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Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay nearly $4.7B in talcum powder case

Jurors in St. Louis awarded nearly $4.7 billion in damages on Thursday in a suit that claimed Johnson & Johnson baby powder caused 22 women to get ovarian cancer, including…

Hedge funds clamor to finance mass tort cases; some call for disclosure
Hedge funds and private equity firms are jumping into another aspect of litigation finance with loans that finance mass tort cases against drug companies and medical device manufacturers.
Federal judge scolds slow-moving BigLaw lawyers, enforces oral agreement to settle class action
A federal judge in New Jersey is requiring Samsung Electronics America to abide by an oral agreement to settle two would-be class actions involving drain pumps in washing machines.
‘Westworld’ story lines connect with real-world legal issues
A fictional theme park with a wild west theme is the setting for the HBO series Westworld, where guests pay to live out their fantasies. Those familiar with the darker side of the human condition won’t be surprised to learn that these fantasies often entail patrons killing as many of the amusement park hosts as they please.
5th Circuit blasts lawyer who sent thank-you checks to experts, yet told jurors they were unpaid
A federal appeals court has overturned a $151 million award against a hip implant manufacturer because of “serious evidentiary errors” by the judge and “deceptions” by Mark Lanier, a high-profile Houston lawyer for the plaintiffs.
Medical device plaintiff sues her law firm, saying it coaxed her into unnecessary surgery

An Arkansas woman who contends she was scared into surgery to remove vaginal mesh to bolster her position in litigation has filed a lawsuit against her former law firm and…

Jury awards $117M in case alleging talcum powder caused mesothelioma

Jurors in New Jersey have awarded $117 million in a lawsuit that claimed Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products caused an investment banker’s mesothelioma.

Jurors apportioned 70 percent of the…

The dangers of digital things: Self-driving cars steer proposed laws on robotics and automation
Increased reliance on robotics, artificial intelligence and automation tests whether laws and regulations designed to protect those humans are sufficient or whether new laws are necessary.
Judge punishes lawyer for using hashtag #killinnazis, tosses $27.8M Xarelto verdict on other grounds
A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday overturned a $27.8 million verdict against the makers of the blood thinner Xarelto in a lawsuit by an Indiana woman who claimed the drug caused severe gastrointestinal bleeding.
Milberg joins forces with mass tort firm Sanders Philips Grossman

Class action and complex litigation firm Milberg and mass tort firm Sanders Phillips Grossman plan to partner up, becoming Milberg Tadler Phillips Grossman, the American Lawyer and Global…

Drugmaker claims #killinnazis Instagram posts are part of lawyers’ ‘xenophobic’ strategy

Lawyers seeking to overturn a $27.8 million verdict against the makers of the blood thinner Xarelto contend that nine Instagram posts using the hashtag #killinnazis are part of a strategy…

California judge tosses $417M talcum powder verdict

Updated: A judge in California has overturned a $417 million verdict and granted a new trial in a suit claiming talcum powder causes ovarian cancer.

Judge Maren Nelson of Los…

Missouri appeals court tosses $72M talcum powder verdict, says suit was filed in wrong state

A $72 million verdict in a suit contending that talcum powder causes cancer has been overturned as a result of a U.S. Supreme Court decision in June that limited the…

Illinois Supreme Court removes judge from a second case after alleged ‘rolling inquisition’

The Illinois Supreme Court has removed a Chicago judge from a case after a lawyer alleged the judge had engaged in a two-year “rolling inquisition” in a desperate bid “to…

Emailed photo that arrived as talc trial began among new evidence credited in $417M cancer verdict

An emailed photo and negative evidence about witnesses supporting Johnson & Johnson’s safety claims may have influenced jurors who awarded $417 million to a woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer after…

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