Articles by Tina Bellon

Legal Experts See Obstacles for J&J Appeal of $4.7 Billion Talc Verdict

Johnson & Johnson has vowed to appeal a $4.7 billion verdict awarded to 22 women who claim asbestos-contaminated talc in the company’s products gave them ovarian cancer by arguing the plaintiffs’ science was flawed and the case should not have …

Jury Says J&J Should Pay Record $4.7 Billion in Talc Cancer Case

A Missouri jury on Thursday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a record $4.69 billion to 22 women who alleged the company’s talc-based products, including its baby powder, contain asbestos and caused them to develop ovarian cancer. The verdict is …

Lawsuits Against Monsanto’s Roundup Cleared for Trial

Hundreds of lawsuits against Monsanto Co. by cancer survivors or families of those who died can proceed to trial, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday, finding there was sufficient evidence for a jury to hear the cases that blame the …

$55M J&J Talc-Powder Verdict Tossed by Missouri Appeals Court

A Missouri appeals court on June 29 threw out a $55 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit by a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using its talc-based products, including J&J’s Baby Powder, for feminine …

Tesla Settles Class Action Over ‘Inoperable’ Autopilot Features

Tesla Inc. on Thursday reached an agreement to settle a class action lawsuit with buyers of its Model S and Model X cars who alleged that the company’s assisted-driving Autopilot system was “essentially unusable and demonstrably dangerous.” The lawsuit said …

J&J Baby Powder Verdict Reaches Almost $26 Million

Johnson & Johnson was ordered by a California jury to pay $4 million in punitive damages to a 68-year-old woman who claimed her deadly cancer was caused by asbestos in the company’s baby powder. The jury awarded $21.7 million in …

More States File Opioid Lawsuits Against Drug Firms

Litigation against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP is intensifying as six more U.S. states on Tuesday announced lawsuits, accusing the company of fueling a national opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing its prescription painkillers to generate billions of dollars in sales. …

Car Makers Urged to Relay Limitations, Downplay Hype in Marketing Autonomous Systems

Deadly crashes involving Tesla Inc. and Uber Technologies vehicles operating entirely or in part under automated systems have made a once-abstract problem very real for auto industry lawyers gathered at a recent conference. It is crucial that companies accurately outline …

Jury Orders AndroGel Maker AbbVie to Pay $3M After Judge Rejected $150M

A U.S. jury on Monday ordered AbbVie Inc. to pay more than $3 million to a man who claimed the company misrepresented the risks of its testosterone replacement drug AndroGel, causing him to suffer a heart attack, though the jury …

Liability and Legal Questions Follow Uber Autonomous Car Fatal Accident

The death of a pedestrian hit by a self-driving Uber vehicle in Arizona this week could offer a test of who can be held legally responsible for accidents when a human is no longer at the wheel, legal experts said. …