Friday, October 23, 2009

Personal Injury Roundup No. 55 (10/23/09)

Happy Fall to all our readers. . . here's what happened this lovely fall week in the world of torts. 

Reform, Legislation, Policy

  • FDA issues a "letter to industry" that the agency will take enforcement action aginst false or misleading package information (such as implied nutrient claims).  (Food Law Prof, FDA Law Blog, ABC News, WaPo
  • Committee action on OSHA nominee postponed.  (Point of Law)
  • GAO finds FDA slow in banning researchers convicted of fraud.  (NY Times, Pharmalot)
  • Bi-partisan support for bill that would give FDA new powers over food supply.  (LA Times)
  • Senators introduce Dairy Country of Origin Labeling Act.  (Supermarket News)

New Lawsuits

Trials, Settlements and Other Ends

  • California federal district court dimisses putative consumer fraud class action concerning defective Sears washing machines.  (Mass Tort Defense)
  • Jury awards $105 million to NYC in Exxon MTBE case.  (Point of Law, About Lawsuits)
  • Defamation suit against alleged Autoadmit harassers settles.  (Brian Leiter, ABA Journal)
  • Defamation suit against Target settles.  (Turkewitz)

Appeals

  • Alabama Supreme Court reverses multi-million dollar fraud judgment against drug companies.  (TortsProf)
  • Massachusetts Supreme Court recognizes medical monitoring cuase of action. (TortsProf, Drug & Device, Point of Law)
  • Maryland Court of Appeals bars expert testimony in med-mal case because expert spent more than 20% of his time just testifying.  (Bernabe)
  • Fifth Circuit allows suit by Katrina victims alleging the defendant oil and coal companies created greenhouse gasses, which caused global warming, which then caused a rise in sea levels, adding to Hurricane Katrina‚Äôs ferocity. (WSJ Law Blog, Russell Jackson, ABA Journal)

Miscellaneous

--SBS

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