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Another Specialty Pharmacy Settles Exjade False Claims Allegations For $45 Million
Posted on 1 May 2015 by Tom Moylan

NEW YORK —(Mealey’s) Specialty pharmacy Accredo Health Group Inc. on April 30 agreed to pay $45 million to settle a whistle-blower’s allegations that its efforts to push prescriptions for the iron chelation drug Exjade resulted in false... Read More

Florida Judge Declares Mistrial In Tobacco Case Because Of Witness Statement (Watch The Videos)
Posted on 29 Sep 2014 by Maureen McGuire

VIERA, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A state court judge sitting in the Brevard County, Fla., 18th Judicial Circuit Court entered a mistrial on Sept. 26 after two weeks of trial in a wrongful death action brought by the widow of a longtime smoker because... Read More

William A. Ruskin: CPSC Regulatory Issues Often Impact Product Liability
Posted on 6 Jan 2014 by William A. Ruskin

By W illiam A. Ruskin Regulatory enforcement by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (“CPSC”) is on the upswing. As product liability litigation and regulatory activities often become entwined, it is all the more important to appreciate... Read More

Florida Jury Awards $13 Million To Widow Of Longtime Smoker (Watch The Videos)
Posted on 26 Mar 2015 by Maureen McGuire

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A Florida state court jury awarded $3 million in punitive damages March 25 to the widow of a man who died of lung cancer after smoking for approximately 50 years ( Rose Pollari, et al. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco... Read More

Florida Jury Hears Openings In Trial Of Suit Filed By Widower Of Longtime Smoker (Watch The Opening Argument Video Excerpts)
Posted on 25 Jun 2015 by Maureen McGuire

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) Trial got under way in Florida state court on June 23 with opening statements in a suit alleging that a woman’s death from lung cancer and other smoking-related diseases was caused by her addiction... Read More

Troutman Sanders LLP: Lawsuits Likely Following FDA's Release Of Mandated Graphic Warning Labels
Posted on 18 Jul 2011 by Troutman Sanders

In the wake of the FDA's release of new graphic cigarette health warnings that must cover the top fifty percent of both the front and rear panels of each cigarette package as of September 2012, the four leading tobacco companies are threatening legal... Read More

Wagner Spray Tech, Techtronic Industries To Pay $800,000 Civil Penalty To Settle Suit
Posted on 12 Aug 2009 by Christopher Bauer

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced on Aug. 5, that Wagner Spray Tech Corp., of Plymouth, Minn., and Techtronic Industries Co. LTD, of Hong Kong, agreed to pay an $800,000 civil penalty, resolving the federal lawsuit claiming... Read More

Defense Verdict Returned In 1st DePuy Pinnacle Hip Bellwether Case
Posted on 24 Oct 2014 by Tom Moylan

DALLAS — (Mealey’s) Jurors in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas on Oct. 23 returned a defense verdict for DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. and parent company Johnson & Johnson in the first Pinnacle hip multidistrict litigation... Read More

Plaintiff, Tobacco Companies Lay Out Evidence In Suit By Smoker’s Widow (Watch The Videos)
Posted on 11 Mar 2015 by Maureen McGuire

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) Trial got under way March 9 in the Florida 17th Judicial Court for Broward County with opening statements in a suit alleging that the death of a lung cancer sufferer was caused by his years of smoking ( Rose... Read More

Chinese Drywall — Update On Litigation, Settlements And Insurance Claims
Posted on 10 Nov 2010 by Ellen Clarke and Sallie Kraus

By Ellen Clarke and Sallie Kraus, Attorneys at Law The pace of litigation in the Chinese drywall ("CDW") claims has escalated in recent months. It is alleged that the gypsum that was used to manufacture that drywall came from particular Chinese... Read More

Arkansas High Court Reverses $1.2B Risperdal Verdict For State Law Violations
Posted on 21 Mar 2014 by Tom Moylan

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... Read More

Jury Hears Opening Arguments Involving Asbestos Hazards, Product Identification (Watch The Video Excerpts Of Opening Arguments)
Posted on 7 Aug 2015 by Bryan Redding

MIAMI - (Mealey's) Parties in a Florida asbestos trial on Aug. 4 sparred over whether a company continued to produce asbestos-containing joint compound despite known risks and how well a man could identify the product in question ( Roy Taylor v. Georgia... Read More

U.S. Supreme Court To Decide Whether Claims About Generic Drugs Are Preempted
Posted on 13 Dec 2010 by Tom Moylan

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 10 agreed to decide whether the Hatch Waxman Act prevents manufacturers of generic drugs from adding new warnings to drug labels as new risks become known ( Pliva, Inc. v. Gladys Mensing... Read More