Articles by Brendan Pierson

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 …

Lawsuits Targeting E-Cigarettes Increase Along with Death, Illness Reports

Several deaths and potentially hundreds of illnesses have been tied to e-cigarettes, which allow users to inhale nicotine vapor, often flavored, without smoking. Lawsuits have been filed against e-cigarette maker Juul and more are expected amid increasing scrutiny. The following …

Court Holds Amazon Liable for Products of Other Vendors Sold on Its Site

A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled against Amazon.com Inc. in a case that could expose the online retailer to lawsuits from customers who buy defective products from third-party vendors through its website. Numerous other courts, including two federal appeals …

Bayer Seeks Dismissal of $78M Roundup Glyphosate Verdict or New Trial

Bayer AG on Wednesday asked a California appellate court to throw out a $78 million judgment it was ordered to pay to a school groundskeeper who claimed the company’s weed killers gave him cancer. In a filing in California’s Court …

Judge Rules Racial Bias Claim Against Bank Must Go to Private Arbitration

A black former Morgan Stanley broker who filed a lawsuit accusing the bank of racial bias must pursue his claims in private arbitration, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday. U.S. District Judge John Koeltl in Manhattan ruled that the former …

Federal Judge Rules Cryptocurrency Falls Under Securities Law

U.S. securities law can be used to prosecute fraud cases over cryptocurrency offerings, a New York federal judge ruled on Tuesday in what appeared to be the first court decision to address the issue. The ruling from U.S. District Judge …

Barbados Ex-Minister Charged in U.S. with Laundering Bribes from Insurer

A former minister in the government of Barbados has been criminally charged in the United States with laundering bribes he received from a Barbadian insurance company, federal prosecutors said on Monday. Donville Inniss, who formerly served as minister of industry …

Federal Judge Rules Against Consumer Financial Bureau Structure

A federal judge in New York ruled on Thursday that the structure of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is unconstitutional, forbidding the agency from suing a company that advances money to people awaiting settlement payouts. The decision by U.S. …