Product Liability

  • February 26, 2024

    Feds Want PacifiCorp To Cover $1B Ore., Calif. Wildfire Costs

    PacifiCorp revealed in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing Monday that the U.S. Department of Justice is potentially looking to collect more than $1 billion from the company to cover costs related to 2020 wildfires in Oregon and California, even threatening to take one matter to court.

  • February 26, 2024

    Altria Unit Drops Suit Against Dozens Of Vape Makers

    Altria Group Inc. subsidiary NJOY has quietly dropped a California federal lawsuit accusing more than 30 vape product makers of breaking state and federal laws by selling flavored tobacco products that are forbidden in the Golden State.

  • February 26, 2024

    Bayer Beats Flintstone Vitamin Buyers' Cert. Bid, For Now

    A California federal judge has refused to certify a class of consumers claiming that Bayer's Flintstones multivitamin gummies are falsely labeled as "complete," ruling that their named plaintiff isn't an adequate class representative, but giving consumers a chance to select a new named plaintiff and try again.

  • February 26, 2024

    Family Dollar OKs Record $41.7M Deal With DOJ Over Rodents

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday announced that Family Dollar Stores LLC will pay $41.7 million after pleading guilty to storing food and drugs in unsanitary conditions at a rodent-infested warehouse, in what federal prosecutors called the largest monetary penalty in a food safety case.

  • February 26, 2024

    Nestle Fights Class Cert. In Child Labor Labeling Suit

    Nestle USA Inc. urged a California federal judge on Friday to reject a shopper's bid to certify multiple classes of Golden State consumers challenging the company's "sustainably sourced" chocolate labels, arguing that the proposed classes can't "lump together" nearly 60 different labels on different products.

  • February 26, 2024

    FAA Review Panel Flags 'Disconnect' In Boeing Safety Culture

    Boeing's overall safety culture is still "inadequate" and "disconnected" despite strengthening internal safety protocols in the five years since two fatal 737 Max 8 jet crashes, according to a new report from a Federal Aviation Administration review panel.

  • February 26, 2024

    Medical Device Companies Settle Ga. Wrongful Death Suit

    Two medical alert device companies have settled a Georgia man's allegations that their negligent handling of his mother's distress call led to her death, avoiding a looming trial in the case, according to a filing Monday in Peach State federal court.

  • February 26, 2024

    SoCal Edison Will Pay 'Record' $80M To End Thomas Fire Suit

    Southern California Edison Co. has agreed to shell out $80 million to resolve a lawsuit in California federal court alleging the utility company caused the 2017 Thomas Fire that scorched large sections of the Los Padres National Forest, the U.S. Department of Justice announced on Monday.

  • February 26, 2024

    Disney Sued Over Woman's Death From Allergen-Filled Meal

    A New York man whose wife died of an allergic reaction after eating at an Irish restaurant at Walt Disney World is suing both the restaurant and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts for negligence, asserting they were repeatedly assured that the food they were served was free of allergens.

  • February 26, 2024

    'Rebel Alliance' Seeks Court Rescue In Opioid Discovery Clash

    A discovery dispute that includes references to the Rebel Alliance in the movie "Star Wars" and accusations of circumventing court rules — in a galaxy closer to Ohio — is headed before a federal judge handling multidistrict litigation over the opioid epidemic.

  • February 26, 2024

    Two Indicted In $3.9M Fraudulent Business Email Scheme

    The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that a federal grand jury indicted two men for an email conspiracy that duped an asbestos abatement company and a shipping company into depositing about $3.9 million into their own bank accounts instead of the intended.

  • February 26, 2024

    Energizer Zaps Most Portable-Charger False Ad Claims

    An Illinois federal judge has trimmed the bulk of a proposed class action alleging Energizer Brands misled customers as to the number of times its power banks can charge smartphones, saying further testing is needed to substantiate allegations the chargers don't perform as advertised.

