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Editor: Christopher J. Robinette
Widener Commonwealth Law School

Friday, May 7, 2010

Personal Injury Roundup No. 76

Reform, Legislation, Policy

  • Vermont legislature considers whether doctors should disclose receipt of free drug samples. (Pharmalot)
  • House committee investigates recall of childrens' Tylenol and other over-the-counter childrens' medicines.  (WaPo)

New Suits

  • Lots of lawsuits filed over BP oil spill in the Gulf (About Lawsuits, National Law Journal/, including several wrongful death suits on behalf of the workers killed in the original explosion.  (National Law Journal/
  • Illiniois woman files suit against vacuum manufacturer alleging that defective vacuum sucked the hair out of her scalp. (Abnormal Use)
  • "Tea is hot, too."   Suit against Starbucks for too hot tea.  (Overlawyered)
  • Utah sues Johnson & Johnson and Astra Zeneca, alleging that both manufacturers failed to disclose side effects of their antipsychotic drugs.  (Pharmalot)


  • California appellate court revives Franklin Mint's malicious prosecution case against Manatt.  (The Recorder/


  • John Day points out the impact of the federal damages cap for oil spills on the BP suits.  (Day on Torts)

Trials, Settlements and Other Ends

  • Links to WTC settlement and other documents (Mass Torts Profs)
  • "Wyeth seeks new trial in Nevada Preempro case."  (AP/
  • Comedian wins defamation suit based on mother-in-law jokes.  (ABA Journal)
  • Merck wins second Fosamax trial.  (Pharmalot)
  • Nevada jury finds drug manufacturer liable for hepatis-C transmission to plaintiff.  (CNBC/AP)


  • Walter Olson leaves the Manhattan Institute and joins CATO.  Ted Frank replaces Olson as editor of Point of Law. (Overlawyered, Point of Law)


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