Articles by Brendan Pierson

Talcum Lawsuits Against J&J Can Proceed with Testimony Limits

Thousands of plaintiffs who say that Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and talc products caused cancer can go forward with their claims, but face limits on what expert testimony will be allowed in trials after a Monday ruling by a …

New York Nurses Sue State and Two Hospitals Over ‘Inadequate’ Virus Protection

The New York State Nurses Association sued the state and two hospitals on Monday to force them to provide equipment and adopt safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among the association’s members in the hard-hit state. The association …

Employee Class Action Accuses McDonald’s of Climate of ‘Pervasive Sexual Harassment’

McDonald’s Corp. has been hit with a class action lawsuit accusing it of subjecting female employees in its corporate-owned fast-food restaurants in Florida to widespread sexual harassment. The lawsuit, filed on Friday in federal court in Chicago, says the company …

Investors Allege Securities Violations by Cryptocurrency Issuers, Exchanges

Investors have brought class action lawsuits in federal court against seven cryptocurrency issuers and four exchanges, claiming they sold billions of dollars in unregistered assets in violation of U.S. securities laws. The 11 lawsuits, filed on Friday in U.S. District …

Opioid Makers, Distributors Could Face U.S. Criminal Charges

Federal prosecutors are investigating six pharmaceutical companies for potential criminal charges in connection with shipping big quantities of opioid painkillers that contributed to a healthcare crisis, according to regulatory filings. Five companies have received subpoenas from the U.S. Attorney’s office …

Exxon, New York AG Face Off Over Climate Change Accounting

A lawyer for New York’s attorney general on Tuesday told a state judge Exxon Mobil Corp. used two sets of books to hide the true cost of climate change regulations from investors, while an attorney for the oil major assailed …

Exxon Faces Trial Over Claim It Misled Investors About Climate Change Risks

Exxon Mobil Corp. on Tuesday will face trial in a lawsuit by New York’s attorney general accusing it of misleading investors about the risks of climate change regulations to its business. The trial, expected to begin before Justice Barry Ostrager …

Two Midwest School Districts Join Lawsuit Wave Against Juul Over Vaping

Two public school districts on Monday sued Juul Labs Inc, accusing the company of endangering their students and draining their resources by marketing its addictive e-cigarettes to teenagers. The St. Charles, Missouri, and Olathe, Kansas, public school systems appeared to …

Update on Lawsuits Targeting Vaping; Litigation Expected to Grow

Several deaths and potentially hundreds of illnesses tied to e-cigarettes, which allow users to inhale nicotine vapor, often flavored, without smoking, have been reported by U.S. health agency. Lawsuits on behalf of young consumers have been filed against e-cigarette maker …

Update on Lawsuits Targeting Vaping; Litigation Expected to Grow

Several deaths and potentially hundreds of illnesses tied to e-cigarettes, which allow users to inhale nicotine vapor, often flavored, without smoking, have been reported by U.S. health agency. Lawsuits on behalf of young consumers have been filed against e-cigarette maker …