  • February 26, 2024

    Banks Say Brazil Pollution Suit In NY Is In Wrong Country

    Four leading financial institutions are urging a New York federal judge to throw out a pair of proposed class suits accusing them of enabling environmental degradation in Brazil by lending $17.2 million to Brazilian mining company Vale SA, arguing the claims don't belong in the United States because they are "all about Brazil."

  • February 26, 2024

    Railcar Cos. Want Out Of Pa. Schools' Derailment Suit

    A trio of railcar companies told a federal court that a group of Pennsylvania school districts can't rope them into litigation over the Norfolk Southern derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, arguing in briefs Friday that the schools didn't sufficiently link them to the harm allegedly suffered from the derailment and chemical spill.

  • February 26, 2024

    Lyft Can't Escape Claims Its Driver Failed To Protect Teenager

    A Connecticut federal judge won't let Lyft out of a suit alleging one of its drivers drove a 14-year-old out of state to a location where she was sexually abused, saying the girl's family is allowed to amend its complaint.

  • February 26, 2024

    Jury Awards Woodworking Co. $158K Over 'Lemon' Machine

    A Georgia federal jury has found that the manufacturer of a high-tech woodworking machine breached warranty duties to the device's buyer, awarding nearly $160,000 to a Massachusetts business that alleged it was sold a "lemon" of a machine.

  • February 26, 2024

    Product Liability Group Of The Year: Covington

    Covington & Burling LLP's product liability group helped McKesson Corp. notch a trial win in the nationwide opioid litigation and secured a dismissal of claims against Hain Celestial Group Inc. over allegations that their baby food contained dangerous amounts of heavy metals, earning the group a spot as one of Law360's Product Liability Groups of the Year.

  • February 26, 2024

    NJ, Solvay Push Back Against Town's Bid To Pause PFAS Deal

    New Jersey and the American arm of Belgian chemical company Solvay have slammed a Garden State town's bid to pause final approval of a $393 million settlement over "forever chemical" contamination, calling it disingenuous and arguing such a move would only delay the assistance the settlement would provide towns impacted by the pollution.

  • February 26, 2024

    BP, Chevron Lose 4th Circ. Fight Over Climate Suit Venue

    The Fourth Circuit on Monday rejected the latest attempt by BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil and other oil titans to go to federal court to litigate complaints that accuse them of lying about fossil fuels' climate effects, joining multiple courts in reasoning that the claims don't invoke federal law.

  • February 24, 2024

    Up Next At High Court: Social Media Laws & Bump Stocks

    The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments related to three big-ticket cases this week in a pair of First Amendment challenges to Florida and Texas laws prohibiting social media platforms from removing content or users based on their viewpoints and a dispute over the federal government's authority to ban bump stocks.

  • February 23, 2024

    Gun Cos. Can't End New York AG's Ghost Gun Crisis Suit

    A New York federal judge Friday largely denied a dismissal bid by gun distributors accused by New York Attorney General Letitia James of selling gun parts that can be easily converted into "ghost guns" to customers without background checks, rejecting the distributors' argument that the state's claims infringe on the Second Amendment.

  • February 23, 2024

    Hershey Wants Suit Over Metals In Chocolate Axed For Good

    The Hershey Co. urged a California federal judge on Thursday to toss a proposed class action alleging some of the candy maker's dark chocolate products contain dangerous levels of lead and cadmium for good, saying the small amount of heavy metals in the chocolate are naturally occurring and not dangerous.

  • February 23, 2024

    Miss. High Court Won't Axe Liver Failure Wrongful Death Suit

    The Mississippi Supreme Court reinstated wrongful death claims brought by the widow of a driver who suffered injuries in an auto crash but died due to liver failure after being prescribed acetaminophen, finding that the question of whether his death was foreseeable is one for the jury to decide.

