Product Liability

  • February 28, 2024

    Amazon Sat On Texts In Alexa Recording Suit, Users Says

    Plaintiffs accusing Amazon of illegally recording them with Alexa devices say the tech giant kept text messages from employees out of discovery, alleging while the company claimed to have never reviewed any texts as part of the suit, a former executive admitted his devices had been scanned. 

  • February 28, 2024

    Family's Suit Over Take-Home Asbestos Death Is Revived

    A Texas appeals court has reinstated a man's suit against Howmet Aerospace Inc. alleging his wife died of asbestosis as a result of cleaning his asbestos-covered clothing for 25 years, saying the trial court was wrong to find that the man hadn't presented any evidence linking that exposure to her death.

  • February 28, 2024

    ​​​​​​​Fiat Says Drivers Can't 'Pick And Choose' Warranty Terms

    A putative class of Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep vehicle owners cannot hold Fiat Chrysler to a promise of lifetime free repairs when the customers failed to hold up their end of the bargain, the automaker argued Wednesday at a hearing in Michigan federal court, asserting that the drivers failed to get required inspections.

  • February 28, 2024

    4 Firms Plan To Co-Lead Suboxone Dental Decay MDL

    Attorneys from Peiffer Wolf Carr Kane Conway & Wise LLP and three other law firms have asked an Ohio federal judge to appoint them co-lead counsel for the new multidistrict litigation over opioid addiction treatment Suboxone allegedly causing dental decay, with 14 other firms seeking appointment to plaintiff leadership committees.

  • February 28, 2024

    BASF Says Insurers Owe Coverage For PFAS Suits

    Major chemical manufacturer BASF Corp. told a South Carolina court Wednesday that 23 insurers should cover thousands of lawsuits that alleged a chemical the company produced for firefighting foam caused pollution and injuries.

  • February 28, 2024

    Product Liability Group Of The Year: Seeger Weiss

    Seeger Weiss LLP's work on securing a landmark $6 billion deal to end the massive litigation brought by veterans and service members who alleged that 3M's combat earplugs harmed their hearing made it one of Law360's Product Liability Groups of the Year.

  • February 28, 2024

    Energy Cos. Urge Justices To Slam Brakes On Climate Suits

    Fossil fuel companies on Wednesday launched a fresh U.S. Supreme Court bid to put an end to climate change torts lodged by state and local governments, asking the justices to review and overturn a refusal by Hawaii's top court to dismiss Honolulu's suit.

  • February 27, 2024

    J&J's CMO Says He Would've Pulled Talc If It Caused Cancer

    The chief medical officer at Johnson & Johnson told jurors Tuesday that his department's review of the scientific literature showed no link between baby powder use and ovarian cancer, saying he would have pulled the product from shelves if they'd found a link.

  • February 27, 2024

    Hot Spot Co., Investors Ask Court To Reconsider $2.4M Deal

    Wireless equipment maker Franklin Wireless Corp. and its investors have again asked a California federal judge to approve their $2.4 million deal to end a lawsuit accusing the company of concealing defects in lithium-ion batteries, saying their revised deal would pay investors $350,000 more than the version the judge rejected last month.

  • February 27, 2024

    PacifiCorp Faces $50M Ask In Latest Wildfire Trial

    Nine Oregonians and a summer camp for the disabled went to trial Tuesday in state court against PacifiCorp, asking a Portland jury to award at least $50 million after a cluster of 2020 wildfires left them with "nowhere to go, but nowhere to return to."

  • February 27, 2024

    Del. Jury Urged To Award $142M Roundup Punitive Damages

    Attorneys for the family of a South Carolina man whose cancer death was allegedly linked to long working use of Monsanto Corp.'s Roundup herbicide asked a Delaware Superior Court jury Tuesday for $142 million in punitive damages for the company's purported disregard of the product's toxic risk.

  • February 27, 2024

    Defense Dept. Looks To Shake Firefighting Foam MDL Claims

    The U.S. Department of Defense on Monday asked a South Carolina federal judge to free it from claims in sprawling multidistrict litigation that its use of forever chemical-containing firefighting foam contaminated drinking water near its facilities.

  • February 27, 2024

    Employers Must Battle AI Bias, Fisher Phillips' AI Chief Says

    Employers embracing artificial intelligence and machine learning tools to automate time-consuming tasks, such as screening resumes and conducting interviews, must ensure those tools don't engage in "algorithm drift" that results in improper bias, which could put a company on the hook legally and ruin its brand reputation, says David Walton, chair of Fisher Phillips' artificial intelligence team.

