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Massachusetts’ Supreme Judicial Court Upholds Record $63 Million Verdict in Children’s Motrin Case

Posted in Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices, Products Liability

  The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has affirmed a record $63 million jury verdict against healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson for allegedly inadequate warnings about the health risks associated with Children’s Motrin. The facts underlying this remarkable verdict are undeniably tragic, but they also demonstrate just how important clear and comprehensive warnings are for product… Continue Reading

Blue Bell Ice Cream’s Path to Listeria Recall Follows a Rocky Road

Posted in Foodborne Illness, Products Liability

How to ‘Bell-weather’ a Recall: Position Your Company to Withstand a Recall Efficiently and Effectively   Headlines announcing the recall of some product or another seem to appear as regularly as the changing of the seasons, and often times, to the consumer at large, they come and go just as subtly. It is wholly unsurprising,… Continue Reading

Why You Should Seek Diversity in Your Law Firm

Posted in All Practice Areas, Products Liability

From television to transportation services, it seems that everywhere we look, people are seeking increased diversity. We want to see every race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, and socioeconomic background represented in every industry. It has been proven that diversity can be a driver of economic growth, but what about the legal profession? Do clients… Continue Reading

Will “Unprecedented” Garlock Asbestos Bankruptcy Deal Be a Game Changer?

Posted in All Practice Areas, Asbestos Litigation, Products Liability

The Garlock asbestos bankruptcy has generated significant interest from attorneys representing plaintiffs and defendants as well as from companies and insurers involved in asbestos litigation.  Although the impact on litigation throughout the country has been uneven, courts seem to be more willing to take a proactive role in ensuring that transparency is provided in disclosing… Continue Reading

Delaware Supreme Court Tosses $2.8 Million Verdict in Galliher Asbestos Trial

Posted in Asbestos Litigation, Delaware Courts, Products Liability

Overview: In an opinion written by Justice Henry DuPont Ridgely, a unanimous panel of the Delaware Supreme Court recently threw out a $2.8 million verdict in the case of Michael Galliher v. R.T. Vanderbilt.  Defense Litigation Insider previously covered the verdict and Trial Court’s post trial opinion.  Here, R.T. Vanderbilt (“Vanderbilt”) appealed the verdict claiming… Continue Reading

Significant Asbestos “Take-Home Exposure” Opinion

Posted in Asbestos Litigation, Premises Liability, Products Liability, Toxic Tort

-Persuasive precedent likely as PA judge holds employer/premises owner does not owe duty to warn  On August 28, 2014, the Honorable Judge Eduardo C. Robreno, in the Multi-District Litigation for asbestos in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, issued a significant opinion in which he held that an employer and/or premises… Continue Reading

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet;

Posted in Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices, Products Liability, Toxic Tort

Plaintiffs, when faced with a legal bar to traditional negligence claims, frequently try to cloak them in new theories of liability. This tactic is reminiscent of dialogue in William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, in which Juliet argues that the names of things do not matter, only what things “are” is truly important. Trend An… Continue Reading

Will House Bill 4123 Turn Massachusetts Into a Filing Haven for Plaintiffs?

Posted in Asbestos Litigation, Environmental Litigation, Products Liability, Toxic Tort

  House Bill 4123 makes two changes to Massachusetts Superior Court procedure, both of which favor plaintiffs.  The first, addressed by Section 1 of the bill, allows plaintiffs’ attorneys to request a specific monetary amount of damages at trial.  The second, addressed by Section 2 of the bill, allows attorneys to conduct voir dire.  … Continue Reading

Discovery Costs: How Companies Can Increase Efficiency and Save Money in the Process

Posted in All Practice Areas, Products Liability, Professional Liability, Toxic Tort

Despite efforts to increase efficiency and save money, most businesses set aside substantial budgets for litigation costs. With the ever-changing landscape of litigation, discovery is usually one of the most expensive line-items. In fact, Inside Counsel points out a Gartner forecast showing, “revenue in the enterprise e-discovery software market will grow from $1.8 billion in 2014 to… Continue Reading

FDA Prepares to Release a Regulation on the Labeling of “Gluten-Free” Food by the End of 2012

Posted in False-Labeling Claims, Litigation Trends, Products Liability

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is preparing to release a regulation on the labeling of “gluten-free” food by the end of 2012. Although the regulation will provide much needed guidance to consumers and food manufacturers, it will also establish a standard that food manufactures will need to follow in order to use a “gluten-free”… Continue Reading

