Los Angeles, CA: Almost a year ago Bill Paxton, the actor who starred in “Apollo 13” died suddenly following heart surgery. This week, his family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the surgeon and the medical center where Paxton underwent surgery. The complaint asserts the surgeon was negligent as he misrepresented the risks of involved with the procedure.
Washington, DC: This week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that defective Takata airbag recall has been expanded to include vehicles from 14 different automakers. According to ABCNews on Thursday night, the NHTSA posted documents to its website listing the latest affected vehicles. These include Ford, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Daimler Vans, Toyota, Tesla, BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Mazda, Subaru, Jaguar-Land Rover, McLaren and Volkswagen. Last week, Toyota, Ford and Honda released some of their affected models.
Washington, DC: A supreme court ruling in an ERISA lawsuit concerning the statute of limitations pertaining to plaintiffs claims, namely, Tibble, et al vs. Edison International, et al, has found the VP of human resources liable of a fiduciary breach.
Santa Clara, CA: In the latest talcum powder lawsuit, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has been ordered to pay $417 million in damages to a woman who claimed she developed terminal ovarian cancer after using the company's talc-based products such as Johnson's Baby Powder.
Detroit, Michigan: Even though a federal judge granted approval of a $6.5 million settlement in a labor violations class action involving Deja Vu nightclubs, payment to class members will be delayed until the appeal is resolved.
Santa Clara, CA: Yet another Takata air bag recall is in the works. Announced this week, the recall involves 2.7 million air bag inflators made between 2005 and 2012 and installed in Ford, Nissan and Mazda vehicles sold in the US. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) website, as of January 19, 2017, some 42,000,000 vehicles are affected by Takata airbag recalls.
Santa Clara, CA: Takata, the Japanese maker of defective airbags that have been recalled by the millions, has filed for bankruptcy. Defective Takata airbags have been linked to 11 deaths in the US.
Washington, D.C. Good chance that the bill known as the Financial Choice Act slipped by many Americans when it passed through Congress on June 8, 2017. However, advocacy groups and lawyers involved in consumer litigation and class action lawsuits definitely noticed. They see a world of hurt on the horizon for Americans that run up against the power of big corporations.
Santa Clara, CA: About 5,000 Fosamax personal injury cases have been given renewed life this week, after the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit overturned an earlier dismissal of multidistrict litigation (MDL) which claims users of Merck's osteoporosis drug suffered femur fractures.
Troy, MI Members of the Michigan Muslim community have launched a lawsuit arguing that the travel restrictions imposed on citizens from seven countries with Muslim majorities is unconstitutional. The complaint, filed in Virginia in Federal Court, argues President Trump’s Executive Order titled “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals” will have dire consequences for them as individuals and stigmatize them for years to come.
Washington, DC: Takata will pay $1 billion to the US government for concealing information regarding its defective airbags. Additionally, three Takata executive are facing criminal charges brought by federal prosecutors over the airbag scandal. The Takata airbag recalls are the largest automotive recalls in US history and are the cause of several deaths.
Dallas, TX: Although the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act DPPA disallows state DMV’s from disclosing your personal information for direct marketing, without your express consent, attorney Joseph Malley has discovered that most states sell that information to companies using it for such purpose—in direct violation of the DPPA. And it’s a multi-billion dollar business from which you get nothing.
New York, NY The Bayer Corporation, a global pharmaceutical behemoth, is accused of discriminating against a pregnant female employee and sidelining another female executive once vaulted as a star employee in a gender discrimination and employment law suit.
If you are a licensed driver with the Department of Motor Vehicles, chances are your private information has been sold. And your privacy and security could be at risk. Having worked on cases involving the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) for more than a decade, Attorney Joseph Malley says that Department of Motor Vehicles in 37 states are selling private driver information to thousands and thousands of entities. And Malley has filed cases involving about 145 million people.
Santa Clara, CA: A $70 million award has been granted court approval for a woman in California who sued Johnson & Johnson (J&J) alleging J&J Talc Powder caused her cancer. The suit claimed “negligent conduct" in making and marketing its baby powder.
Everett, MA A New England team of environmental lawyers from the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is taking ExxonMobil to court to force the oil giant to upgrade its storage facilities in Everett, Massachusetts.
Camden, NJ: An issue that has been grabbing headlines (Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer Risk) in recent months due to the heritage nature of a product used for generations, is progressing forward on the litigation front with the selection of a venue for multidistrict litigation. And while Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has seen the most ink in terms of its heritage ‘Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder’ brand, there are other talcum-based powder products and manufacturers also at play.
The state of Texas has agreed to expand the types of documents immigrant parents can give to get birth certificates for their children born in the United States, settling a lawsuit filed by immigrant families.
Ottawa, ON: The temptation to use hair dye to trim a few years off of your appearance is universal. So, in the fall of 2013, a Canadian man from Ottawa, Ontario, purchased and began using a well-known Just For Men hair dye product, marketed as Men H-45 Dark Brown Shampoo-in Haircolor.
St. Louis, MO: As Johnson & Johnson is ordered to pay $55 million in a talcum powder side effects lawsuit, more lawsuits are being filed alleging certain talcum powders are actually dangerous products linked to ovarian cancer. The $55 million award is the second large award handed out in Johnson & Johnson talcum powder lawsuits in recent months.