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Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Texas Appeals Panel Reverses Summary Judgment In Truck Collision Suit

BEAUMONT, Texas - A Texas appellate panel on May 18 vacated a trial court's order denying summary judgment to a corporation after finding that an employee of the company who hit a pedestrian because the plaintiff did not prove that the driver was acting in the scope of his employment during the collision...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Court Finds Work Testimony, Presence Of Asbestos Establishes Exposure

TRENTON, N.J. - Evidence that a man worked with asbestos and that Union Carbide Corp. supplied more than 40,000 pounds of the mineral to the facility at which he worked are enough to establish exposure, even without a direct link, a New Jersey appeals court held in reversing judgment May 17 (Thomasina...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Judge Finds Jurisdiction Lacking In Asbestos Case Against German Auto Maker

MIAMI - A German automaker's contacts with Florida are insufficient grounds on which to exercise jurisdiction over the company, a Florida appeals court held May 17 (Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft d/b/a Volkswagen AG v. Carol Jones, et al., No. 2D15-5716, Fla. App., 2nd Dist.).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Colorado Appeals Court: Setoff Should Be Applied To Verdict Before Limitation

DENVER - A Colorado appeals panel on May 18 reversed in part a trial court judge's decision to prevent a developer from obtaining a portion of a $9.5 million verdict entered against a grading company accused of breach of contract for providing services that resulted in defectively built homes, finding...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Justice Allows Addition Of Improperly Named Company To Maritime Asbestos Suit

NEW YORK - A man's maritime asbestos suit improperly naming a successor as a defendant put an independent corporation that operates as a subsidiary of the named defendant on notice that it was being sued, a New York justice held in an opinion posted May 18 (Joseph J. Crandley v. Farrell Lines Inc...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - High Court Refuses To Take Up Shingle Maker's Appeal Over Arbitration

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on May 22 denied a shingle manufacturer's petition for a writ of certiorari seeking review of a Missouri appellate panel's ruling that an arbitration clause was not enforceable because purchasers never agreed to arbitrate their claims with the company...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Testosterone MDL Judge Denies Late Limitations Defenses In 1st Bellwether Case

CHICAGO - The Illinois federal judge overseeing the testosterone replacement therapy multidistrict litigation on May 22 struck defendant AbbVie Inc.'s motion for summary judgment in the first bellwether trial after ruling that the defendant waived its statute of limitations and statute of repose...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Trial Court Erred In Denying Attorney Fees To Tenant In Premises Liability Suit

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Division I Washington Court of Appeals panel on May 22 found that a trial court erred in denying a plaintiff's motion for attorney fees in a premises liability suit after finding that the action arose out of a state law that allows for attorney fees to be awarded and remanded the...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Mississippi Supreme Court Reverses $14M Silicosis Verdict As Time-Barred

JACKSON, Miss. - A man's chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) diagnosis started the clock on the statute of limitations and bars his silicosis claim against a respirator manufacturer, a divided Mississippi Supreme Court held May 18 in reversing a $14 million verdict (American Optical Corp...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Judge: Defendants' Alleged Misrepresentations Not Actionable In Securities Suit

NEWARK, N.J. - Lead plaintiffs in a securities class action lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company and its CEO have failed to plead any material misstatements or omissions in arguing that the defendants misrepresented that the company's new drug was expected to gain U.S. Food and Drug Administration...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Colorado High Court Reverses Ruling Allowing Attorney To Represent Homeowners

DENVER - A 4-3 Colorado Supreme Court on May 22 reversed a ruling allowing an attorney and her firm to represent homeowners accusing a developer and other contractors of construction defects, ruling that the judge improperly found that the matter was subject to issue preclusion rather than the subsequently...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - HeartMate Heart Device Controllers Under Class I Recall After 26 Deaths

SILVER SPRING, Md. - The Food and Drug Administration on May 23 said Abbott-Thoratec has issued a Class I recall of its HeartMate II LVAS (left ventricular assist system) controller after receiving reports of 19 injuries and 26 deaths associated with the heart device.