  • February 27, 2024

    Netflix Keeps Win Over '13 Reasons' Suicide Suit At 9th Circ.

    A Ninth Circuit panel on Tuesday refused to revive a proposed class action alleging Netflix Inc. contributed to a spike in child suicides by pushing its "13 Reasons Why" series about a young girl's suicide onto vulnerable teenagers, saying the lead plaintiff's estate waited too long to sue.

  • February 27, 2024

    GM Calls Auto Parts Co.'s Raid Conspiracy Claim 'Delusional'

    General Motors argued Monday that a Michigan federal judge should toss "delusional" counterclaims from an aftermarket auto parts company in a suit that claims the company is selling replica parts with no license, saying accusations the auto giant lied to spark a government raid are "facially implausible."

  • February 27, 2024

    Hospital Groups Allege Opioid Crisis Damaged Their Finances

    More than 20 hospitals and related companies have joined multidistrict litigation over the opioid epidemic, alleging in a massive new complaint that pharmacies, drug distributors and others contributed to a crisis that damaged hospitals' finances and strained their ability to help patients.

  • February 27, 2024

    Monsanto Wants Further 11th Circ. Roundup Suit Review

    Monsanto has for a second time pressed the full Eleventh Circuit to review a panel ruling that a Georgia doctor's allegations the company failed to warn about cancer risks of using the Roundup weed killer was permitted despite federal pesticide labeling requirements.

  • February 27, 2024

    'Delay' Adds $2.3M To Monsanto's $175M Roundup Judgment

    A Philadelphia judge on Tuesday added approximately $2.3 million in delay damages — a form of prejudgment interest — to a $175 million verdict against Bayer AG unit Monsanto in the case of a man who said using the weed killer Roundup caused him to develop cancer, also rejecting the company's request for a new trial.

  • February 27, 2024

    10th Circ. Backs FDA E-Cigarettes Marketing Denial

    The Tenth Circuit on Tuesday upheld the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's denials of two companies' applications to market flavored e-cigarettes, rejecting their argument that the agency secretly planned to reject any applications without long-term studies.

  • February 27, 2024

    11th Circ. Throws Shade On $40M Sunglasses Repair Deal

    The Eleventh Circuit has eliminated a $40 million settlement of class allegations that the Costa Del Mar sunglasses company deceived customers about its lifetime warranty, siding with objectors who said an inflated value of consumer vouchers in the deal prompted unreasonably large attorney fees.

  • February 27, 2024

    Texas AG Sues Pornhub Owner Over Lack Of Age Verification

    Pornhub's parent company, Aylo Entertainment, was hit with a lawsuit in Texas state court Monday by Attorney General Ken Paxton, who accused the adult entertainment giant of failing to implement age verification systems on its websites that publish sexually explicit content, leaving it open for minors to readily access its platforms.

  • February 27, 2024

    Energy Co. Asks 8th Circ. To Revive Lease Termination Suit

    A Denver-based energy company has told the Eighth Circuit that a North Dakota federal judge was wrong to dismiss its lease termination suit and hold that it had not exhausted its administrative remedies when its appeal of the Bureau of Indian Affairs decision had dragged on for nine-plus years.

  • February 27, 2024

    Insurer Misled Lockheed On Contamination Suit, Court Told

    Lockheed Martin has told a Maryland federal court that its insurer "lured" it into believing for months that it would defend the company against claims that Lockheed's release of various toxic substances contaminated property and injured individuals near its Orlando, Florida, weapons manufacturing facility.

  • February 27, 2024

    Wolverine Can't Get Sanctions Win In PFAS Coverage Fight

    An insurer repeatedly withheld relevant documents from shoewear company Wolverine in a coverage dispute over PFAS chemical injury suits, but the behavior was not egregious and did not cause enough damage to Wolverine's case to merit sanctions, a Michigan special master said Monday.

  • February 27, 2024

    Defective Golf Net Bought At Dick's Harmed Eye, Suit Says

    A man who suffered long-term eye damage from a ricocheting golf ball he launched into an allegedly defective golf net he purchased at Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. has filed suit against the company in Georgia federal court.

Expert Analysis

  • Aviation Watch: 737 Max Blowout Raises Major Safety Issues

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    The sudden in-flight loss of a side panel on an Alaska Air 737-9 Max last month, leaving a gaping hole in the side of the plane's cabin, highlighted ongoing quality issues at Boeing, the jet's manufacturer — but the failure also arose from decisions made by the airline, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and aviation expert.

