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N.J. Risperdal Jury Finds Diabetes Warning Lacking, But Drug Didn't Cause Disease

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - (Mealey's) A Risperdal personal injury trial ended Feb. 16 in a defense verdict for Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. after a New Jersey state court jury found that Janssen failed to warn about the risk of diabetes but that the atypical antipsychotic...

6th Circuit Upholds Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement

CINCINNATI - (Mealey's) The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Feb. 22 affirmed the dismissal of antitrust and constitutional challenges brought by General Tobacco to the national tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) between tobacco manufacturers and numerous states ( VIBO Corp., Inc., d...

New York's First Department Adopts Even More Of Zubulake

By William A. Ruskin On February 28, 2012, the Appellate Division, First Department, issued its decision in U.S. Bank N.A. v. GreenPoint Mortgage Funding, Inc ., 2012 N.Y. App.Div. LEXIS 1487 [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], which adopted the standards established in the SDNY's...

Split 6th Circuit Says Graphic Cigarette Pack Warnings Are Constitutional

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - (Mealey's) Given that tobacco companies have learned to circumvent bans on marketing to minors, a divided Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said March 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's proposal for large, graphic warnings on packs pursuant to the 2009 Family Smoking...

Epstein Becker & Green: Suspect Toxic Mold Suit Reinstated

By Andrea J. Lawrence Guest Blogger ANDREA J. LAWRENCE is a Senior Counsel at Epstein Becker & Green in New York. She provides legal advice and counsel to clients in the real estate industry. Andrea has extensive commercial litigation experience, and has provided legal representation to real estate...

U.K. Supreme Court Dismisses Insurers' Appeals In Trigger Issue Action

LONDON - (Mealey's) In a landmark majority decision, the United Kingdom Supreme Court on March 28 overturned a split ruling on what constituted the "trigger" for an insurer's liability to indemnify an insured, finding that an insurer's obligation to indemnify an employer for mesothelioma...

Remedies For Spoliation Of Evidence

New York state courts are increasingly turning to federal Zubulake standards [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ] when confronted with spoliation of electronic evidence issues. However, in dealing with garden variety spoliation of evidence scenarios, not involving ESI, New York courts...

Department of Justice Sues Apple, 5 Publishers Over Alleged E-Books Price-Fixing Scheme

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) The U.S Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, sued Apple Inc. and five book publishers in federal court in New York on April 11, alleging that Apple and the publishers engaged in a conspiracy to fix prices of digital books in violation of federal antitrust laws; three of...

Litigation Comes Full Circle According To PwC's 2011 Securities Litigation Study

\ NEW YORK - Federal securities class action cases increased for the third consecutive year in 2011 with nearly 200 cases representing a 10 percent increase over 2010 and 22 percent increase over 2009, according to the 16th annual Securities Litigation Study released this month by PwC US . The study...

LexisNexis Launches Financial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Module for Lexis Practice Advisor

Easy access to practical guidance and "on point" legal content and analysis help law firms increase productivity and bring junior attorneys up to speed quickly NEW YORK - LexisNexis ® Legal & Professional, a leading provider of content and technology solutions, on May 3 announced...

Dewey & LeBoeuf Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) The law firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on May 28 in New York, listing between $100 million and $500 million in liabilities ( In re: Dewey & LeBoeuf , No. 12-12321, Chapter 11, S.D. N.Y. Bkcy.). ( Petition. Document #80-120606-030C .) ...

Keller & Heckman LLP: Washington Issues Green Chemistry Alternatives Assessment Guidance

The August, 2012 deadline for the largest companies to report on the presence of listed chemicals in children's products under Washington State's "Green Chemistry" initiative is edging closer. In the meantime, the state is leading the development of Alternatives Assessment Guidance...

Keller & Heckman LLP: Now on PackagingLaw.com: Japanese Food Packaging Regulations Update; Commentary on Proposed FCN User Fees in U.S.

With an efficient food distribution system in Japan, and emphasis on food safety and quality of packaging, Japan continues to be an attractive market for exporters of food products and food packaging materials. A new article on PackagingLaw.com, The Regulations of Food Packaging Materials in Japan ,...

