More Than 20,000 Claims Axed In 3M Earplug MDL

The Florida federal judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation over allegedly defective 3M earplugs that harmed service members’ hearing dismissed claims brought by 20,000 veterans who failed to submit proof that they had served. U.S. District Judge M. Casey Rodgers said that the MDL has been pending for more than three years and, during that time,Continue reading “More Than 20,000 Claims Axed In 3M Earplug MDL”

Walgreens Hid Menthol Risk In Cigarettes, Buyer Says

Walgreen Co. gives the impression that Marlboro menthol cigarettes are just like any other cigarettes and doesn’t warn consumers that the menthol makes them “far more dangerous and addictive” than other tobacco products, according to a proposed class action filed in Florida federal court. Plaintiff Fernanda Price said that adding menthol to tobacco products coversContinue reading “Walgreens Hid Menthol Risk In Cigarettes, Buyer Says”

Pot Industry May Soon Face Surge Of Product Liability Suits

The cannabis industry should brace itself for a surge in consumer class actions as the market matures and the plaintiffs bar grows more sophisticated, a panel of product liability experts said. Panelist Ian Stewart, co-chair of the cannabis practice at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, noted that most product liability claims could beContinue reading “Pot Industry May Soon Face Surge Of Product Liability Suits”

Procter & Gamble Sued Over Carcinogen In Deodorant Sprays

A proposed class of buyers is suing Procter & Gamble Co. in Ohio federal court, saying the company misled them about the safety of aerosol sprays such as Old Spice and Secret deodorants after a report showed that they contain a known carcinogen. The class — led by named plaintiffs Cheri Casolari, Dan Lewis, BereniceContinue reading “Procter & Gamble Sued Over Carcinogen In Deodorant Sprays”

Juul And Altria Can’t Cut Most Claims From Teen’s Vaping Suit

A California federal judge won’t let Juul Labs Inc. and Altria Group Inc. cut the bulk of claims from a teenager’s suit alleging that they deceptively advertised their vaping products to minors, saying there are fact questions about whether the girl saw or was affected by advertising for the e-cigarettes. U.S. District Judge William H.Continue reading “Juul And Altria Can’t Cut Most Claims From Teen’s Vaping Suit”

Philip Morris Can’t Undo $2.5M Verdict In Engle Death Suit

A Florida appeals court won’t let Philip Morris USA Inc. escape a $2.5 million verdict won by the daughter of a smoker who alleged the cigarette maker was responsible for her father’s death, saying trial evidence was enough for the jury to conclude the man relied on the company’s advertising to his detriment. The panelContinue reading “Philip Morris Can’t Undo $2.5M Verdict In Engle Death Suit”

Expanded Talc Claim Committee Nixed In J&J Unit’s Ch. 11

A New Jersey bankruptcy judge denied a slate of motions seeking to expand the talc claimants committee in the Chapter 11 case of a Johnson & Johnson unit, saying that the panel’s current composition adequately represents the interest of people allegedly injured by the company’s talc products. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Michael B. Kaplan said theContinue reading “Expanded Talc Claim Committee Nixed In J&J Unit’s Ch. 11”

3M Hit With $2.2M Verdict In Latest Earplug Bellwether Trial

A Florida federal jury awarded $2.2 million to a service member claiming he suffered hearing loss as a result of faulty earplugs made by 3M, the 15th bellwether verdict in sprawling multidistrict litigation against the company.  The jury awarded Jonathan Vaughn, who served a tour of duty in Iraq and has been using a hearingContinue reading “3M Hit With $2.2M Verdict In Latest Earplug Bellwether Trial”

Coloplast Hit With $2.5M Verdict In Pelvic Mesh Trial

A Florida federal jury has hit Coloplast Corp. with a $2.5 million verdict in a suit from a woman saying one of its pelvic mesh products was defective, causing an infection and pelvic pain after it was implanted. The jury found that Virginia Redding and her physician relied on Coloplast’s representations of the mesh asContinue reading “Coloplast Hit With $2.5M Verdict In Pelvic Mesh Trial”

FDA Proposes Menthol Ban In Cigarettes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a proposed ban on menthol cigarettes and cigars, following a pledge a year ago to bar the flavor for its outsized impact on minorities. The FDA said that in 2019 there were more than 18.5 million smokers of menthol cigarettes above the age of 12, with high ratesContinue reading “FDA Proposes Menthol Ban In Cigarettes”