  • 3 Principles For Minimizing The Risk Of A Nuclear Verdict

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    In one of the latest examples of so-called nuclear verdicts, a single plaintiff was awarded $2.25 billion in a jury trial against Monsanto — revealing the need for defense attorneys to prioritize trust, connection and simplicity when communicating with modern juries, say Jenny Hergenrother and Mia Falzarano at Alston & Bird.

  • Series

    Coaching High School Wrestling Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Coaching my son’s high school wrestling team has been great fun, but it’s also demonstrated how a legal career can benefit from certain experiences, such as embracing the unknown, studying the rules and engaging with new people, says Richard Davis at Maynard Nexsen.

  • Opinion

    New Rule 702 Helps Judges Keep Bad Science Out Of Court

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    A court's recent decision to exclude dubious testimony from the plaintiffs' experts in multidistrict litigation over acetaminophen highlights the responsibility that judges have to keep questionable scientific evidence out of courtrooms, particularly under recent amendments to Federal Rule of Evidence 702, says Sherman Joyce at the American Tort Reform Association.

  • SG's Office Is Case Study To Help Close Legal Gender Gap

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    As women continue to be underrepresented in the upper echelons of the legal profession, law firms could learn from the example set by the Office of the Solicitor General, where culture and workplace policies have helped foster greater gender equality, say attorneys at Ocean Tomo.

  • Opinion

    Proposed Rule Could Impair MDL Flexibility, Harm Plaintiffs

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    While proposed Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 16.1 is intended to enhance the management of multidistrict litigation proceedings, its one-size-fits-all requirements could stifle the flexibility that judges need to address the varying circumstances of MDLs effectively, and jeopardize plaintiffs' ability to pursue justice, say Christopher Seeger and Jennifer Scullion at Seeger Weiss.

  • Googling Prospective Jurors Is Usually A Fool's Errand

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    Though a Massachusetts federal court recently barred Google from Googling potential jurors in a patent infringement case, the company need not worry about missing evidence of bias, because internet research of jury pools usually doesn’t yield the most valuable information — voir dire and questionnaires do, says Sarah Murray at Trialcraft.

  • A Look Into How Jurors Reach High Damages Awards

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    In the wake of several large jury awards, Richard Gabriel and Emily Shaw at Decision Analysis shed light on challenges that jurors have in deciding them, the nonevidentiary and extra-legal methods they use to do so, and new research about the themes and jury characteristics of high-damages jurors.

  • Opinion

    Food Safety Bill Needed To Protect Kids From Heavy Metals

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    The recent announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that hundreds of children may have been exposed to unsafe lead levels in applesauce highlights the continuing failure by Congress to pass legislation that would require baby food manufacturers to ensure safer levels of heavy metals in their products, says Vineet Dubey at Custodio & Dubey.

  • Opinion

    3rd-Party Financiers Have Power To Drive Mass Tort Cases

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    The abnormal recovery premium presented by modern mass tort cases coupled with their deemphasized role for attorneys creates an opportunity for third-party financiers to both create and control these cases, says Samir Parikh at Lewis & Clark Law School.

  • Preparing For A New Wave Of Litigation Under Silicosis Rules

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    After the Division of Occupational Safety and Health of California issued an emergency temporary standard to combat noncompliance with assessments of workers' exposure to particles of crystalline silica, companies that manufacture, distribute or sell silica-containing products will need aggressive case-specific discovery to navigate a new wave of litigation, say attorneys at Dechert.

  • Managing Competing Priorities In Witness Preparation

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    There’s often a divide between what attorneys and witnesses want out of the deposition process, but litigation teams can use several strategies to resolve this tension and help witnesses be more comfortable with the difficult conditions of testifying, say Ava Hernández and Steve Wood at Courtroom Sciences.

  • Reimagining Law Firm Culture To Break The Cycle Of Burnout

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    While attorney burnout remains a perennial issue in the legal profession, shifting post-pandemic expectations mean that law firms must adapt their office cultures to retain talent, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • Opinion

    Gilead Ruling Signals That Innovating Can Lead To Liability

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    A California appeals court's ruling last month in Gilead Life Sciences v. Superior Court of San Francisco that a drug manufacturer can be held liable for delaying the introduction of an improved version of its medication raises concerns about the chilling effects that expansive product liability claims may have on innovation, says Gary Myers at the University of Missouri School of Law.

  • Understanding And Working With The Millennials On Your Jury

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    Every trial attorney will be facing a greater proportion of millennials on their jury, as they now comprise the largest generation in the U.S., and winning them over requires an understanding of their views on politics, corporations and damages, says Clint Townson at Townson Litigation Consulting.

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