Hold the relish: ConAgra under fire for allegedly misrepresenting kosher status of Hebrew National hot dogs

Posted in Products Liability

Hebrew National Hot Dogs may answer to a Higher Authority, but for the time being they’ll also be answering to the United States District Court of Minnesota.  Hebrew National Hot Dogs which are owned by ConAgra Foods, Inc. has been sued in a class action Complaint (pdf download) which alleges that it utilized deceptive and… Continue Reading

Ben & Jerry’s Recall: Container Label Missing Nut Allergen Advisory in Chocolate Nougat Crunch

Posted in Foodborne Illness, Products Liability

With the Summer Solstice only days away, and peak ice cream eating season upon us, Unilever,PLC, the company which owns Ben & Jerry’s, is voluntarily recalling pints of Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Nougat Crunch Ice Cream because the container label does not include a statement which warns that the product was manufactured on equipment also… Continue Reading

UPDATE: POM Down, Far From Out! POM’s New Advertising Campaign Strikes Back at the FTC

Posted in Litigation Trends, Products Liability, Uncategorized

As we reported last week, Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) Chief Administrative Law Judge D. Michael Chappell sided with the FTC when he found that POM’s marketing campaign – the one that reminded us of the alleged “wonderful” capability of pomegranate juice to treat, prevent, or reduce the risk of certain medical conditions – was in… Continue Reading

POM Wonderful? Not so much. The Better Business Bureau Inadvertently Fuels Class Action Lawsuits

Posted in Litigation Trends, Products Liability

Class action lawsuits against major consumer product companies are on the rise thanks, in large part, to the Better Business Bureau’s National Advertising Division (“NAD”). The NAD assists in the advertising industry’s self-regulatory efforts to ensure truth and accuracy in advertising by providing guidance to industry in an effort to ensure that consumers can rely on… Continue Reading

California Supreme Court Says Equipment Manufacturers Not Liable For Injuries Caused By Asbestos-Containing Replacement Parts

Posted in Asbestos Litigation, California Courts, Litigation Trends, Products Liability

Co-authored by Brian Gross  After years of inconsistent rulings in the trial and appellate courts, the California Supreme Court recently decided the issue of whether plaintiffs in asbestos litigation may pursue claims against equipment manufacturers for injuries caused by asbestos-containing replacement component parts they neither manufactured nor supplied. For the reasons below, the Court expressly rejected this theory of liability and affirmed judgment in… Continue Reading

Massachusetts Court Extends Mensing to Bar Failure To Warn Claims Against Generic Drug Distributors

Posted in Litigation Trends, Massachusetts Courts, Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices, Products Liability

Co-authored by Brian Gross  In June of 2011, the United States Supreme Court ruled that makers of generic drugs cannot be sued for failing to warn consumers of the possible side effects of their products if they copy the exact warnings used by their brand-name equivalents.  See Pliva, Inc., et al. v. Mensing, 131 S.Ct. 2567… Continue Reading

Congress Boosts FDA’s Ability to Effectuate Food Safety Modernization Act

Posted in Foodborne Illness, Products Liability

Co-authored by Brian Gross In our October 25, 2011 post, Food Safety Modernization Act: Did Congress Bite Off More Than It Can Chew? we expressed concern regarding the FDA’s ability to fully implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (“FSMA”) given its budgetary restrictions.   As outlined in our prior post, FSMA provides for increased regulation and oversight… Continue Reading

Food Safety Modernization Act: Did Congress Bite Off More Than It Can Chew?

Posted in Foodborne Illness, Products Liability

Co-authored by Brian Gross The recently enacted Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011, provides the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with increased power.  The FSMA, which represents the culmination of more than a decade long effort to reform this country’s food safety oversight system,… Continue Reading

Cargill Turkey Contaminated With Salmonella Bacteria Results In National Recall

Posted in Foodborne Illness, Products Liability

Co-authored by Brian Gross Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation (“Cargill”) recently announced the voluntary recall of approximately 36 million pounds of ground turkey believed to be contaminated with salmonella.  The recall represents approximately 6% of the national production of ground turkey in a given year.  Federal Health authorities have attempted for several months to determine the source… Continue Reading