Lathrop & Gage Wins $13.49 Million Jury Verdict For Munchkin Inc. In False Advertising Dispute Against Playtex

California jury finds that Playtex deliberately deceived consumers regarding odor control abilities of its Diaper Genie Elite KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Lathrop & Gage LLP on July 26 announced that it won a significant jury verdict on behalf of its client, baby products maker Munchkin Inc., in a false...

$11.8 Million New Jersey Accutane Verdicts Vacated By Florida Ruling On Proximate Causation

TRENTON, N.J. - (Mealey's) A New Jersey state appeals panel on Aug. 7 vacated an $11.8 million Accutane verdict after finding that under controlling Florida case law, three plaintiffs had not established that a failure to warn about the risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) by defendant Hoffman...

Utah Federal Jury Awards HRT Breast Cancer Plaintiff $5.1 Million Compensatory Verdict

SALT LAKE CITY - (Mealey's) A Utah federal jury on Sept. 7 awarded a hormone replacement therapy plaintiff $5.1 million in compensatory damages after finding that her breast cancer was caused by Premarin, Provera and Prempro and that manufacturer defendants Wyeth and Pharmacia & Upjohn Co. LLC...

U.S. Supreme Court Will Rule On Preemption Of Generic Drug Design Defect Claim

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 30 said it will review a First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that a defective design claim involving a generic drug is not preempted by federal law, placing in jeopardy a $21 million verdict for a New Hampshire woman who suffered...

Levaquin Compensatory Verdict Affirmed By 8th Circuit; Punitive Verdict Reversed

ST. LOUIS — (Mealey’s) The Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Nov. 30 unanimously affirmed denial of judgment as a matter of law or new trial for compensatory damages in the first Levaquin multidistrict litigation bellwether trial but in a 2-1 split said the trial court erred in denying...

Jury Enters $168.8 Million Verdict Against Former IndyMac Executives

LOS ANGELES - (Mealey's) A jury in a California federal court on Dec. 7 entered a $168.8 million verdict against three former officers of the failed IndyMac Bank F.S.B., finding that the individuals had been negligent and breached their fiduciary duties with respect to 23 loans at issue in the suit...

Former IndyMac CEO Agrees To $12 Million Settlement With FDIC

LOS ANGELES - (Mealey's) Former IndyMac FSB CEO Michael Perry on Dec. 14 agreed to a $12 million settlement to resolve the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s $600 million suit over his alleged role in the bank's failure, according to a stipulation of dismissal with prejudice filed in a California...

So Sorry You Just Spent A Decade In Jail For A Crime You Didn't Commit. Can We Make It Up With A Million Or So Dollars?

We'd like to believe that everyone who ends up in jail deserves it. After all, there are safeguards in place - a professional police force to investigate, an impartial judge to oversee the case, and a jury of peers to review the evidence. Unfortunately, sometimes the accused's protestations of...

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. ...

New Jersey Jury Awards $3.35 Million, Weighs Punitives In State's 1st Pelvic Mesh Trial

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - (Mealey's) A New Jersey court on Feb. 26 is hearing evidence for a punitive damages verdict in the state's first pelvic mesh bellwether trial, a day after returning a $3.35 million compensatory verdict for a woman who claims to have debilitating injuries from the device...

Maryland High Court Vacates $1 Billion In Punitive Damages In Gasoline Leak

BALTIMORE - (Mealey's) Saying plaintiffs claiming contamination of their properties with benzene and methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE) from a leak at an Exxon Mobil Corp. tank farm outside Baltimore failed to prove the fraud necessary to support an award of punitive damages, Maryland's highest...

Jury Awards $7.76 Million In Punitive Damages In New Jersey's 1st Pelvic Mesh Trial

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - (Mealey's) A New Jersey court on Feb. 28 ordered the Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc. subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson to pay $7.76 million in punitive damages to a woman who claims to have debilitating injuries from a Gynecare Prolift pelvic sling, sources told Mealey Publications...

Florida Supreme Court Upholds $2.5 Million Verdict In Engle Tobacco Case

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - (Mealey's) Florida's Supreme Court on March 14 affirmed, with one dissent, a trial court's application of its landmark decision in Engle v. Liggett Group, Inc. (945 So. 2d 1246 [Fla. 2006]) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ] in a $2.5 million verdict...