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - All Testosterone Replacement Therapy Defendants Must Replead Affirmative Defenses

CHICAGO - In the wake of the raising of statute of limitations/statute of repose defenses at the 11th-hour of the first bellwether case, the Illinois federal judge overseeing the testosterone replacement therapy multidistrict litigation on May 23 ordered non-AbbVie Inc. defendants to replead any affirmative...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Summary Judgment Granted In Smith & Nephew Legion Knee Case

FRESNO, Calif. - A California federal judge on May 23 granted summary judgment in a Smith & Nephew Inc. knee case, saying that the plaintiff failed to present much evidence to support his claims and that his rebuttals fell short (Ruben B. Merancio, et al. v. Smith & Nephew, Inc., et al., No....

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Hernia Patch Case Dismissed For No Showing Of Causation, Product Defect

NEW YORK - A New York federal judge on May 22 dismissed a hernia patch lawsuit because the plaintiff failed to show that the device caused her alleged injuries and because she failed to allege that the device was defective (Judith Rincon v. Coviden, et al., No. 16-10033, S.D. N.Y., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Metal-On-Metal Hip Case Out On Illinois Statute Of Limitations Based On Admissions

PEORIA, Ill. - An Illinois federal judge on May 22 granted summary judgment to hip maker Smith & Nephew Inc. because the plaintiff's deposition testimony showed that she was aware of possible fault prior to the expiration of the statute of limitations (Doris R. Cochran v. Smith & Nephew,...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Missouri Appellate Panel Affirms Dismissal Of Medical Malpractice Suit

ST. LOUIS - A Missouri appellate panel on May 23 found that a trial court was right to find that claims brought by a woman were based in medical malpractice and to dismiss those claims because they were barred by the state's two-year-statute of limitations (Christina McCormick v. Centerpoint Medical...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Appeals Court Vacates Damages Awarded To Couple For Alleged Construction Defects

SEATTLE - A Washington appeals panel on May 22 vacated a trial court judge's decision to award $9,772.50 in damages to a couple who accused their home builder of defective construction, holding that the builder's failure to complete a cedar fence and issues with the kitchen cabinets and trim...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Birth Defects Claims Against Drugmaker Doomed By Insufficient Expert Opinions

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Two medical experts lack the qualifications and reliable methodology to opine that a mother's use of an anti-epileptic drug linked to birth defects caused her son's severe birth defects, so summary judgment for the drugmaker is warranted on the mother's failure-to-warn claims...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Judge Finds Joinder Of Asbestos-Product Supplier Proper, Remands

NEW ORLEANS - A man's claims that his employer used products originally supplied by a defendant and that his work in two facilities could have put him in contact with other asbestos-containing products from the supplier create enough of a case to overcome claims that the defendant was improperly...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Johnson & Johnson Pays $33M To Settle Consumer Protection Lawsuits By 42 States

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Johnson & Johnson on May 24 agreed to an injunction regarding recalled over-the-counter drugs and to pay $33 million to 42 states for violations of their respective consumer protection laws (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, et al. v. Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., et al., No...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Depakote Birth Defect Trial Under Way In Illinois

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. - A Depakote birth defect trial got under way on May 23 in an Illinois federal court (E.G., et al. v. Abbott Laboratories Inc., No. 15-702, S.D. Ill.).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Colorado Governor Signs Bill Aimed At Making Defects Lawsuits Harder To File

DENVER - According to published reports, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on May 23 signed into law a bill designed to make it harder to sue developers of condominiums by requiring that a majority of unit owners consent to filing a lawsuit before it can be brought.

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Missouri Appeals Panel Upholds Defense Verdict In Medical Malpractice Suit

ST. LOUIS - A Missouri appeals panel on May 23 upheld a defense verdict in a medical malpractice suit after finding that a defense attorney did not misconstrue evidence during closing arguments and that the trial court's decision to exclude evidence of potential witness tampering did not prejudice...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - 5th Company Secures Jurisdiction Dismissal In Asbestos Action

SEATTLE - A couple alleging asbestos exposures in Canada lacks specific or general jurisdiction for a suit in Washington state against a defunct automobile parts seller, a federal judge held May 23 (Matthew Hodjera and Sylvia Hodjera v. BASF Catalysts LLC, et al., No. 17-48, W.D. Wash.).