Keller & Heckman LLP: Federal Court Finds Personal Jurisdiction over Swedish Parent Corporation

On May 25 th , the Northern District of Ohio's Judge Nugent held that the plaintiff in a medical device product liability case had demonstrated a sufficient jurisdictional basis to proceed against the Swedish parent corporation that manufactured and distributed the device. The decision highlights...

Johnson & Johnson Reserves $600M To Settle Risperdal, Invega, Natrecor Civil Cases

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - (Mealey's) Johnson & Johnson (J&J) expects to incur a special charge against earnings of about $600 million in the second quarter for the potential settlement of civil litigation related to Risperdal, Invega, Natrecor and Omnicare Inc., according to a Form 8-K report...

Keller & Heckman LLP: Awarding Attorney's Fees In 'Exceptional' Lanham Act Cases: A 'Jumble' Of 'Murky' Law

Richard Leighton's article titled "Awarding Attorney's Fees in 'Exceptional' Lanham Act Cases: A 'Jumble' of 'Murky' Law," is scheduled to appear in the next edition of the prestigious Trademark Reporter. This article is a great reference resource on a subject...

Greenberg Traurig Agrees To Pay $61 Million To Settle Ponzi Claims

By Michael J. Lello HOENIX - (Mealey's) The law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP on June 20 agreed to pay $61 million to settle a suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona alleging that it aided an alleged Ponzi scheme that bankrupted two companies and led to $900 million in losses...

Every Cloud Has a Lining. Whether It's Silver or Not Depends on You

OK, we realize that our headline sounds like something we pulled from a fortune cookie, but that doesn't change the fact that when it comes to technology we are dealing with a couple of irritating realities. One is that technological innovation means we have to buy something new and feel stupid...

When Law Firm Revenue Morphs into an Expense It's Not Pretty

It's a wonder of nature. After spending week after week eating every green leafy vegetable in sight, a caterpillar forms itself into a chrysalis. Through the miracle of metamorphosis it emerges as a butterfly, just as delicate as it is beautiful. And, if lucky enough to stay away from your windshield...

Fulbright Briefing: In Mixed Ruling, California Court Addresses Interplay Between Arbitration and Choice-of-Law Provisions in Customer Agreements

By Ellen Bush Sessions , Eric A. Herzog and Spencer Persson In a recent decision with implications for broker-dealers and other companies that do business in California, the California Court of Appeal considered whether the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) (9 U.S.C. sections 1-16) preempted application...

Supreme Court Hears Dispute Over Foreign Copyrights, Domestic Resale

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey's) After a 4-4 split on the issue just two years ago in Costco Wholesale Corp. v. Omega S.A . ( 131 S. Ct. 565 [2010]) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 29 heard oral arguments in a case that poses the question...

K&L Gates Team Wins Major Jury Verdict For Carnegie Mellon University In Patent Infringement Case

PITTSBURGH - A team of lawyers from global law firm K&L Gates LLP led Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to victory over Marvell Technology Group Ltd. and Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. in front of a Pittsburgh jury Dec. 26, winning a $1.1 billion verdict, K&L Gates announced in a press release. ...

Apple® Products: Sturdy Security, PC Differences Require Special Attention in Discovery

It seems like they have been around much longer, but the first iPod ® was released by Apple Inc. in November of 2001. Suddenly many consumers were using a product made by the maker of Mac ® computers, loved by the likes of artists, designers and educators-but not the average cubicle jockey or...

Massachusetts Jury Awards $63 Million To Girl, Parents For Children's Motrin Injuries

BROCKTON, Mass. - (Mealey's) A Massachusetts state court jury on Feb. 13 awarded $63 million to a family whose young daughter was severely injured by a reaction to Children's Motrin ( Lisa Reckis, et al. v. Johnson & Johnson, et al. , No. PLCV2007-00064, Mass. Super., Plymouth Co.). According...

Fulbright Briefing: Supreme Court Holds That Alien Tort Statute Does Not Have Extraterritorial Jurisdiction

On April 17, 2013, the United States Supreme Court held that the Alien Tort Statute ("ATS") does not have extraterritorial jurisdiction in a 9-0 decision in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. [lexis.com subscribers can view the enhanced opinion and the briefs in this case.] The ATS provides...