Product Liability Law

525 ABA Journal Product Liability Law articles.

Fen-phen Lawyers Awarded $412M in Fees, Applauded for ‘Herculean Effort’

A federal judge has awarded $412 million in additional fees to lawyers who sued the maker of the fen-phen diet-drug on behalf of thousands of plaintiffs.

Chief U.S. District Judge…

The Lanier Law Firm, Known for PI Work, Opens IP Office

Plaintiffs lawyers, sensing opportunity for profit, are branching out into intellectual property litigation.

The latest entrant in the field is the Texas-based Lanier Law Firm, known for its asbestos and…

Primed for Lead Paint Litigation

Key Rhode Island case may color the future of the tort of public nuisance

Foreign Courts Look Askance at Punitive Damages

The awarding of punitive damages has long been accepted in the United States, but it’s rare in other countries.

Most foreign courts view punitive damages as a windfall for plaintiffs,…

Calif. Court Reconsiders But Doesn’t Change Ford Punitives Verdict

A California appeals court is standing its ground and refusing to change an earlier ruling requiring Ford Motor Co. to pay $82.6 million in a rollover case.

The U.S. Supreme…

Vioxx Deal Goes Forward With 93 Percent Participation

A $4.85 billion Vioxx settlement remains on track with the disclosure that more than 93 percent of the claimants filed forms indicating they plan to participate.

Merck & Co. says…

Court Splits in Diabetes Drug Case, Allowing Lawsuit to Proceed

The U.S. Supreme Court’s divided ruling in a diabetes drug case today has the effect of allowing a lawsuit to proceed, SCOTUSblog reports.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts…

Administration Pushes Pre-Emption Following High Court Victory

The Bush administration saw its stance on federal pre-emption validated in yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling barring lawsuits against the makers of preapproved medical…

Merck Agrees to $650M Settlement in Medicaid Health Care Fraud Case

Without admitting liability, Merck & Co. has agreed to pay a total of more than $650 million to plaintiffs including the federal government, 49 states and the District of Columbia,…

Anger Over $500M ‘Big Dig’ Settlement

News of an apparent $400 million settlement that concludes a potential criminal case against the project manager of a controversial Boston tunnel project has sparked anger among Massachusetts residents.

The…

Vioxx Settlement Amended to Allow Attorney Advice to Clients

Attorneys overseeing a proposed $4.85 billion settlement with Merck & Co. over its withdrawn Vioxx drug have reportedly amended a controversial provision that could have required some plaintiffs’ lawyers to…

Supreme Court Accepts Drug Labeling Pre-Emption Case

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether a woman whose arm had to amputated after she was injected with an anti-nausea drug can sue based on a state law claim…

Experts Say Design Defect Caused Minn. Bridge Collapse

Updated: Federal investigators are expected to announce today that a design defect caused the collapse of a Minneapolis bridge last summer, killing 13 and injuring more than 100 in a…

Tort Reformers Blast Trial Lawyers’ Websites

A national tort reform group is highlighting a recent study by a medical think tank that criticizes Internet sites created by trial attorneys, contending that they are a significant source…

Thousands of Fla. Tobacco Suits Filed as Deadline Looms

When the Florida Supreme Court in 2006 invalidated a $145 million punitive damages award in a class action case against the tobacco industry, it gave the plaintiffs a year to…

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