Articles by Brendan Pierson

Teva, AbbVie Finalize $6.6B Opioid Settlements

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and AbbVie Inc. have finalized the terms of settlements worth more than $6.6 billion to resolve thousands of lawsuits by U.S. state and local governments over the marketing of opioid painkillers, the companies and lawyers for …

U.S. Supreme Court Rebuffs Dispute Over Nursing Home COVID Suits

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear California nursing home operator Glenhaven Healthcare’s bid to avoid a lawsuit filed in state court over the COVID-19 death of a resident, turning away the company’s effort to move the case …

CVS, Walgreens and Walmart to Pay $13.8B to Settle U.S. Opioid Claims: Sources

CVS Health Corp, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and Walmart Inc. have tentatively agreed to pay about $13.8 billion to resolve thousands of U.S. state and local government lawsuits accusing the chains of mishandling opioid painkillers, according to two people familiar …

L’Oreal’s Hair Straighteners Caused Woman’s Uterine Cancer, Lawsuit Claims

L’Oreal SA has been sued by a Missouri woman who alleges she developed uterine cancer as a result of using the French cosmetic company’s hair-straightening products. The lawsuit, filed Friday in federal court in Chicago, came days after a study …

Veterans Seeking Earplug Damages Sue to Block 3M Healthcare Spinoff

Two U.S. military veterans on Thursday sued 3M Co. to block its planned spinoff of its healthcare business, which they called an illegal attempt to avoid compensating veterans for hearing damage caused by the company’s military-issue earplugs. The veterans said …

Appeals Court Revives Roundup Weedkiller Cancer Lawsuit

A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived a lawsuit by a Georgia man claiming Bayer AG’s Roundup weedkiller caused his cancer, the latest in a string of legal defeats for the company as it seeks to avoid potentially billions of …

Bayer, BASF Win New Trial on $60 Million Damage Award in Weedkiller Lawsuit

Bayer and BASF have won a new trial on $60 million in punitive damages they were ordered to pay a Missouri peach farmer who said dicamba, a herbicide they produced, drifted onto his orchard and harmed his crops. The 8th …

Court Blocks Bulk of Florida’s New Social Media Law as Free Speech Violation

Most of a Florida law that sought to stop social media companies from restricting users’ political speech violates the companies’ free speech rights and cannot be enforced, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday, agreeing with a lower court. However, …

3M Ordered to Pay $77.5 Million to Veteran in Latest Earplug Trial

A jury in Pensacola, Florida federal court on Friday ordered 3M Co. to pay $77.5 million to a U.S. Army veteran who said he suffered hearing damage as a result of using the company’s military-issue earplugs. The verdict for veteran …

Arkansas Sues Drugmakers, Pharmacy Benefit Managers Over Insulin Costs

Arkansas’s attorney general on Wednesday accused drugmakers and pharmacy benefit managers of colluding to drive up the price of insulin drugs, the latest in a series of lawsuits to take aim at skyrocketing insulin costs. The lawsuit, filed in Pulaski …