Claims In Fiat Chrysler Car-Hacking Suit Trimmed By Judge
An Illinois federal judge on Friday kept alive a proposed class action alleging Fiat Chrysler’s automobiles have a defective internet connectivity system that allows hackers to take control of the vehicle, but significantly trimmed the drivers’ claims.
2nd Circ. Says CoreLogic Doesn’t Have To Pay $4M In FTC Suit
The Second Circuit on Friday upheld a lower court’s ruling that LeadClick Media LLC violated the Federal Trade Commission Act through its role in a deceptive marketing scheme for weight-loss products but differed in finding that parent company CoreLogic wasn’t required to pay out $4.1 million.
Modell’s Evades Hoverboard Row After Jurisdiction Order
Sporting goods retailer Modell’s was dismissed from a proposed class action alleging it was liable for selling a self-balancing “hoverboard” that later supposedly exploded while charging, after an Indiana federal judge found jurisdiction lacking because the retailer had no connection to the state.
Tobacco Cos. Slammed With $9M Verdict In Engle Trial
A Florida jury on Friday hit R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Philip Morris USA Inc. with a total of $3 million in punitive damages in an Engle progeny trial over a longtime smoker’s lung cancer death, adding to a $6.1 million compensatory verdict awarded in the case earlier this week.
Philip Morris Beats $19M Engle Progeny Suit At Trial
Philip Morris USA Inc. is not liable in a $19 million Engle progeny trial brought by the widow and daughter of a chain-smoking clothing store owner who died of lung cancer, a Miami jury decided on Thursday.
Judge Rips Kirkland, Facebook For Sending Junior Attorney
A Brooklyn federal judge reportedly came down hard on a Kirkland & Ellis LLP associate in a pre-motion conference on Thursday, taking the young lawyer’s firm to task for sending him instead of a partner to defend Facebook Inc. against claims it facilitated international terrorism.
DRUGS & DEVICES
GSK Still Wants Hearing On Expert Of Reed Smith Atty’s Widow
GlaxoSmithKline PLC on Thursday urged an Illinois federal court not to call off a pretrial hearing to vet the mental health expert of a widow of a Reed Smith LLP partner who killed himself after taking the company’s antidepressant, saying it is making a legitimate request for information.
Texas Justices Won’t Review Medical Device Claims Ruling
The Texas Supreme Court Friday denied a medical device manufacturer’s request for review of an appellate court ruling that personal injury claims aren’t subject to the same tort-reform requirements imposed on health care liability claims, despite the company’s argument it’s a health care provider.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
China Moves To Reopen Market To US Beef
The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture on Thursday announced that it is lifting its decade-plus mad cow disease-based ban on U.S. beef.
Chipotle, Consumer Ordered To Share More Docs In GMO Suit
Both Chipotle and a consumer accusing it of lying about the use of genetically modified ingredients in its food were ordered to hand over more discovery documents on Thursday by a Florida federal judge who found the chain’s confidentiality arguments unpersuasive and the consumer’s generic responses “meaningless.”
Sugar Co. Let Stones Into Yogurt Ingredients, Suit Says
AmCane Sugar LLC has asked that Ohio federal court, rather than a state court, hear a suit accusing it of selling tainted evaporated cane juice to a company that prepares fruit chunks for Chobani yogurts, which sued after receiving sweetener that was allegedly littered with rocks and stones.
Consumers Defend Starbucks Underfill Class Action
Starbucks drinkers vehemently defended an Illinois federal court class action over beverage underfilling on Thursday, saying Starbucks promises a certain amount of fluid but replaces a discretionary portion of that with ice,