A toxicologist took the stand Thursday in a landmark California jury trial over claims Monsanto’s herbicides gave a groundskeeper lymphoma, saying 10 percent of the products' active ingredient can be absorbed through the skin — more than 10 times what Monsanto claims.
The U.S. government hit a Chicago-based medicine and supplement maker with a lawsuit in federal court Thursday over claims that the company is illegally selling “adulterated,” “misbranded” and unapproved dietary supplements and medicines for ailments such as HIV and Alzheimer’s disease.
A Pennsylvania state judge has rebuffed Johnson & Johnson's argument that because his mother is suing the company, he should recuse himself from an upcoming trial of a woman’s claims that she suffered injuries from a pelvic mesh implant.
The Pennsylvania federal judge overseeing the National Football League concussion settlement ordered the settlement claims administrator to pay nearly half of an amount awarded to a former player to third-party litigation funder RD Legal after the funder sought to rescind a prior advance to the player.
Sho-Me Power Electric Cooperative has agreed to pay $24 million to a class of Missouri landowners who accused the company of violating land-use agreements, allowing the parties to avoid going to trial a third time, according to papers filed in Missouri federal court on Tuesday.
An Arizona federal judge Thursday trimmed claims from a bellwether case in multidistrict litigation alleging that C.R. Bard Inc.’s blood vessel filters are dangerously defective, saying that the patient didn’t show that an inadequate warning caused her injuries.
An Ohio federal judge on Thursday blocked media access to voluminous drug company data divulged in multidistrict litigation over the opioid crisis, concluding that publicity would undermine a delicate discovery process in the high-stakes case.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that it will be looking at whether plant-based beverages, like soy and almond milks, should be labeled differently, saying consumers might be confused about the nutritional differences between them and traditional dairy milk.
3M Co. will pay $9.1 million to settle a whistleblower False Claims Act suit accusing it of knowingly selling defective earplugs to the U.S. military, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.
Fiat Chrysler must face a suit over a passenger’s death in a 2015 accident in which the Chrysler Dodge Durango he was riding in lost control and overturned, after a South Carolina federal judge ruled Thursday that negligence and warranty breach claims aren’t barred by Chrysler's 2009 bankruptcy sale order.
Dessert company 600 lb Gorillas Inc. cannot add a New Jersey state law claim to its suit against ice cream supplier Mister Cookie Face LLC, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Thursday, hours before a Boston trial was set to commence in their contract dispute.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asked a New Mexico federal court to dismiss claims brought by New Mexico, Utah and the Navajo Nation over the 2015 Gold King Mine spill, arguing that the agency had been acting under its Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act authority.
A Texas state court judge has rejected a bid to upset a $33 million jury verdict against two companies that made components of a Georgia Pacific wood processing facility’s dust collection system, entering judgment for a worker who was burned in a fire at the plant.
A California federal judge sanctioned Fitbit Inc. and its Morrison & Foerster LLP attorneys on Wednesday for acting in bad faith, saying they owe attorneys' fees after getting a proposed consumer class action removed to arbitration only to reveal they had no intention of arbitrating the claims.
A South Carolina federal judge held Wednesday that a couple must arbitrate their claims stemming from Amazon.com Inc.’s sale of allegedly defective solar eclipse glasses that put wearers at risk of injuries like headaches and eye damage, saying they are both bound by the arbitration provision in the website terms.
Retired National Hockey League players who say the league hid the dangers of repeated head trauma and ignored scientific evidence linking the sport with long-term brain diseases will not immediately seek to appeal the denial of their bid to bring their claims in a class action, one of the lead attorneys for the players confirmed to Law360 Wednesday.
Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP said Wednesday that it has suspended a Miami-based partner after he suggested that a pregnant opposing counsel was using her impending childbirth as a pretext to delay a product liability trial.
Dessert maker Mister Cookie Face LLC cried foul on a bid by its former customer 600 lb. Gorillas Inc. to amend its complaint only days before a trial between the two over the butterfat content in ice cream by adding a claim under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, according to an opposition filed Wednesday in Massachusetts federal court.
A Florida jury on Wednesday hit R.J. Reynolds with roughly $1 million in punitive damages, a day after finding the company bore the majority of the blame for a smoker’s cigarette addiction and resulting vascular and heart diseases and awarding $3.52 million in compensatory damages.
A Texas appeals court on Tuesday rejected Toyota’s bid to undo a trial court’s decision to admit allegedly privileged documents into a suit accusing the automaker of designing defective front seats that collapsed during a crash, severely injuring children in the backseat.
Recent product labeling class actions centering on Starbucks coffee, Tito's Vodka, 5-Hour Energy and other products differ substantially from each other in their claims and the products involved. The fundamental economic differences between these cases mean that cookie-cutter methods are not likely to yield reliable measures of classwide damages, says Jon Tomlin of Navigant Consulting Inc.
Is everything really bigger in Texas? A New York federal court's ruling in Aron v. Bristol-Myers Squibb — apparently the first reported opinion from the Farxiga multidistrict litigation — would have us believe that pharmaceutical manufacturers have bigger tort liability under Texas law. But the court let the plaintiffs slide on a number of key points, says Lora Spencer of Reed Smith LLP.
The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.
At last month's U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission hearing on connected devices and product safety, presenters raised issues ranging from health and privacy concerns to terrorism risks, insurance requirements and product standards. Stakeholders must closely monitor regulatory developments, but also prepare for possible action from Congress, say Heather Capell Bramble and Thomasina Poirot of Venable LLP.
Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.
In April, the Fifth Circuit vacated a jury verdict in the Pinnacle hip implant product liability litigation due to undisclosed payments made to plaintiffs' experts. This issue would not have arisen if Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(a)(2)(C) imposed an affirmative duty to make a complete disclosure regarding compensation of nonretained expert witnesses, says Ekaterina Long of Godwin Bowman & Martinez PC.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's new draft guidance intends to address abuse of risk evaluation mitigation strategies. However, unless legislation gives the FDA the ability to force cooperation, gamesmanship in REMS will continue to be a cost of doing business for drug manufacturers, say Gregory Asciolla and Matthew Perez of Labaton Sucharow LLP.
Durable reform of existing regulations requires hard work. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recently proposed revisions of a core Obama administration midnight rule — the Risk Management Plan program for certain chemical, refining and general manufacturing facilities — demonstrate how this work is done, say attorneys with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.
Established case law holds that a sports participant has no claim against another participant for injuries sustained during play, unless the co-participant intentionally or recklessly injured the other. In the context of concussion-based litigation, courts have grappled with how to apply that standard to entities far removed from the field of play, say Amy Crouch and Kerensa Cassis of Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP.
I agree with the legal pundits speculating that NewLaw’s present and future disruptors will radically change the legal services industry, but that change may not come quite as rapidly as predicted. Regardless, now is the time for both the incumbents and the challengers to best position themselves for the eventual shakeup, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.