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Centers for Disease Control Probing Lung Diseases Linked to e-Cigarettes

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a “cluster” of lung illnesses that it believes may be linked to e-cigarette use after such cases were reported in 14 states. The CDC said there was no evidence that …

Edison to Face First Trial Over Woolsey Wildfire Claim in April

The first trial to determine if Edison International’s Southern California utility is liable for damages from the Woolsey wildfire that tore through Malibu last year will begin on April 27, a judge said. California Superior Court Judge William Highberger set …

Ruling Against Amazon May Prove Broader Blow to Its Business Model

A federal court ruling that Amazon.com Inc. can be held liable for a dog collar sold on its website that partly blinded a woman could complicate the online merchant’s business if it is applied broadly. The Third Circuit Court of …

Bayer Loses Second Trial Over Claims Roundup Causes Cancer

Bayer AG lost a second trial over claims its Roundup weed killer causes cancer, increasing pressure on the company to spend billions of dollars to settle thousands of similar lawsuits. A jury in San Francisco federal court awarded compensatory damages …

J&J May Be Helped by Missouri Ruling Against Talcum Lawsuits

A Missouri Supreme Court ruling on talc lawsuits could reduce the liability and number of large trials Johnson & Johnson faces over allegations its talc products, including baby powder, cause cancer. The ruling will likely offer some respite to the …

College Basketball Star’s Busted Shoe Episode Raises Loss of Value Insurance Question

Soon afterDuke University star freshman Zion Williamson’s shoe ripped apart, Nike’s stock price took a hit. The freak injury during one of the college basketball season’s marquee games immediately sparked debates about everything from the shoe manufacturer to insurance issues …

Hyundai, Kia Owners Sue Manufacturers, Claim Fires Caused by Engine Defect

Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. were sued by U.S. drivers over an alleged defect that could cause certain engines to catch fire, adding pressure on the South Korean automakers being probed by U.S. authorities. More than 350 consumer …

Breast Implants Highlight Medical Device Safety Tracking Issues

To all the world, it looked like breast implants were safe. From 2008 to 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration publicly reported 200 or so complaints annually – a tiny fraction of the hundreds of thousands of implant surgeries …

FDA Plans to Overhaul Medical Device Approval System

US health officials said Monday they plan to overhaul the nation’s decades-old system for approving most medical devices, which has long been criticized by experts for failing to catch problems with risky implants and medical instruments. The Food and Drug …

Judge Tosses $140M Verdict Against AbbVie Over Testosterone Drug

A U.S. judge on Thursday overturned a $140.1 million verdict against AbbVie Inc. in a lawsuit by a man who claimed the company misrepresented the risks of its testosterone replacement drug AndroGel, causing him to suffer a heart attack. U.S. …