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Northern California Roundup cases sought for bellwether trials

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria is asking all California residents who filed a lawsuit in the state against Monsanto alleging its herbicide Roundup caused their cancer to notify him if their individual cases could be transferred to the Northern District of California in an effort to beef up the pool of bellwether candidates. Nearly 900 cases are pending in the federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) against Monsanto. But since Judge Chhabria is presiding over the MDL, the first cases to go to trial must be filed in the Northern District. Currently, there are only four cases to choose from. Judge Chhabria ... Read More

Motion suggests pharmacy benefit managers adopt opioid guidelines

The top pharmacy benefit management (PBM) companies, like CVS Caremark, Express Scripts Inc., and OptumRx Inc., should be required to follow opioid prescribing guidelines consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in light of the opioid epidemic, according to a new motion in the growing opioid multidistrict litigation (MDL). The motion for preliminary injunction came out of two MDL cases – one filed by union benefit plans for Ohio residents, and another filed by Webb County, Texas. PBMs have, for the most part, flown under the radar in the opioid MDL, until now. The opioid MDL consolidated ... Read More

DEA Airplane Crash-Landed on Texas Road at Rush-Hour

A Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) airplane crash-landed Wednesday, surprising drivers on Voss Road, near Sugar Land, Texas. Only one of the three passengers on the plane was injured. The unidentified victim was treated and released from a nearby hospital. The plane, a single-engine Cessna, was on a training mission and was scheduled to land at the Sugar Land Regional Airport around 3 p.m. local time. According to a DEA spokesman, the plane suffered a mechanical problem, forcing the pilot into an emergency landing. He was attempting to land on the road when he snagged power lines and struck several cars. ... Read More

Class Action Filed For Ford F-150 Owners With Dangerous Brake Defect

If you own a 2013-2018 Ford F-150 pickup truck, you may be eligible to join a nationwide class-action case seeking damages related to a safety defect that could cause the sudden loss of brake power. The class-action, filed in a U.S. court in Eastern Michigan by the Beasley Allen Law Firm of Montgomery, Alabama, and the Miller Law Firm of Rochester, Michigan, alleges that Ford has put drivers of the affected F-150s and motorists with whom they share the road at risk. According to the lawsuit, Ford F-150s from model years 2013-2018 are built with brake master cylinders made by ... Read More

No Indemnification for Tom Cruise Movie Producers in Airplane Crash Litigation

Four movie production companies seeking to be released from any potential awards or judgments against them in a body of airplane crash litigation have had their case dismissed by a Georgia federal judge. The production companies, Cross Creek Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, Quadrant Pictures and Vendian Entertainment, are embroiled in lawsuits blaming them for a fatal airplane crash on the set of the Tom Cruise movie “American Made.” Judge Michael Brown of Georgia’s Northern District, where the production companies wanted to shift all liability to the maintenance company that maintained the doomed airplane, said the plaintiffs should wait until the lawsuits ... Read More

AbbVie reaches tentative settlement deal in testosterone MDL

AndroGel maker AbbVie Inc. has reached a tentative agreement to settle about 6,000 lawsuits pending in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) alleging its testosterone replacement therapy causes heart attacks, strokes and blood clots. All cases against AbbVie and its subsidiaries Abbott Laboratories, Solvay Pharmaceuticals Inc., and Unimed Pharmaceuticals LLC, have been stayed per an order by U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly as the companies work toward finalizing a global settlement. The multidistrict litigation was centralized in the Northern District of Illinois in 2014 against several testosterone manufacturers, over claims that the companies hid cardiovascular side effects from consumers. Beginning in July ... Read More

Industries should invest in gas detection or face major lawsuits

Steve Billingham, CEO of U.K.-based air pollution monitoring firm Duvas Technologies, is warning every business involved in the oil and gas industry – including refining, processing and chemicals manufacturing – to invest in the latest gas detection expertise or face major litigation. Billingham based his warning on a recent class action lawsuit in the United States brought by 9,000 residents affected by the October 2015 Aliso Canyon California methane leak that dumped more than 100,000 metric tonnes of toxic chemicals into the area. Plaintiffs are asking for up to $2.5 billion in damages from Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) for ... Read More

Nissan Recalls Vehicles For Ignition Switch Defect

Nissan is recalling more than 165,000 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada to repair an ignition switch problem that could turn off the engine while the vehicle is in motion, resulting in the risk of a crash and deactivating the airbags. Although the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has yet to announce a recall of the Nissan vehicles, the Japanese automaker confirmed the recall to Consumer Reports. Canada’s transportation regulatory agency, Transport Canada, announced the Nissan recall on Aug. 22, saying that the problem stems from a spring in the ignition assembly that could wear out over time and ... Read More

Whistleblower Suit Ends in $21 Million Recovery from Ambulance Kickback Schemers

A sprawling whistleblower lawsuit implicating an ambulance company, its affiliated companies, and several municipal clients in an illegal kickback scheme has been settled, federal prosecutors announced. East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System and East Texas Medical Center Regional Health Services (“the ETMC defendants”) their affiliated ambulance company, Paramedics Plus, and other defendants agreed to pay the U.S. more than $21 million to resolve the allegations, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The government’s case against the ambulance industry defendants stems from a complaint filed by Dr. Stephen Dean under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. The ... Read More

Monsanto faces 8,000 Roundup cases, Bayer CEO says

The number of lawsuits accusing Monsanto’s weed killers of causing cancer has jumped from 5,200 to 8,000. Shares of Bayer, which recently acquired the agro-chemicals company, have dropped 11 percent since a California jury earlier this month ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million to a school groundskeeper who claimed the glyphosate-based Roundup and Ranger Pro caused his terminal cancer. Bayer CEO Werner Baumann told investors during a conference call that when it bought Monsanto, the company “could not foresee the scope of the current lawsuits.” He said the company intends to vigorously fight the lawsuits and plans to ask the ... Read More