Litigation Update: Risperdal Trials

A recent ruling by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania regarding the Risperdal trials has quickly changed the course of the litigation. Risperdal, a drug manufactured by Janssen (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson), has been prescribed for years by doctors to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The drug was approved by the FDA in 1993 … Continue reading “Litigation Update: Risperdal Trials”

Mass Tort and Class Action Outlook for 2020

The field of mass torts continues to evolve and 2020 will be no exception. One trend we are seeing in mass torts concerns the extension of the statute of limitations, noted in several areas below, in our 2020 mass tort outlook. 3M Combat Arms Earplugs In late August 2019, defense and plaintiff firms entered into … Continue reading “Mass Tort and Class Action Outlook for 2020”

Roundup Cancer Lawsuits: Year in Review

By Brian Eckert Glyphosate — the main active ingredient in Roundup weed-killer — was one of the biggest litigation stories of 2019. Over the past year, the number of U.S. lawsuits alleging that Roundup weed-killer causes cancer more than quadrupled, from 10,000 to 42,000. Two of these cases went to trial. Both resulted in stinging … Continue reading “Roundup Cancer Lawsuits: Year in Review”

Not Again! Facebook Data Breach Hits 276 Million Users

By Sholom Nemanow Facebook is yet again accused of failing to protect the personal information of its users, leaving 267 million people potentially vulnerable to scams and phishing schemes. A database containing the names, phone numbers, unique Facebook IDs, and other personal information of more than 267 million Facebook users was active on the “dark … Continue reading “Not Again! Facebook Data Breach Hits 276 Million Users”

Litigation Update: Allergan Breast Implant MDL Sent to New Jersey

The JPML has created an MDL for Allergan Biocell® Textured Breast Implant products and sent the cases to U.S. District Judge Brian Martinotti of the District of New Jersey for consolidated or coordinated pretrial proceedings. The New Jersey District selection by the Panel was strongly supported by Allergan, whose U.S. headquarters are in Madison, NJ, … Continue reading “Litigation Update: Allergan Breast Implant MDL Sent to New Jersey”

Recall of Potentially Fatal Airbags Widens to BMW, Honda, Audi, Toyota and More

By Brian Eckert “The largest and most complex vehicle recall in U.S. history” just got larger and more complex. Automakers have announced additional recalls of vehicles equipped with Takata airbags linked to serious injury and death. The newly recalled devices are different than the Takata ammonium nitrate airbags linked to 24 deaths and hundreds of … Continue reading “Recall of Potentially Fatal Airbags Widens to BMW, Honda, Audi, Toyota and More”

Attorney for Roundup Cancer Plaintiffs Arrested on Criminal Charges

UPDATE 1: (Includes Monsanto and Huntsman email) The legal drama surrounding the mass tort Roundup cancer litigation just got ratcheted up a notch. Federal criminal charges were filed this week against attorney Timothy Litzenburg alleging the 37-year-old lawyer demanded $200 million in “consulting fees” in exchange for keeping quiet about information that he threatened would … Continue reading “Attorney for Roundup Cancer Plaintiffs Arrested on Criminal Charges”

Coke PR Campaigns Tried to Influence Teens’ Views on Health Impacts of Soda, Study Says

News Release For Immediate Release: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 For More Information Contact: Gary Ruskin, +1 415 944-7350 Internal Coca-Cola Company documents show how the company intended to use public relations campaigns to influence teens’ sense of the health risks of its products, including sugary soda, according to a study published today in the International Journal … Continue reading “Coke PR Campaigns Tried to Influence Teens’ Views on Health Impacts of Soda, Study Says”

Litigation Update: JUUL’s Latest Developments

Earlier this week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld a lower court ruling that the FDA has the authority to regulate e-cigarettes as “tobacco products”. Stating that e-cigarettes are “indisputably highly addictive and pose health risks, especially to youth, that are not well understood”, the Court also upheld a ban on … Continue reading “Litigation Update: JUUL’s Latest Developments”

Increased Cancer Risk Prompts Recall of Allergan BIOCELL Textured Products

Over the past several years, there has been an increase in concerns regarding the connection between breast implants and cancer. Recent studies have shown there is a possible connection between breast implants and a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma or BIA-ALCL. This rare type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma has been … Continue reading “Increased Cancer Risk Prompts Recall of Allergan BIOCELL Textured Products”

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