An environmental management company has agreed to clean up an area contaminated by hazardous waste that one of its trucks spilled onto an Illinois road, days after the state attorney general filed suit over the incident.
Arguing one Supreme Court case is no mean feat, and only a handful of law firms tackled at least three during the latest high court term. Here’s a look at those high-profile battles, and which firms emerged victorious once the dust settled.
A New York woman has sued Apple Inc. on allegations an Apple Watch spontaneously burned her wrist because of the product's defective design.
A Delaware bankruptcy judge granted Johnson & Johnson more time to seek the removal to federal court of thousands of asbestos-related personal injury cases related to the Chapter 11 case of its talc supplier Imerys Talc America Inc., while holding off on a request from several insurers dealing with liability arising from claims.
A Pennsylvania federal judge has found that state law bars a woman from pursuing strict liability claims over complications she suffered from a C.R. Bard Inc. pelvic mesh implant, but asked the Third Circuit to help decide the issue in the absence of binding precedent by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
The third time was not the charm for diet soda drinkers Thursday when the Second Circuit rejected an appeal in a suit claiming the "diet" labeling on Diet Coke was misleading, the third such suit against diet soda makers the panel has heard — and dismissed — since March.
The head of Oklahoma's drug treatment efforts took offense Wednesday to a Johnson & Johnson attorney's suggestion during a combative cross-examination that the state itself bears some responsibility for the opioid crisis, fighting back tears as she said J&J was "dropping bombs" with its drug marketing and then blaming its victims for not building bomb shelters.
Allstate Insurance Co. and Electrolux Home Products Inc. have reached mediated settlements on nearly a dozen lawsuits over allegedly defective clothes dryers that caught fire, and more such deals may be on their way, according to a federal court filing in Pennsylvania.
Northern California wildfire victims have until Oct. 21 to file proof of claims against Pacific Gas and Electric Co., a California federal bankruptcy judge ruled Wednesday, over objections from Elizabeth Cabraser of Lieff Cabraser that more time is needed to reach fire victims via targeted online ads and traditional media.
Bayer AG on Wednesday said that it has tapped Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP's John Beisner to advise the company on the ongoing litigation over its weedkiller Roundup.
A Florida appeals court on Wednesday reversed a jury verdict in favor of R.J. Reynolds in an Engle progeny case, saying that the verdict against a deceased smoker was based on speculation.
An Illinois city has ended its lawsuit accusing two utilities of polluting the Chicago suburb with abandoned leaky gas pipelines after a judge said the case was unlikely to succeed, according to a court filing made public Tuesday.
Mercedes-Benz USA LLC, Daimler AG and Robert Bosch LLC cannot pursue an early appeal of a New Jersey federal judge’s recent decision keeping alive the bulk of a racketeering class action that claims they knowingly sold diesel vehicles rigged with emissions-cheating software.
A doctor admitted Wednesday to taking cash from Insys Inc. to prescribe its Subsys painkiller to patients, becoming the second of five New York physicians charged in Manhattan federal court to admit guilt in an anti-kickback prosecution.
The head of Oklahoma's Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services took the stand Tuesday as the state's final witness in its trailblazing trial seeking to hold Johnson & Johnson liable for the opioid crisis, testifying that without a J&J-funded abatement plan, "more Oklahomans will die."
A group of Pacific Gas and Electric noteholders told a California bankruptcy court Tuesday that the utility has had enough time to present its Chapter 11 plan and that they should be allowed to put forward their own $30 billion proposal to turn the company around.
The Ohio federal judge overseeing the opioid multidistrict litigation appeared receptive Tuesday to an inventive proposal to create a class of local governments to negotiate a global settlement with drug companies accused of fueling the addiction crisis, saying novel problems need novel solutions.
TGI Friday’s Inc. told a Manhattan federal judge on Tuesday that it will seek to junk a lawsuit claiming it misled customers by selling “potato skin” chips that allegedly contained no potato skins, as the aggrieved snacker signaled openness to a settlement.
Stem cell therapy patients accusing a provider of wrongfully marketing and selling stem cell treatments nationwide have attained class certification by a whisker, as a California federal judge cautioned of "dangers down the road" in the "complex and troubling case."
The Ninth Circuit won't let customers certify a class in California in a suit accusing Colgate-Palmolive Co. of falsely advertising that its Optic White toothpaste whitens teeth.
CSX Transportation has opposed an effort to certify a class action lawsuit for residents of a western Pennsylvania town evacuated during a fiery 2017 train derailment, since the inconvenience, cost and fear suffered by the 1,000-plus evacuees varied so widely from person to person.
