A U.S. bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s settlement with victims of the fatal 2017 Northern California Tubbs wildfire, buoying the utility's assertion that its reorganization plan is on track to meet a June confirmation deadline required to access the state's $21 billion wildfire fund.
The Washington Legal Foundation has urged the Fourth Circuit to vacate a district court order that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration impose a May 2020 deadline for e-cigarette makers to submit applications for new tobacco products, saying the lower court overstepped its authority.
A California judge on Wednesday rejected a woman's request for a new trial in a case alleging Johnson & Johnson's baby powder gave her mesothelioma, saying a recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration finding of asbestos in the company's talc doesn't outweigh the evidence presented at the October trial.
Toyota's 2019 and 2020 RAV4 Hybrid vehicles come with a defect that prevents the fuel tank from being filled to capacity, an issue the carmaker knows about but has chosen not to warn consumers of, a California man claimed in a proposed class action filed Wednesday.
Johnson & Johnson Co., Bausch Health Co., Target, Walgreen Co. and a slew of other companies have been hit with a suit alleging they're violating a controversial California law by not including labels on talcum products warning consumers those products can cause cancer.
The Boeing Co. has known for decades that the air in most of its planes can get contaminated and severely injure passengers but has failed to substantively research or address the issue, three former flight attendants claimed in Illinois state court Tuesday.
A New York federal judge on Wednesday grilled attorneys for a former pharmaceutical executive facing drug trafficking charges over his alleged role in the opioid crisis, questioning why the novelty of the narcotics case against him means the charge can’t stand.
An Alabama magistrate judge on Wednesday trimmed a suit alleging Walmart Inc. falsely advertised a line of nutritional shakes as benefiting expectant mothers and their children, finding that the complaint did not support claims that phrases touting the shakes' nutritional value were false.
An Ohio refinery co-owned by a BP PLC unit and Canada's Husky Energy Inc. has agreed to pay $2.6 million to settle alleged violations of air pollution laws, including violations of a previous settlement inked by the refinery.
More than a dozen states led by New York on Wednesday launched a D.C. Circuit challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s rollback of Obama-era chemical safety regulations, following environmental groups and unions that are fighting the deregulatory move.
The full Third Circuit declined Tuesday to reconsider a panel's ruling that GlaxoSmithKline must face a lawsuit brought by union health and welfare funds over marketing of its diabetes drug Avandia because federal law doesn't preempt state law consumer claims.
A federal jury has awarded over $3 million to Los Angeles oil terminal owner Vopak Americas after finding that a contractor hired to test Vopak’s lines, CMAC Construction, was liable for an oil spill that happened when valves were left open overnight and allegedly necessitated a multi-month, $6 million cleanup.
A pair of Massachusetts men suing Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. over claims that the company lied about artificial flavors in its drinks can't intervene in a $5.4 million settlement in a California case with the same allegations, a California federal judge ruled Wednesday, saying they haven't shown they have a protected interest in the deal.
In a bid to have his appeal heard before starting a 5½-year prison sentence, Insys Therapeutics Inc. founder John Kapoor said the government unfairly biased the jury against him by painting him as a drug dealer despite the judge overseeing the case deciding that accusation could not stand.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned the maker of Purell to stop marketing the hand sanitizer as reducing or preventing diseases, including the Ebola virus and the flu, citing a lack of "adequate and well-controlled studies" backing up those claims, according to a warning letter sent earlier this month.
GoPro Inc.'s executives exaggerated the prospects of the company's Karma drone and HERO5 camera, causing GoPro's stock price to tank, but not before the executives sold their own shares for millions of dollars, according to an investor lawsuit filed Monday in Delaware Chancery Court.
Families of two men killed in a 2018 drilling rig explosion won a $20 million verdict in an Oklahoma state court trial Monday, but the jury found sole defendant National Oilwell Varco only 10% responsible for their deaths.
A coal company executive and a former Balch & Bingham environmental partner told the Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday that their convictions for bribing an Alabama legislator to help dodge Superfund cleanup liability should be reversed because jurors could not have found that they paid the lawmaker for his vote.
Consumers gearing up to face Volkswagen in an upcoming bellwether trial urged a California federal judge Monday to allow former FBI Director Louis J. Freeh to testify as their damages expert, rejecting the German automaker's claims that Freeh has confidential information concerning its "clean diesel" emissions litigation.
A California federal court has sent a proposed class action claiming Fitbit’s wearable activity trackers regularly fall off users' wrists to arbitration, finding the plaintiff “clearly and unmistakably” agreed to do so when accepting the terms and conditions of his Fitbit device.
