Product Liability/Mass Torts
Reed Smith's Beck says the U.S. Supreme Court's eventual ruling in Halliburton v. Erica P. John Fund holds great promise for product liability defense lawyers, while the securities bar takes all the risk.
Calling the actions of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Kirkland & Ellis "deeply disappointing," New Orleans federal judge Carl Barbier accused BP and its lawyers of a "startling reversal" of position on the scope of the $9.6 billion Deepwater Horizon settlement.
BP and its lawyers at Gibson Dunn are continuing to attack U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans, filing an emergency motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit asserting that Barbier failed to halt the payment of claims that weren't caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The First Circuit shot down a Massachusetts consumer protection case against two doctors, a medical journal and its publisher over an allegedly flawed article cited by defendants in birth-injury medical malpractice cases.
Even with a platoon of top-shelf appellate lawyers, Big Tobacco hasn't had much luck pressing a constitutional challenge to the way the Florida courts are handling the so-called "Engle progeny" litigation. That proved true again on Monday, when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider the tobacco companies' claims that judges in Florida are trampling their due process rights.
In a rare win for plaintiffs involving the Class Action Fairness Act, the Ninth Circuit ruled that a mass pharmaceutical action involving hundreds of individual plaintiffs can stay in a California state court over the objections of defendant Teva, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and a dissenting judge.