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Bayer Argues Against Weed-Killer Verdict, After Its Investigator Finds Farmer Still in Business

CHICAGO — Bayer AG contended in court papers that a jury verdict in favor of a Missouri peach farmer was based on a false premise because a private investigator it hired found the farmer was still in business. A jury …

Talc Miner Imerys Strikes Deal to Resolve 14,000 Cancer Lawsuits

Imerys SA, which mines talc used in Johnson & Johnson’s iconic Baby Powder and other products, agreed to turn over its North American operations to resolve more than 14,000 lawsuits claiming the mineral caused cancer in some consumers. Imerys Talc …

Boeing, Crash Victims’ Lawyers Negotiate Over Access to 737 Max Documents

Boeing Co and lawyers representing families of victims of a 737 MAX crash agreed in court on Wednesday to hold a conference call with U.S. government crash probe authorities over access to documents related to the now-grounded aircraft’s design, development …

Tesla Must Face Lawsuit Claiming Racism at California Factory

A federal judge rejected Tesla Inc’s effort to dismiss claims by two former workers that the California electric car factory where they worked was a hotbed of racial hostility, clearing the way for a possible trial. In a decision on …

Steinbeck Kin Gets Break in Court Penalty, but Stern Warning

LOS ANGELES — A federal appeals court attempted to close the book on endless litigation between the relatives of author John Steinbeck in a ruling that upheld a $5 million verdict against his daughter-in-law, but threw out $8 million she …

3rd Circuit: Policy to Limit Extended Transportation Expenses May be Bad Faith

Kyle and Marie Stechert say they rushed to buy another car after their vehicle was “totaled” in an accident because their insurance carrier refused to keep paying for their rental vehicle. The new car was twice as expensive as the …

5th Circuit Rejects Assertion that Drunken Driving Equals Intention to Crash

If a drunken motorist collides with another vehicle, can the incident truly be called an accident? A federal judge in Texas said “no” and dismissed a plaintiff’s lawsuit seeking punitive damages from Cincinnati Insurance Co. On Tuesday, the U.S. 5th …

Kansas Supreme Court Strikes Down Cap in Injury Cases

TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday ruled that the state’s cap on damages for noneconomic injuries in personal injury lawsuits is unconstitutional. The court ruled 4-2 that capping damages an injured person is able to recover in …

J&J, Colgate Ordered to Pay Almost $10 Million in Talc Case

Johnson & Johnson and Colgate-Palmolive Co. must pay almost $10 million to a dying California woman who blamed the companies’ talc-based products for her rare cancer. The jury verdict in state court in Oakland is another setback for J&J, the …

Calif. Appellate Court Affirms $1 Million Bad Faith Judgment Against Geico

GEICO General Insurance Co. refused an offer to settle Michael Mazik’s underinsured motorist claim for $50,000. Instead, the claim will cost the insurer more than $1.3 million. On Friday, a panel of the California 2nd District Court of Appeal affirmed …