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Bayer Reaches Deals on Big Share of 125,000 Roundup Weedkiller Suits

Bayer AG has reached verbal agreements to resolve a substantial portion of an estimated 125,000 U.S. cancer lawsuits over use of its Roundup weedkiller, according to people familiar with the negotiations. The deals, which have yet to be signed and …

J&J’s Baby Powder Switch Sets an End Date for Legal Liability

Johnson & Johnson’s decision to phase out the talc-based version of its iconic baby powder may signal the company is moving out of litigation-defense mode over allegations the product causes cancer and preparing for a global settlement of almost 20,000 …

PG&E Judge Rejects Bid to Throw Out Victims’ Bankruptcy Vote

The judge overseeing PG&E Corp.’s bankruptcy rejected an effort by dissident fire victims to upend voting on the California utility’s reorganization plan. Judge Dennis Montali said during a hearing Friday that he planned to deny a motion asking to throw …

Viewpoint: Pa. Supreme Court Hands Insurers ‘Small Victory’ on COVID-19 Litigation

Key Takeaways The Pennsylvania Supreme Court declined to exercise jurisdiction over all COVID-19 insurance coverage litigation. The decision relates to an application for extraordinary relief from a Pittsburgh-based restaurant seeking coverage for business income losses allegedly triggered by the COVID-19 …

Senators, Business and Labor Feel Their Way on Virus Liability

Congressional Republicans have made liability protection for employers a nonnegotiable demand in any new coronavirus stimulus, but Senator Lindsey Graham, an ally of President Donald Trump, says that regulators have a role to play in the workplace. The government must …

Viewpoint: How COVID-19 and Recession Are Upending Workers’ Comp

COVID-19 and the onset of a deep global recession are reshaping every corner of workers’ compensation, from legal issues surrounding coverage to the delivery of care to injured workers. Some of the changes can be anticipated based on prior recessions. …

U.S. Judge Rules Talc Lawsuits Against J&J Can Proceed, Testimony Limited

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 …

You’ve Been Served: Court Notices Carry New Risks Amid Virus

Even in the best of the times, not many people are happy to see a process server. The people who hand-deliver court paperwork — including divorces, evictions, and lawsuits — are accustomed to being threatened and cursed at. Now, they …

Appellate Court Revives Lawsuit Against National Claims Negotiators

A decision by a Texas appellate court last week breathed new life into litigation against a public adjuster that is accused of conspiring with a roofing contractor and attorneys to scam homeowners by charging exorbitant and unnecessary fees. The 5th …

West Virginia Governor’s Coal Companies to Pay $5 Million In Fines

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Billionaire West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s coal companies have agreed to pay more than $5 million for thousands of mine safety violations, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. The civil case brought by prosecutors in Virginia last year on …