Sixteen years ago in a case involving gunmaker Sturm, Ruger & Co., a New York appeals court refused to apply public nuisance law against the manufacturer of a legal product, saying that doing so would transform nuisance law “into a monster that would devour in one gulp the entire law of tort.”
NORMAN, Okla. (Legal Newsline) - A state judge in Oklahoma has blamed Johnson & Johnson for the state's opioid crisis and ordered it to pay $572 million in damages, extending public nuisance law beyond its traditional boundaries into what may become an all-purpose tool for government lawsuits against product manufacturers.
HARRISBURG – The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania is considering changes to the way it formats rule citation, which one official says is meant to bring a sense of uniformity and cohesion to the way the state high court’s rules are written.
ROBINSON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (Legal Newsline) - Bayer will not comment on "rumors and speculation," the company said following a report that it has proposed a multibillion-dollar global settlement over claims that the use of its weedkiller causes cancer.
HARRISBURG – According to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, it will not hear an appeal of the first Risperdal case to be decided in the hands of a Philadelphia jury and its $2.5 million verdict for the plaintiff will stand.
HARRISBURG – Houston, Texas mayoral candidate and prominent trial lawyer Tony Buzbee is serving as a member of defense counsel in a federal court lawsuit in Pennsylvania, brought by a health care provider who says the owner and operator of its computerized records database illegally procured and retained its confidential patient data. Meanwhile, Buzbee's client counters that it is in fact the party who is victim to proprietary theft.
PHILADELPHIA – A Chester County law firm and its founder have launched litigation against a California man they say publicly damaged the firm’s reputation through repeated allegations as to the accuracy of its billing practices.
SCRANTON – A prolific expert witness on construction matters has reached a settlement that would vacate judicial orders that required him to pay more than $22,000 for refusing to be videotaped during a deposition.