Product News and Recalls

COVID-19 Raising “Take-home Tort” Questions

covid19 the subject of a new take-home tort in CaliforniaA recent opinion piece published on Bloomberg raises an interesting – and very timely – question: if your spouse’s employer requires your spouse to come to the work environment and contracts COVID-19, and then you contract the disease from your spouse, can you sue your spouse’s employer?

The question is not just a theoretical exercise. It is, indeed, the basis for a lawsuit recently filed ...

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2017 Alaska Airlines Lawsuit Results in $3M Win for Plaintiff

family awarded 3 million dollars in Alaska airlines gate assistance lawsuitIt was nearly four years ago that 75-year-old passenger Bernice Kekona mistook an escalator for an elevator at Portland International Airport while traveling from Hawaii to Spokane, Washington. Ms. Kekona had an amputated leg and a variety of other health concerns, so her family arranged for her to have gate-to-gate service during her connection.

Gate-to-gate service is exactly as its name implies. The passenger is assisted off ...

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See You in (Civil) Court – A Primer on Pennsylvania Civil Cases

information on civil casesGetting arrested, pressing charges, arraignments, indictments – when people think of the nation’s court system the first place the mind goes is generally to criminal prosecution. A suspect is charged with a crime, cases are presented regarding their guilt or innocence, and a jury decides whether the plaintiff sleeps at home that night or spends the next few months, years, or lifetimes behind bars.

Civil litigation, however, is not a criminal matter. While defective ...

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Report: Merck Failed to Warn Public on Propecia Suicide Risk

merck was aware of propecia suicide risk when changing label informationWhile crafting the language for the 2011 update to the label for its flagship hair loss drug Propecia, Merck was aware of a stunning number of reports of suicide among those taking the drug. Yet today, even though the FDA has records of over 700 reports of suicide or suicidal thoughts related to Propecia or its generics, Propecia’s label makes absolutely no mention of depression or ...

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Bayer Agrees to $2 Billion Settlement for Future Roundup Claims

bayer agrees to 2 billion dollar settlement for future roundup casesAfter setting aside nearly $10 billion to settle over 125,000 claims from victims who alleged that Bayer’s flagship weed killer Roundup gave them cancer, the corporation has set aside another $2 billion for those whose cancer has not yet been diagnosed, but could be attributed to exposure to the product.

News of the agreement arrived in the first days of February and largely closes ...

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Spike in Workplace Lawsuits Driven Largely by COVID-19

pandemic led to hundreds of additional workplace lawsuits in 20202020 broke records across the board when it came to workplace-related lawsuits, particularly class-action lawsuits filed by groups of employees banding together to take on their employers’ approach to workplace safety, pay, and leave policies. The lawsuits were driven in large part by COVID-19 and its profound impact on how we view work in this country.

Over 1,000 workplace-related lawsuits were filed in one of the most tumultuous ...

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