In order to curb the spread of potentially dangerous vapes from the illicit market, regulators should lower taxes on the cannabis industry and expedite the process of granting licenses in more jurisdictions, a marijuana trade lobby said in a report released Tuesday.
A proposed class of sports drink buyers in California, New York and Pennsylvania sued the makers of BodyArmor SuperDrink on Tuesday, saying despite the company’s claims that it is a “better” and “more natural” way to hydrate, the beverage is really a “dressed-up soda masquerading as a health drink.”
A special master in the opioid multidistrict litigation in Ohio on Monday outlined what data pharmacies have to turn over to local governments in the litigation, including information on non-opioids that are associated with "doctor-shopping."
A Florida federal judge on Tuesday tossed a suit alleging Bacardi USA Inc. used a harmful and illegal ingredient in its gin, saying the state statute the buyer leaned on was preempted by federal law and he hadn’t shown he suffered any sort of harm from the drink.
Prosecutors urged a Massachusetts federal judge on Monday to reject a bid by former Insys Therapeutics Inc. executive Michael J. Gurry to pause his 33-month prison sentence over his role in an opioid bribery scheme in order to await the outcome of his appeal, saying a delay is unwarranted.
As personal injury claims related to exploding lithium-ion batteries in vaping devices increase, defendants must understand the challenges facing both sides to increase the chance of avoiding liability, say Edward Abbot and David Freed of Hawkins Parnell.
In the final part of this video series, Charles Knauss and Daniel Grucza of Hunton outline approaches companies can take to deal with litigation over per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, as federal and state regulations and laws around PFAS are in flux.
In the first part of this two-part video series, Charles Knauss and Daniel Grucza of Hunton discuss how Congress is exploring regulatory action for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, and how states are already beginning to implement their own regulations for the chemicals.
Replacing hourly billing with flat-fee arrangements, especially for appellate work, will leave attorneys feeling free to spend as much time as necessary to produce their highest quality work, says Lawrence Ebner of Capital Appellate Advocacy.
Although the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were amended to provide a uniform standard of culpability for spoliation, cases with similar facts are still reaching differing results because the rule does not specify how a court should evaluate a party's intent, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton.
Following the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Oct. 29 rule establishing a regulatory framework for hemp production, industry players are increasingly seeking to fortify their business plans with intellectual property, whether to secure a competitive edge or increase company valuation, says Pauline Pelletier of Sterne Kessler.
Managing class action settlement issues like notice, fraud and judicial standards may become more complex and expensive as new obstacles, such as the California Consumer Privacy Act, come into play next year, says Jeanne Finegan at HF Media.
Requests for proposals, the standard tool of companies evaluating law firms, are becoming better suited to the legal industry, says Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group.
BorgWarner's deal to sell off its asbestos liabilities this week confirms that such sales are a viable corporate strategy that can be less expensive than, and offer disclosure advantages over, prepackaged bankruptcy and loss portfolio insurance. But they still come with a cost, and can raise trust and security issues, says Stephen Hoke of Hoke LLC.
With last week’s settlement of a bellwether case in the national prescription opiate multidistrict litigation as one example, a shift toward more expeditious and individualized MDLs is taking place, with the potential to effect profound change in the U.S. legal space, say Alan Fuchsberg and Alex Dang of the Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm.
My parents' contentious, drawn-out divorce was one of the worst experiences of my life. But it taught me how to be resilient — and ultimately led me to leave corporate litigation for a career in family law, helping other families during their own difficult times, says Sheryl Seiden of Seiden Family Law.
In mass tort litigation, defendants sometimes find themselves litigating similar claims in the U.S. and Canada, but extending a virtual law team across the border raises collaboration challenges for American and Canadian counsel, who find themselves on very different playing fields, say attorneys at Fasken, Eli Lilly and FaegreBD.
Federal and state authorities have recently taken action against plaintiffs law firms' advertisements insinuating that many medications and devices are inherently dangerous — and more regulatory pushback may follow, says Katie Insogna of DLA Piper.
Cannabis-related businesses operate in one of the most challenging regulatory environments of any consumer sector, such that specialized legal services are required to avoid disastrous consequences to companies, principals and investors, say Ian Stewart of Wilson Elser and Garrett Graff of Hoban.
The Ohio attorney general's recent attempt to stop local governments from suing opioid manufacturers disregards the vital role cities and counties play in protecting their citizens, including by demanding accountability in court, says Fordham University School of Law professor Nestor Davidson.