3M Notches 2nd Win In Fla. Military Earplug Bellwether Series

A Florida federal jury cleared 3M of liability in the latest bellwether trial in military members’ mass litigation over hearing loss, allegedly from faulty combat earplugs, giving the company its second win in five trials. The Pensacola jury found 3M isn’t responsible for the injuries of Michelle Blum, the first female service member to haveContinue reading “3M Notches 2nd Win In Fla. Military Earplug Bellwether Series”

Ga. Appeals Court Dismisses 4 Talc Suits Against J&J

The Georgia Court of Appeals ordered the dismissal of four lawsuits brought against Johnson & Johnson alleging that fatal cancers were caused by asbestos-containing talcum, saying a medical expert didn’t comply with the specifics of a state law. The medical expert used in all four cases, Dr. Richard Kradin, failed to offer evidence that otherContinue reading “Ga. Appeals Court Dismisses 4 Talc Suits Against J&J”

Philip Morris Can’t Block Cig Warning Rule Set For Late 2022

A D.C. federal judge denied Philip Morris USA Inc.’s motion to block a U.S. Food and Drug Administration requirement for graphic warning labels on cigarettes, saying the rule’s effective date has already been pushed out a year but said the request could be brought again later. The tobacco giant asked to keep the preliminary injunctionContinue reading “Philip Morris Can’t Block Cig Warning Rule Set For Late 2022”

Parties In Zantac MDL Propose Path To 2023 Bellwether Trials

The parties in sprawling MDL over alleged links between the heartburn drug Zantac and various cancers presented a joint plan for narrowing a field of more than 130,000 potential personal injury claimants to serve as plaintiffs in initial bellwether trials targeted for 2023. Judge Rosenberg previously trimmed claims against generic-drug makers and retailers, but thatContinue reading “Parties In Zantac MDL Propose Path To 2023 Bellwether Trials”

NJ High Court Takes On Nix Of $83M J&J, Bard Mesh Verdicts

CMTAS finds your clients and obtains their signatures. The New Jersey Supreme Court will evaluate whether a state appeals court was wrong to throw out verdicts totaling $83 million against Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit and C.R. Bard Inc. due to the exclusion of evidence that the companies’ pelvic mesh products were cleared through theContinue reading “NJ High Court Takes On Nix Of $83M J&J, Bard Mesh Verdicts”

Calif. High Court Leaves $87M Roundup Verdict In Place

The California Supreme Court refused to hear Monsanto’s request to overturn an $87 million award to a couple who claim the Roundup weedkiller produced by the Bayer AG subsidiary caused their cancer. The case was one of about 50 the state’s high court denied a petition for review. In waving away the request, the courtContinue reading “Calif. High Court Leaves $87M Roundup Verdict In Place”

ARMY SERGEANT WINS $13M DAMAGES IN 3M EARPLUG TRIAL

A Florida federal jury held 3M liable for an Army sergeant’s hearing loss from faulty combat earplugs, awarding him more than $13 million — the largest amount so far — in the latest bellwether trial in military members’ mass litigation over the earplugs. A Tallahassee jury awarded U.S. Army Sgt. Guillermo Camarillorazo $816,395 in compensatoryContinue reading “ARMY SERGEANT WINS $13M DAMAGES IN 3M EARPLUG TRIAL”

High Court Won’t Hear Breast Implant Suit Against J&J Unit

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to revive a lawsuit brought by two women against Johnson & Johnson unit Mentor Worldwide LLC, which they claim produced leaky breast implants that caused them to develop a myriad of health issues. Amber Brooks and Jamie Gale had asked the high court to rule Mentor had a duty toContinue reading “High Court Won’t Hear Breast Implant Suit Against J&J Unit”

Miss. AG Says J&J Using Justices’ Time To Delay Talc Trial

Mississippi’s attorney general accused Johnson & Johnson of using a “misplaced” petition to the U.S. Supreme Court to delay a looming trial over allegations that the company failed to warn consumers of a possible link between its talcum powder and ovarian cancer. In response to J&J’s petition seeking to reverse a lower court decision allowingContinue reading “Miss. AG Says J&J Using Justices’ Time To Delay Talc Trial”

Reynolds Responsible For Lung Cancer Death, Fla. Jury Hears

A Florida jury heard that R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. was responsible for an air conditioning maintainer’s death from lung cancer at age 48 since the company helped perpetrate a decadeslong conspiracy to cast doubt on the dangers of smoking. The jury in Florida’s Polk County heard that Ken Ryals, who was born in 1944, startedContinue reading “Reynolds Responsible For Lung Cancer Death, Fla. Jury Hears”