Product Liability

  • March 06, 2024

    NTSB Chief Says Boeing Isn't Sharing Info In Blowout Probe

    The National Transportation Safety Board's chief told a Senate panel Wednesday that The Boeing Co. still hasn't provided information about the door plug that blew off a 737 Max 9 jet two months ago, fueling troubling new questions as Boeing faces multiple probes into its safety culture and quality control.

  • March 06, 2024

    NY Gets $7.8M Default Win Against Seller Of 'Ghost Gun' Kits

    A New York federal judge on Monday awarded the state $7.8 million in a default judgment against Indie Guns LLC, which was accused of selling "ghost guns," noting the company has been without an attorney for a year.

  • March 06, 2024

    Fla. Law Blocks Punitive Damages In Smoker Death Suit

    A Florida appeals panel on Wednesday denied a woman's bid for punitive damages against Philip Morris USA Inc. in a wrongful death suit, saying the trial court properly found that a state law blocks the damages.

  • March 06, 2024

    PacifiCorp Must Pay $42.4M To Oregon Fire Victims, Jury Says

    A Portland jury said Tuesday that electric power company PacifiCorp must pay $42.4 million to compensate another 10 victims of devastating Labor Day fires that burned in Oregon in 2020, with thousands more class members awaiting potential trials.

  • March 06, 2024

    Otterbourg Formalizes Bankruptcy, Mass Torts Practice Group

    As many BigLaw firms continue chasing bankruptcy talent, Otterbourg PC announced the formalization of a cross-departmental mass tort bankruptcy practice group under the leadership of a recently hired restructuring attorney and a longtime Otterbourg litigator.

  • March 06, 2024

    Power Co. Can't Escape Explosion Fraud Claim

    An infrastructure supply company can't toss a fraud claim brought by an industrial company's insurers in a suit seeking to recoup $18.7 million in damages for a manufacturing facility explosion, an Ohio federal court ruled, finding that the carriers can bring both a breach of contract claim and a fraud claim.

  • March 05, 2024

    Poland Springs Sued Over Microplastics In 'Natural' Water

    Poland Springs is being falsely marketed as "100% natural spring water," a description that isn't accurate thanks to the "dangerous levels of microplastics" found in the bottled water, according to a proposed class action filed Tuesday in New York federal court.

  • March 05, 2024

    Tank Car Cos. Can Inspect Derailed Train Parts, Judge Says

    An Ohio federal magistrate judge said Tuesday that the National Transportation Safety Board must allow rail tank car owners facing claims in sprawling consolidated litigation to inspect crucial components from the Norfolk Southern train that derailed in East Palestine last year.

  • March 05, 2024

    Gibson Dunn AI Leader On Weathering The AI Policy Blizzard

    Like a mountaineer leading a team through a snowstorm, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP's artificial intelligence co-chair Cassandra L. Gaedt-Sheckter is guiding companies developing and using artificial intelligence through a blizzard of new laws and regulations coming online in Europe and the U.S., saying that assessing AI risks is the North Star to mitigating them.

  • March 05, 2024

    Pharmacist Takes Deal In Mich. Over Fatal Meningitis Outbreak

    The founder of a Massachusetts drug compounding center that was the source of a deadly meningitis outbreak has pled no contest to 11 counts of manslaughter brought by Michigan state prosecutors, the latter state's Department of Attorney General announced Tuesday.

  • March 05, 2024

    Texas Court Clears Gun Dealer In Suit Over Woman's Suicide

    A suit accusing sporting goods giant Academy Sports + Outdoor of negligently selling a handgun to a woman who used it to kill herself was properly dismissed, a Texas appeals court ruled Tuesday, saying that because the company's sale was lawful it can't be blamed for her death.

  • March 05, 2024

    FTC Chair Decries PE's Healthcare Impacts As Probe Starts

    Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan on Tuesday lamented what she deemed the "financialization" of healthcare resulting from private equity buyouts, in remarks coinciding with the launch of a multijurisdictional request for public comment on PE and other companies' growing control over the healthcare system.

  • March 05, 2024

    Social Media Created Public Nuisance, Schools Say

    School districts on Monday urged a California federal judge not to toss their suits in multidistrict litigation alleging that social media giants like Meta Platforms Inc. and Snap Inc. purposefully addict minors, saying that their deliberate targeting of students during the school day created a public nuisance.

