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Friday, October 24, 2008

Personal Injury Roundup No. 12 (10/24/08)

On this day in history, the George Washington Bridge in New York City was dedicated, and the forty-hour work week went into effect in the United States.   No historical torts news, so on to recent events: 

Reform, Legislation, Policy

  • Science Board to the Food and Drug Administration will meet on Oct. 31st to discuss the topic of BPA. (Mass Tort Defense)
  • In the meantime, Canada becomes first country to ban BPA baby bottles. (WebMD)
  • Republican candidates for AG in Ohio and West Virginia pledge "greater oversight of contingency fee-based contracts and disclosure of contracts with the attorneys general offices, including agreements for outside counsel."   (Legal Newsline)
  • GAO issues report on FDA's foreign drug inspection program.  (Report (pdf), LifeSciences Legal Update, Pharmalot)
  • Congressional Research Service evaluates constitutionality of federal tort reform legislation.  (Open CRS, Law Librarian Blog)

Experts & Science

  • Court finds plaintiffs' expert causation opinions inadmissible under Daubert in the In re Human Tissue Products Liability Litigation MDL.  (NJ Law Journal/law.com, Drug & Device). 

New Lawsuits

  • Xbox gamers file consumer class action against Microsoft.  (PC World)
  • Passengers sue Lindsay Lohan for "fear and panic" during car chase.  (TortsProf, AP)
  • David Duchovny files libel suit against British newspaper.  (SF Gate, Contact Music, NOW Mag)
  • City of Tampa votes to sue engineer, builder, and construction manager over cracks that are limiting the capacity of the city's water reservoir.  (St. Pete Times)

Trials, Settlements & Other Ends

  • Pfizer settles "substantially all" of the Bextra and Celebrex suits for $900 million.  (Pharmalot, Drug & Device, AP/law.com)
  • Two diet-drug trials; two different results:  New Jersey jury awards $3M to the plaintiff in a fen-phen trial against Wyeth.  (Pharmalot).  While in Philadelphia, Wyeth gets a win. (Legal Intelligencer/law.com)
  • Trial court applies Oregon's statutory damages cap to an employment discrimination case, finding it constituted a tort within the meaning of the Oregon Tort Claims Act.  (Curry County Reporter)
  • Manhattan trial judge grants summary judgment for Lawyers Athletic League in suit by former college basketball player who was injured while playing on a team organized by Milberg Weiss.  (NY Law Journal/law.com)

Appeals

Damages

Miscellaneous

- SBS

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