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Minnesota appeals court blocks lawsuits over surgical warming blanket

8:08pm EST

Plaintiffs who claim a widely used surgical warming blanket known as Bair Hugger increases bacterial infections cannot pursue their claims against 3M Co, which produces and markets the blanket, a Minnesota appeals court ruled.

California court dismisses bulk of amiodarone lawsuits over BMS challenge

8:06pm EST

A California court has dismissed lawsuits against several drugmakers by some 300 patients over complications from off-label use of the heart drug amiodarone, finding the out-of-state plaintiffs' claims to be barred by the 2017 U.S. Supreme Court ruling Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court of California.

Fed Circuit denies rehearing in vaccine genetic defect case

Jan 10 2019

A federal appeals court has declined to grant a full-bench review of its earlier finding that an infant's severe epilepsy was more likely caused by an underlying genetic defect than a vaccine.

Former class action plaintiff proceeds alone with Tesla lawsuit

Jan 09 2019

One man is pressing on alone with a lawsuit alleging Tesla Inc failed to warn about unintended acceleration defects in its vehicles after five of his former co-plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed similar claims.

SCOTUS declines to hear Depakote birth defect case on Daubert grounds

Jan 08 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal by a mother who argued a federal appeals court wrongly excluded two expert witnesses who backed her lawsuit's contention that her use of Abbott Laboratories' anti-seizure drug Depakote led to her son's birth defects.

Latest trial in J&J talc litigations gets under way in California

Jan 08 2019

A California jury on Monday heard opening statements in the latest trial over allegations that Johnson & Johnson's talc-based products, including the company's baby powder, were contaminated with asbestos and cause cancer.

U.S. top court declines to take up Fiat Chrysler hacking case

Jan 07 2019

WASHINGTON The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Fiat Chrysler's appeal in a class action lawsuit over allegations that its Jeeps and other trucks are vulnerable to hacking, one of the first legal cases involving automotive cyber security risks.

Monsanto asks Roundup MDL judge to exclude plaintiffs' specific causation experts

Jan 04 2019

Lawyers for Bayer AG unit Monsanto in a slew of filings on Thursday night asked a federal judge overseeing hundreds of lawsuits alleging the company's glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup causes cancer to exclude plaintiffs' three specific causation experts.

U.S. judge stands by ruling to limit evidence in Roundup cancer trials

Jan 04 2019

A federal judge overseeing lawsuits alleging Bayer AG's glyphosate-based Roundup weed killer causes cancer on Friday declined to reconsider a ruling that limits evidence the plaintiffs in the litigation consider crucial to their cases.

U.S. judge limits evidence in trial over Roundup cancer claims

Jan 03 2019

A federal judge overseeing lawsuits alleging Bayer AG's glyphosate-based weed killer causes cancer has issued a ruling that could severely restrict evidence that the plaintiffs consider crucial to their cases.

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