Articles by Lisa Richwine and Karen Freifeld

Legal Experts Expect Disney to Settle If Family Sues Over Alligator Attack

June was supposed to have been a triumphant month for Walt Disney Co theme parks, with the flashy opening of a long-planned resort in Shanghai and a new Florida attraction based on its wildly popular animated movie “Frozen.” Instead, the …

Esurance Wins Super Bowl Social Media Battle

Advertisers played it safe and light with the most expensive ever Super Bowl ad slots on Sunday, shunning previous years’ attempts to be outrageous, emotional or thought-provoking. Mountain Dew rolled out a creature made from a puppy, a monkey and …

Sony Movie Breach Could Cost $100M But Less Than 2011 Playstation Breach

Sony Corp.’s movie studio could face tens of millions of dollars in costs from the massive computer hack that hobbled its operations and exposed sensitive data, according to cybersecurity experts who have studied past breaches. The tab will be less …

U.S. Drug Safety Agency Gets Tougher on Risks After Avandia

U.S. regulators appear to be increasing their scrutiny of product risks after cases like the bitter debate over the diabetes pill Avandia, industry executives and experts said this week. The Food and Drug Administration imposed severe restrictions on GlaxoSmithKine Plc’s …

Obama Administration Asks Health Insurers to Embrace Reforms Now

U.S. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who has bashed insurers over rate increases, is seeking their help in making medical coverage accessible for more patients in the years before major reforms take effect. Sebelius, in an interview with Reuters, said she …

U.S. Supreme Court: Drug Makers Liable Even With Warning Labels

The Supreme Court Wednesday ruled against the drugmaker Wyeth, holding that pharmaceutical companies can be held liable for harm from medicines which carry warnings approved by federal regulators. By a 6-3 vote, the high court ruled that labeling approvals by …

Drugmakers’ Bid for Lawsuit Limits Heard by U.S. Supreme Court Today

The Supreme Court hears arguments Monday in a closely watched case that could limit liability claims against drugmakers if one of their medicines causes harm. The case pits drug giant Wyeth against a guitarist who lost part of an arm …

U.S. Watchdog Critical of FDA Foreign Drug Oversight

U.S. authorities increased inspections of foreign drug plants last year but still checked only a fraction of sites that supply medicine ingredients to the U.S. market, a government watchdog is set to tell Congress Tuesday. Concern about Food and Drug …