Friday, August 7, 2009

Personal Injury Roundup No. 45 (8/7/09)

Here's what happened last week in the world of torts:

Reform, Legislation, Policy

  • House passes Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009.  (FDA Law Blog, Overlawyered, Mass Tort Defense)
  • More on health reform.   (NYT, ABC News Political Punch)
  • State attorneys general and health advocacy groups call for tougher regulation of caffeinated alcoholic drinks.  (WSJ)
  • Senate Committee holds hearings on Medical Device Safety Act, which would overturn the Supreme Court's preemption decision in Riegel.  (Life Sciences)

New Lawsuits

  • Teen passenger in speeding car sues victim of crash.  (Overlawyered)
  • Chicago doctor sued for performing surgery on the wrong knee.  (AboutLawsuits)
  • Sarah Palin threatens defamation suit over divorce rumors.  (Hollyscoop)

Trials, Settlements and Other Ends

  • Northern District of Illinois dismisses proposed baby bottle cooler class action against Platex Products.  (Mass Tort Defense)
  • Two products liability cases dismissed under Iqbal pleading standard.  (American Lawyer/law.com)
  • Merck reaches $80 million Vioxx settlement with third-party payor plaintiffs.  (AP/law.com, WSJ)
  • $1.6M verdict in Florida school bus crash case. (About Lawsuits)
  • Pennsylvania state court judge recommends defamation verdict against The Citizens' Voice be vacated and a new trial held.  (How Appealing)
  • Shoe-manufacturer Crocs settles products liability suits over design of the popular rubber foam clogs.  (OnPoint News)
  • Merck & Schering-Plough settle Vytorin suits for $41.5 million.  (AP/law.com)

Damages

Miscellaneous    

  • Rejecting the plaintiffs' attorneys plan to divide leadership among seven firms, federal judge names lead counsel in Aetna class action.  (NJ Law Journal/law.com)
  • WSJ Law Blog has interesting follow-up (via AP) on the coupon redemption rate in the Ford rollover litigation settlement:  Of the 1 million class members, 75 have redeemed their settlement coupon. 



- SBS

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