  • March 05, 2024

    Meta Tells Chancery It Didn't 'Utterly Fail' To Stop Exploitation

    Shareholders accusing Meta's leaders of "utterly failing" to eliminate pedophilia, human trafficking and child sexual exploitation on its social media platforms didn't ask enough about the company's efforts and haven't shown any "corporate trauma," an attorney for Meta's board told Delaware's Court of Chancery on Tuesday.

  • March 05, 2024

    Ohio Pot Facility Explosion Sparks Suit Against Lighting Co.

    An Ohio cannabis grower and its insurer accused a lighting products company of failing to warn them about the dangers of its merchandise after one of its lamps allegedly exploded in a growth facility, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage.

  • March 05, 2024

    FDA Rejection Of Fosamax's Label Fix Not Final, 3rd Circ. Told

    Counsel for patients suing Merck over its osteoporosis drug Fosamax's alleged risk of causing painful bone fractures told a Third Circuit panel Tuesday that a Food and Drug Administration letter denying changes to the drug's label does not count as a final agency action triggering federal preemption of state law failure to warn claims.

  • March 05, 2024

    Cheese Producer Cops To Selling Listeria-Tainted Products

    A former New York raw milk cheese manufacturer and his company pled guilty Tuesday to introducing cheese into the market that was linked to a deadly outbreak of listeriosis.

  • March 05, 2024

    Monsanto Nabs 1st Win In Philly's Roundup Trial Blitz

    A Philadelphia jury on Tuesday cleared Monsanto of liability in a Pennsylvania cancer patient's suit alleging he developed his illness after using the weed killer Roundup, handing the company its first win in the venue where plaintiffs have won more than $2.5 billion in damages on tort claims over the Bayer AG unit's signature product.

  • March 05, 2024

    J&J Trial Over Doctor's Cancer Death Ends In Hung Jury

    A Florida state judge declared a mistrial Tuesday after jurors said they were "hopelessly deadlocked" over whether Johnson & Johnson's baby powder caused the cancer that killed a Miami anesthesiologist.

  • March 05, 2024

    Hemp Cos. Say NY Regulations Will Sink Industry In State

    A group of hemp product makers, distributors and sellers are suing the New York State Cannabis Control Board and Office of Cannabis Management in federal court, saying newly adopted regulations will hamstring the industry and cost the businesses millions.

  • March 04, 2024

    Nestle Misbranded Perrier As Natural Mineral Water, Suit Says

    Nestle USA Inc. was hit with a proposed class action Monday claiming that the multinational food and beverage conglomerate misled consumers as to the purity of its Perrier mineral water because the water actually comes from a contaminated spring that requires filtration and treatment.

  • March 04, 2024

    Apple Inks Deal To End Derivative Suit Over Slow IPhones

    Apple investors are urging a California federal judge to approve a noncash settlement of their derivative shareholder suit claiming the tech giant's top brass secretly slowed older iPhones, saying the deal will bring needed board committee reforms and notify consumers about battery options when their phones' performance degrades.

  • March 04, 2024

    Tobacco Cos. Urge DC Circ. To Ax Broad Health Warning Order

    Tobacco giants R.J. Reynolds and ITG Brands have backed a bid to overturn a D.C. district court order classifying Philip Morris USA's electronic tobacco devices, called HeatSticks, as "cigarettes," thereby subjecting them to the same marketing requirements that warn consumers of the negative health effects of smoking.

  • March 04, 2024

    Pot User Cites Bruen In Bid To Escape Gun Charge Indictment

    A man who police say fired a shotgun at his neighbor's front door is looking to evade criminal charges related to having and transferring a gun while using marijuana, filing a dismissal bid to the same judge who declared identical charges levied on the defendant's wife unconstitutional.

  • March 04, 2024

    Camp Lejeune Plaintiffs Say Specific Illness Link Is Not Required

    Litigants in the Camp Lejeune contaminated-water litigation on Sunday told a North Carolina federal court that Congress set a unique standard to show that their illnesses were caused by exposure to the water at the Marine base, given that it's been decades since some veterans were first exposed.

Expert Analysis

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    Private Equity Owners Can Remedy Law Firms' Agency Issues

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    Nonlawyer, private-equity ownership of law firms can benefit shareholders and others vulnerable to governance issues such as disparate interests, and can in turn help resolve agency problems, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

  • Opinion

    Proving Causation Is Key To Fairness And Justice

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    Ongoing litigation over talc and acetaminophen highlights the important legal distinction between correlation and causation — and is a reminder that, while individuals should be compensated for injuries, blameless parties should be protected from unjust claims, say Drew Kershen at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, and Henry Miller at the American Council on Science and Health.