New York Federal Judge Says Chinese Vitamin C Makers Fixed Prices, Enters $153.3 Million Judgment

NEW YORK- (Mealey's) A federal judge in New York on March 14 entered judgment for $153.3 million after trebling a jury's $54.1 million verdict in favor of a direct purchaser class on its allegations that Chinese corporations participated in an illegal cartel to fix prices and limit supply for...

Illinois Jury Awards $2.2Million To Widower In 1st Humira Infection Case To Go To Trial

CHICAGO - (Mealey's) An Illinois state court jury on May 9 found Abbott Laboratories negligent and ordered it to pay a plaintiff $2,244,063 for a near-fatal infection his late wife suffered while taking the rheumatoid arthritis drug Humira, according to the plaintiff's law firm ( Milton Tietz...

N.J. Jury Finds For Defendant Novartis In Zometa Jaw Injury Trial

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - (Mealey's) A New Jersey state court jury on May 15 returned a defense verdict for Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. in a Zometa jaw injury case, a source told Mealey Publications ( Beverly Meng v. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. , No. MID-L-7670-07-MT, N.J. Super., Middlesex Co...

N.Y. Jury Awards $190 Million To Plaintiffs In 5 Asbestos Cases Consolidated For Trial

NEW YORK — (Mealey’s) A New York County jury on July 23 awarded $190 million to plaintiffs in five asbestos cases consolidated for trial, sources told Mealey Publications ( Santo Assenzio v. A.O. Smith Water Products , Robert Brunck v A.O. Smith Water Products , Paul Levy v. A.O. Smith Water...

Billion Dollar Verdict Against Nursing Home Continues Law Firm’s Impressive Win Streak

In yet another case against former nursing home giant Trans Healthcare, Inc., Tampa law firm Wilkes & McHugh has obtained its fourth multi-million verdict, this one actually reaching $1.1 billion, including punitive damages, in Polk County Circuit Court. 2013 Jury Verdicts LEXIS 7568 . Wilkes &...

Jury Awards $1.3 Million In Zometa Jaw Injury Trial After Botching 1st Verdict Form

ORLANDO, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A Florida federal jury on Sept. 20 found that Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. failed to warn a cancer patient about the risk of osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) and awarded her $1.3 million in medical expenses and non-economic damages ( Nancy Guenther, et al. v. Novartis...

Pa. High Court Reconsiders, Won’t Disturb $8.6M Prempro Punitive Damages Award

PHILADELPHIA — (Mealey’s) The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Dec. 16 let stand an $8.6 million punitive damages verdict in a Prempro hormone replacement therapy case after dismissing the appeal as improvidently granted ( Mary Daniel, et al. v. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Inc., et al. , Nos. 63...

La. Supreme Court Reverses $330M Verdict For Risperdal Medicaid Law Violations

NEW ORLEANS — (Mealey’s) In a 4-3 vote, the Louisiana Supreme Court on Jan. 28 reversed a verdict of more than $330.6 million against Janssen Pharmaceutical Inc. and parent company Johnson & Johnson, finding that the state attorney general failed to prove that misrepresenting the safety...

Janssen Settles Some Pa. Topamax Birth Defect Cases, Will Appeal $3M Verdict

PHILADELPHIA — (Mealey’s) Topamax manufacturer Janssen Pharmaceuticals on March 10 said it will appeal a $3 million March 7 birth defect verdict in the Philadelphia County Common Pleas Court even though it reached an agreement to resolve a number of similar cases in the state court, including...

New Jersey Jury Awards $1.58M In Retrial Of Accutane Bowel Injury Case

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — (Mealey’s) A New Jersey state court jury on March 11 found that Hoffman-La Roche failed to adequately warn that its former acne drug Accutane could cause ulcerative colitis and awarded the plaintiff $1,587,928 for past medical expenses and for pain and suffering ( Kamie...

Arkansas High Court Reverses $1.2B Risperdal Verdict For State Law Violations

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — (Mealey’s) In a 4-3 decision, the Arkansas Supreme Court on March 20 reversed a $1.2 billion verdict against Janssen Pharmaceuticals for violating state law in its marketing of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal ( Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., et al. v. State...

Jury Awards $9B In 1st MDL Actos Bladder Cancer Trial Against Takeda, Eli Lilly

LAFAYETTE, La. — (Mealey’s) The first federal court Actos bladder cancer trial ended April 7 in a $9 billion verdict against co-defendants Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. and Eli Lilly & Co. Inc., according to Takeda ( In Re: Actos [Pioglitazone] Products Liability Litigation , MDL Docket...