Toyota Knew About Lexus Problem 2 Years Ago

TOKYO - (AP) Toyota knew two years ago about the engine problem behind its latest Lexus recall, even changing the spring part to correct it, but did not think a recall was warranted until recently, a company official said Tuesday. Toyota Motor Corp. started Monday a global recall over engine defects...

Subpoena for Toyota Over Defects in Steering

NEW YORK - (New York Times) A federal grand jury in New York has subpoenaed Toyota Motor, seeking information on steering-related defects in its vehicles. The move could widen an investigation into the automaker's handling of a recall in 2005. . . . read more

Government: Initial Probe Finds No New Toyota Issues

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) A government investigation into runaway Toyotas has found no new safety defects beyond problems with accelerator pedals that explain reports of sudden acceleration in the vehicles, according to preliminary findings released Tuesday. Safety experts have said vehicle electronic...

Lawsuit Filed In Midst Of Salmonella Outbreak

KENOSHA Wis. - (AP) One of the 21 diners at a Kenosha restaurant sickened by a salmonella bacteria linked to contaminated eggs has filed a lawsuit. Tanja Dzinovic of Pleasant Prairie is suing the egg producer, Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa, and others after getting sick from a Cobb salad. . . . Full...

Judge Recommends $12M Settlement On Bad Peanuts

RICHMOND, Va. - (AP) A federal judge is recommending approval of a $12 million settlement for those sickened or killed in last year's salmonella outbreak tied to a Virginia-based peanut processor. U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Urbanski in Lynchburg issued his recommendation late Wednesday to pay...

A Look At J&J's Year-Long String Of Recalls

(AP) Two top executives from Johnson & Johnson faced tough questions Thursday from lawmakers holding the second hearing on the company's unprecedented string of product recalls. The maker of trusted brands like Tylenol and Benadryl, J&J has issued 11 recalls since last September, nine which...

J&J, FDA Leaders Take Heat For Phantom Recall'

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Johnson & Johnson executives and the Food and Drug Administration both shouldered the blame Thursday for a secret recall in which hired contractors quietly bought up defective painkillers to clear them from store shelves. J&J Chief Executive William Weldon told House lawmakers...

Medtronic To Pay $268M To Settle 3,700 Claims Involving Sprint Fidelis Leads

MINNEAPOLIS -- (Mealey's) Medtronic Inc. on Oct. 14 said it has agreed to pay $268 million to settle about 3,700 lawsuits and claims in the United States related to the recall of its Sprint Fidelis implantable cardiac defibrillator leads. In its most recent Form 10-Q report filed with the U.S...

Lawyers Say Proving Egg-Related Lawsuits Difficult

DES MOINES, Iowa - (AP) Thousands of people likely were sickened by salmonella-contaminated eggs from two Iowa companies last summer, but lawyers said far fewer have the proof needed for a successful lawsuit and most cases filed will be settled out of court. So far, attorneys in Seattle, Houston, Chicago...

Toyota Safety In Spotlight After Fatal Utah Crash

SALT LAKE CITY - (AP) The deadly crash of a Toyota Camry in western Utah is being blamed on a sticky gas pedal, the same problem that led the world's largest automaker to recall the car for repairs early this year. The 2008 Camry slammed into a rock wall near the Nevada border on Nov. 5. . . . Full...

Citing Liver Damage, Pfizer Withdraws Thelin

NEW YORK - (AP) Pfizer Inc. said Friday it is pulling its blood pressure drug Thelin off the market and stopping all clinical trials because the drug can cause fatal liver damage . Thelin is sold in the European Union, Canada, and Australia as an oral treatment for severe pulmonary arterial hypertension...

Toyota To Pay $10 Million In Runaway Lexus Crash

LOS ANGELES - (AP) Toyota Motor Corp. agreed to pay $10 million to the family of four people killed in a runaway Lexus crash that led to recalls of millions of the automaker's vehicles, attorneys said Thursday. John Gomez, a lawyer who represents the victims' family, and Larry N. Willis, who...

7 Insurers Sue Toyota Over Acceleration Crashes

LOS ANGELES - (AP) Seven insurance companies have sued Toyota Motor Corp. in an attempt to recover money paid to cover crashes they blame on sudden acceleration. The insurers cite data that blames 725 crashes on the problem and fault the Japanese automaker for failing to equip its cars with an override...

Toyota Recalls 2.17 Million Vehicles In U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Toyota Motor Corp. recalled 2.17 million vehicles in the United States on Thursday to address accelerator pedals that could become entrapped in floor mats or jammed in driver's side carpeting, prompting federal regulators to close its investigation into the embattled automaker...

Toyota Wins New York Case Over Unintended Acceleration

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. - (AP) A federal jury found Friday that Toyota Motor Corp. isn't responsible for a 2005 crash that the driver blamed on the floor mat or the electronic throttle, in the first case to go to trial since automaker recalled millions of its vehicles. After 45 minutes of deliberation...

William A. Ruskin: Predictive Coding: Will E-Discovery Swallow The Judicial System?

By William A. Ruskin In an earlier article , we discussed the significance of Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Peck's (SDNY) opinion in Da Silva Moore v. Publicis Groupe [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], a highly publicized decision that approved of the use of computer-assisted...