A Florida federal judge granted Travelers Indemnity Co. of Connecticut and Phoenix Insurance Co. permission Monday to claw back about $270,000 in defense costs they had advanced to an engineering company that was sued over the deadly collapse of a pedestrian bridge near Miami.
A New Jersey federal court approved a settlement of potentially $500,000 between an Edgewater, New Jersey, luxury apartment complex developer and former residents who were temporarily displaced by a 2015 fire at one of the developer's properties.
A company claiming it bought a yacht with a faulty engine can't retry its $1 million claim against the American manufacturer because it didn’t prove it was entitled to damages, not even for the vessel’s scrap parts, the Seventh Circuit said Tuesday.
An Oklahoma state judge has signed off on an $85 million deal between Teva Pharmaceuticals and the state of Oklahoma, putting to rest the state’s suit over the company’s alleged role in the opioid crisis, according to a consent order entered Monday.
Recent and upcoming vapor intrusion policies from California environmental regulators will increase the number of properties investigated, shift the focus to indoor air sampling, and possibly affect real estate transactions, say Catherine Johnson and Dorothy Dickey of Environmental General Counsel LLP.
The U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous ruling on Wednesday in Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP removes nearly all activities taken by creditors seeking nonjudicial foreclosure of liens and mortgages from the ambit of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, says John Baxter of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.
Trial counsel’s contribution to the virtual law team throughout the life cycle of a mass tort litigation rests in the key skill of viewing the case through the eyes of the ultimate audience for the defense, the jury, say attorneys at Covington & Burling LLP and Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.
These days, a popular theme in media is that lawyers' jobs will be taken by robots. However, based on the tech issues discussed at the South by Southwest technology conference in Austin, Texas, last month, robots may in fact need lawyers, says Nick Abrahams of Norton Rose Fulbright.
In Cassidy v. China Vitamins, the Illinois Supreme Court overturned previous interpretations of Illinois law that shielded nonmanufacturer defendants in strict product liability cases. Distributors and retailers may now find it useful to take a hard look at the value of their relationships with lawsuit-prone foreign manufacturers, says Symone Shinton of Greenberg Traurig LLP.
You passed the bar exam and are ready for the character and fitness committee interview. Time to think about how to discuss that minor incident in college, that misdemeanor in high school or that mental health issue that you have totally under control, says Richard Maltz of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.
In recent years, the U.S. Department of Justice has shown some reluctance to bring cases involving off-label promotion of pharmaceutical products, but this type of marketing remains the driving force behind many product liability and mass tort litigations, say Dae Lee and Jesse Dresser of Frier Levitt LLC.
The U.S. Supreme Court's recent opinion in Nutraceutical v. Lambert held that Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(f)’s 14-day limit for class certification appeals is not subject to equitable tolling, presenting important lessons for both the winners and losers of class certification orders, say attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels.
My initial reaction to "Doing Justice" was that author Preet Bharara may have bitten off more than he could chew — an accusation leveled against him when he served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York — but I found the book full of helpful gems, says U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant of the Southern District of California.
Though most experts believe that an imminent recession is unlikely, slowdown fears are increasing. Now is the time for firms to consider how to best leverage their communications and marketing teams to lessen impacts from a potential economic slowdown, says Tom Orewyler of Tom Orewyler Communications LLC.
The Federal Aviation Administration is often criticized for being a captive of the industries it regulates, but last week's FAA order grounding Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft resulted from presidential pressure. When such considerations override the agency's professional judgments, the traveling public suffers, says Alan Hoffman, a retired product liability attorney and private pilot.
With the U.S. Department of Energy proposing to rewrite its process for determining energy efficiency standards under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, appliance manufacturers and importers must understand how these changes may affect their products, say attorneys with Crowell & Moring LLP.
While the Federal Trade Commission is mandated to defend the integrity of "made in USA" labels, settlements in recent years have established a trend of failing to punish even the most egregious of fraudulent claims, says Anson Smuts of O'Keefe.
A recent Law360 guest article suggested that law firms representing states and municipalities against opioid manufacturers are unscrupulous for working on a contingency basis. But these plaintiffs cannot afford the enormous costs and need contingency-based lawyers, says David Scott of Scott & Scott Attorneys at Law LLP.
Social media presents rich opportunities to reach prospective clients. Attorneys should not let those opportunities pass them by, but they should keep their ethical obligations in mind as they post, says Cort Sylvester of Nilan Johnson Lewis PA.