In 2010, an Oregon jury awarded $18.5 million in damages to former Boy Scout Kerry Lewis, who had been the victim of sexual abuse at the hands of his scoutmaster, Timur Dykes, two-and-a-half decades earlier. At the time, it was the largest amount ever awarded to a single plaintiff in a child abuse lawsuit.
The Honorable Judge Richard Story, who is presiding over multidistrict litigation involving the Ethicon Physiomesh hernia mesh, recently issued an order that provides guidelines for attorneys representing the plaintiffs who have suffered severe, and in some cases, permanent injury because of the device's failure.
Last week, the Los Angeles Police Department began an in-depth investigation of Dr. George Tyndall, a 71-year-old gynecologist formerly an employee at the University of Southern California. For almost three decades, he worked at the Engemann Student Health Center.
The “marriage made in hell” that farmers, environmental activists, and consumers have been dreading is scheduled to be consummated this week. Despite serious massive protests, the U.S. Department of Justice announced last week that it would approve the merger on the condition that Bayer divest itself of its BASF division, which represents approximately $9 billion in assets.
On April 10, fifty-five of the nearly 100 plaintiffs who have filed lawsuits against medical device manufacturers C.R. Bard, Davol Inc., and BD Medical Technology filed a petition asking the court to centralize all cases into multidistrict litigation (MDL). In the filing, they specifically requested that the cases be heard before a U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri or Ohio's Southern District.
U.S. District Judge Dan Polster has ordered the Drug Enforcement Administration to provide data on opioid prescription sales throughout the nation. This order comes as part of the ongoing multidistrict litigation against pharmaceutical companies that allegedly played a major role in the country's opioid addiction crisis.
As of April 27, all five bellwether trials over the anticoagulant medication Xarelto (rivaroxaban) have ended in outcomes for the defense.
Otsuka and Bristol-Meyer Squibb Settle Three Abilify Lawsuits; Global Settlement Agreement to Follow
Japan-based Otsuka Pharmaceuticals and its US partner, Bristol-Meyer Squibb, have settled three Abilify lawsuits that were scheduled to go to trial this summer. The plaintiffs, who suffer from gambling addiction and compulsive behavior disorders, allege that their conditions were caused by taking the antipsychotic medication Abilify (aripiprazole).
On May 1st, Ohio's GOP governor John Kasich officially filed a request with the Department of Health and Human Services to institute Trump's new “work requirements” for Medicaid recipients, forcing approximately 700,000 Ohioans to prove they are employed at least half-time or face losing their health care benefits.
Impatient with the slow pace of existing, government-sanctioned space exploration and eager to exploit the commercial potential of outer space, private companies are leading a new rush toward what late Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry dubbed “the Final Frontier.”
A recently published study from George Washington University looks at how the nation's courts address the issue of public health in lawsuits related to climate change and coal-fired power plants. Because the courts play a pivotal role in the creation and crafting of public policy, the researchers conclude that greater consideration of health impacts could have a positive effect on such policy in the future. Unfortunately, health concerns are not raised in most climate-related cases.
As Industries Become Automated and Robots Become Increasingly Sophisticated, the Law Struggles to Keep Pace
Since Mary Shelly penned the novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus some two centuries ago (a story about a scientist named Victor Frankenstein), one of humanity's greatest fears has been that we will wind up creating our own successors – and that those successors will eventually cause our demise. Two recent incidents highlight the dangers of that scenario coming to pass.
Evidence of what is known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) among professional football players has been known to medical science for at least twenty years.
Last Thursday, an eight-member jury in a New Jersey state court awarded $23 million in compensatory damages to Mary McGinnis after finding that a pelvic mesh manufactured by C.R. Bard, Inc. was the cause of her pain and suffering. Her husband, Thomas McGinnis, was awarded an additional $10 million for loss of consortium.
Jury Finds Johnson & Johnson, Imerys Liable in Lawsuit Claiming Talcum Powder Caused Mesothelioma Cancer
In a stunning verdict handed down in a federal court in New Jersey, a jury has ordered pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier, Imerys, to pay $37 million to a 46-year-old man who alleged that his mesothelioma was caused by his regular use of the defendant's talc-containing products over the course of his lifetime. The trial, which ended yesterday, is the most recent bellwether case over allegations that Johnson & Johnson's flagship products, Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, are carcinogenic.
The Tsunami of Litigation Races Toward Facebook's Shores: Are the Social Media Giant's Days Numbered?
The last few weeks have not been good ones for billionaire entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg. In the wake of revelations over its handling of user data, its business practices and how its platform was used to manipulate the 2016 elections, Facebook's stock value has plummeted as investors exit their positions in the company – and so far, there have been four lawsuits filed over its gathering and use of personal information.
Federal Judge Who Previously Rejected 9/11 Lawsuit Against Saudi Arabia is Now Allowing Claims to Go Forward
U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte issued an order on Wednesday that has cleared the way for a lawsuit against Donald Trump to proceed. As a result, the Attorneys General of Washington D.C. and the state of Maryland now have legal standing to bring their cases against Trump over his alleged violations of the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution.