
Recent amendments to California's Proposition 65 changed the nature and content of chemical exposure warnings required for many products, substances and locations. Meanwhile, the plaintiffs bar is stepping up its attempts to target Prop 65 violators, says Anne Marie Ellis of Buchalter PC.