  • Opinion

    Calif. Ruling Got It Wrong On Trial Courts' Gatekeeping Role

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    Ten years after the California Supreme Court reshaped trial judges’ role in admitting expert opinion testimony, a state appeals court's Bader v. Johnson & Johnson ruling appears to undermine this precedent and will likely create confusion about the scope of trial courts’ gatekeeping responsibility, say Robert Wright and Nicole Hood at Horvitz & Levy.

  • Navigating PFAS Compliance With FDA, Emerging State Laws

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    As PFAS food packaging regulation intensifies at the state level, businesses should consider how federal action and possible preemption from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration may affect their compliance plans, say attorneys at Holland & Knight.

  • How To Protect Atty-Client Privilege While Using Generative AI

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    When using generative artificial intelligence tools, attorneys should consider several safeguards to avoid breaches or complications in attorney-client privilege, say Antonious Sadek and Christopher Campbell at DLA Piper.

  • Opinion

    HIV Drug Case Against Gilead Threatens Medical Innovation

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    The California Court of Appeals should dismiss claims alleging that Gilead should be held liable for not bringing an HIV treatment to market sooner, or else the biopharmaceutical industry could be disincentivized from important development and innovation, says James Stansel at Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.

  • How New Lawyers Can Leverage Feedback For Growth

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    Embracing constructive criticism as a tool for success can help new lawyers accelerate their professional growth and law firms build a culture of continuous improvement, says Katie Aldrich at Fringe Professional Development.

  • Bracing For Rising Cyber-Related False Claims Act Scrutiny

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    Two recent cyber-related False Claims Act cases illustrate the vulnerability of government contractors, including universities, obliged to self-attest compliance with multiple controls, signal the importance of accurate internal controls and underline the benefits of self-disclosure, say Townsend Bourne and Nikole Snyder at Sheppard Mullin.

  • What New EPA Enforcement Initiatives Mean For Industry

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    With the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recent announcement that climate change, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, and coal ash will be major investigation and enforcement targets in the coming years, the oil and gas, chemical, and waste management sectors should anticipate increased scrutiny, say Jonathan Brightbill and Madalyn Feiger at Winston & Strawn.

  • Concerns For 510(k) Sponsors After FDA Proposes Major Shift

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    While there may be public health benefits from modernizing the 510(k) process for clearing medical devices, recent draft guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Devices and Radiological Health leaves meaningful open questions about the legal and regulatory implications of the new approach, and potential practical challenges, say attorneys at Covington.

  • Minn. Product Case Highlights Challenges Of Misuse Defense

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    The recent decision by a Minnesota federal court in McDougall v. CRC Industries illustrates that even where a product that is clearly being misused results in personal injuries, manufacturers cannot necessarily rely on the misuse defense to absolve them of liability exposure, says Timothy Freeman at Tanenbaum Keale.

  • In Ga., Promptness Is Key To Setting Aside Default Judgments

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    The Georgia Court of Appeals' recent vacating of a lower court's decision to set aside a default judgment against Samsung Electronics America is a reminder of the processes and arguments provided by Georgia's statutes for challenging default judgments — including the importance of responding quickly, says Katy Robertson at Swift Currie.

  • Twitter Legal Fees Suit Offers Crash Course In Billing Ethics

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    X Corp.'s suit alleging that Wachtell grossly inflated its fees in the final days of Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition provides a case study in how firms should protect their reputations by hewing to ethical billing practices and the high standards for professional conduct that govern attorney-client relationships, says Lourdes Fuentes at Karta Legal.

  • ABA's Money-Laundering Resolution Is A Balancing Act

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    While the American Bar Association’s recently passed resolution recognizes a lawyer's duty to discontinue representation that could facilitate money laundering and other fraudulent activity, it preserves, at least for now, the delicate balance of judicial, state-based regulation of the legal profession and the sanctity of the attorney-client relationship, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • 2 High Court Cases Could Upend Administrative Law Bedrock

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    Next term, the U.S. Supreme Court will be deciding two cases likely to change the nature and shape of agency-facing litigation in perpetuity, and while one will clarify or overturn Chevron, far more is at stake in the other, say Dan Wolff and Henry Leung at Crowell & Moring.

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