  • February 23, 2024

    Social Media Addiction Fight Akin To Big Tobacco, Judge Says

    A California federal judge appeared skeptical Friday of dismissing claims by parents and children seeking to hold Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg liable in sprawling personal injury multidistrict litigation over social media's allegedly addictive design, comparing the addiction allegations to Big Tobacco cases that proceeded past the pleading stage.

  • February 23, 2024

    Fla. Doctor Says T-Mobile Let Hacker Steal Her SIM Card

    A Tampa, Florida, doctor has sued T-Mobile for allegedly failing to stop a "SIM swap" hacker from transferring her personal phone account and then doing little to address the identity theft that followed, which involved the hacker trying to steal thousands from her retirement account and using her medical credentials to write more than 700 fraudulent prescriptions.

Expert Analysis

  • Using Arbitration And Class Waivers As Privacy Suit Tools

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    Amid a surge in data breach class actions over the last few years, several federal court decisions indicate that arbitration clauses and class action waiver provisions can be possible alternatives to public court battles and potentially reduce the costs of privacy litigation, say Mark Olthoff and Courtney Klaus at Polsinelli.

  • 6 Pointers For Attys To Build Trust, Credibility On Social Media

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    In an era of information overload, attorneys can use social media strategically — from making infographics to leveraging targeted advertising — to cut through the noise and establish a reputation among current and potential clients, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • Why Fla. High Court Adopting Apex Doctrine Is Monumental

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    The Florida Supreme Court recently solidified the apex doctrine in the Sunshine State, an important development that extends the scope of the doctrine in the state to include both corporate and government officials, and formalizes the requirements for a high-level corporate official to challenge a request for a deposition, says Laura Renstrom at Holland & Knight.

  • A Post-Mortem Analysis Of Stroock's Demise

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    After the dissolution of 147-year-old firm Stroock late last year shook up the legal world, a post-mortem analysis of the data reveals a long list of warning signs preceding the firm’s collapse — and provides some insight into how other firms might avoid the same disastrous fate, says Craig Savitzky at Leopard Solutions.

  • Retailers Must Be Mindful Of Sale Ads As Class Actions Rise

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    A recent uptick in class actions filed against retailers over a breadth of allegedly deceptive pricing practices — including misleading reference prices for sales and discounts offered on a perpetual basis — show no sign of slowing down, indicating that class counsel are laser-focused on challenging advertising strategies, say Louis DiLorenzo and Paavana Kumar at Davis+Gilbert.

  • Legislative And Litigation Trends In Environmental Advertising

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    Companies that tout their products' environmental benefits can significantly reduce the risk that they will face allegations of greenwashing by staying up to date on related Federal Trade Commission guidance, state requirements and litigation trends, say Raqiyyah Pippins and Kelsie Sicinski at Arnold & Porter.

  • Considering The Logical Extremes Of Your Legal Argument

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    Recent oral arguments in the federal election interference case against former President Donald Trump highlighted the age-old technique of extending an argument to its logical limit — a principle that is still important for attorneys to consider in preparing their cases, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • Reducing The Risk Of PFAS False Advertising Class Actions

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    A wave of class actions continues to pummel products that allegedly contain per- or polyfluoroalkyl substances, with plaintiffs challenging advertising that they say misleads consumers by implying an absence of PFAS — but there are steps companies can take to minimize risk, say attorneys at Keller and Heckman.

  • 6th Circ. Ruling Breathes New Life Into Article III Traceability

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    The Sixth Circuit's recent decision in Hardwick v. 3M Co. to vacate a district court's certification of one of the largest class actions in American jurisprudence for lack of Article III standing has potentially broader implications for class action practice in the product liability sphere, particularly in medical monitoring cases involving far-fetched theories of causation, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • Storytelling Strategies To Defuse Courtroom Conspiracies

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    Misinformation continues to proliferate in all sectors of society, including in the courtroom, as jurors try to fill in the gaps of incomplete trial narratives — underscoring the need for attorneys to tell a complete, consistent and credible story before and during trial, says David Metz at IMS Legal Strategies.

  • 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.

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