Crumb Rubber Fields – An Emerging Mass Tort?

Bloomberg News recently interviewed my law partner Doug Daniels and I for an article entitled “Playing Fields and Cancer – An Emerging Mass Tort?”  The article examines whether crumb rubber synthetic playing fields could be the next mass tort considering the effects these fields have on public health and the environment.  The chances are good these fields become vulnerable to litigation, …

Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $55 Million in Talcum Powder Trial

Johnson & Johnson was ordered by a U.S. jury on Monday to pay $55 million to a woman who said that using the company’s talc-powder products for feminine hygiene caused her to develop ovarian cancer. The verdict, which J&J plans to appeal, was the second straight trial loss for the company, which is facing about 1,200 lawsuits accusing it of not …

Federal Judge Stengel Finds for Plaintiff on Evidentiary Issues in Tylenol Liver Damage Action

A Pennsylvania judge has issued a number of evidentiary findings in favor of the plaintiff in a bellwether Tylenol liver damage case, ruling in part that the plaintiff may present evidence of adverse event reports, fraud on the FDA, employee compensation, and other lawsuits. In an April 19 order, Judge Lawrence Stengel of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern …

Fresenius Settles All Granuflo Claims for $250 Million

Fresenius Medical Care agrees to pay $250 million to resolve U.S. litigation related to its GranuFlo and NaturaLyte products. Under the terms of the agreement, 97% of the plaintiffs must agree to the settlement by July 2016 to receive funding in August 2016. Insurers will pay $220M (88%) of the total settlement amount.The company intends to record a $60M charge …

3 Federal Agencies Officially Begin Researching the Danger of Crumb Rubber Fields

  Finally the government is getting involved in researching crumb rubber fields.  NBC News reports, “Three federal agencies are teaming up to investigate the safety of crumb rubber artificial turf used in playing fields and playground all across the country.” “The Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced an ‘action plan’ on …

Harvard Study Suggests Link Between E-Cigarettes and Lung Disease

E-cigarettes are coming.  Some say they are already here.  Especially if you visit an average high school parking lot after school. USA Today article on E-Cigarettes states how flavored e-cigarettes may seem like an alternative to smoking, but researchers warn that flavored e-cigarettes may not be worth the unknown long-term risks. Researchers at the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of …

VOLKSWAGEN UPDATE: MORE CARS MAY BE AFFECTED

The New York Times and other media outlets are reporting that more Volkswagen cars than originally thought may be affected with the cheating emissions software. Originally, only cars and light commercial vehicles equipped with a diesel motor line known as the EA 189 had the illegal software.  However, Volkswagen said it was investigating whether some versions of another diesel motor …

UPDATE: Actos Settlement Reportedly Hits 97% Threshold

Enough claimants have signed on to trigger a $2.4 billion payment from Takeda Pharmaceuticals to settle a large dose of the litigation pending against the drugmaker over the alleged negative effects of its Actos diabetes drug, lawyers for thousands of the plaintiffs have announced. On Oct. 7, Meyers & Flowers, a law firm based in St. Charles, Ill., in Chicago’s …

New Volkswagen CEO Says Emissions Scandal Could Signal the End of the Company

USA Today is reporting that Volkswagen’s new CEO, Hans Dieter Poetsch, admits how the Volkswagen emissions scandal could cripple the world’s largest automaker to the point that it is forced to shut down. Poetsch warned managers how the automaker’s diesel-emission scandal poses “an existence-threatening crisis for the company” as new details emerged about how the debacle unfolded. The New York …