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Asbestos-Laden Talc Products Verdict Means J&J, Imerys Owe Millions

Johnson & Johnson and a talc-mining company were ordered by jurors to pay $80 million in punitive damages for hiding that their products, including J&J’s iconic baby powder, had been tainted by asbestos and posed a cancer risk. The New …

Oil Firms Sued in Oklahoma Tribal Court Over Quake

An Oklahoma-based Native American tribe filed a lawsuit in its own tribal court system Friday accusing several oil companies of triggering the state’s largest earthquake that caused extensive damage to some near-century-old tribal buildings. The Pawnee Nation alleges in the …

Missouri Utility Plans Appeal of $10.7M Award in Worker’s Lawsuit

A Missouri-based utility said Tuesday it will appeal a state judge’s award of more than $10 million to a worker who said he developed permanent respiratory issues while as a mechanic at one of the company’s sites. Circuit Judge William …

J&J to Pay Record $1B for Faulty Hip Implants

Johnson & Johnson was ordered by a Texas jury to pay more than $1 billion to patients who claimed the company hid flaws in its Pinnacle artificial hips that had to be surgically removed, in J&J’s second loss linked to …

Lawyer Who OK’d Email Deletion by Oso Experts Let Go by Washington AG’s Office

A longtime employee of the Washington Attorney General’s Office has been let go after it came to light that he knew the state’s expert witnesses in litigation over the deadly Oso landslide were deleting emails that should have been preserved. …

Delaware Judge Rules Insurer Must Defend Korn’s Ex-Wife in Porn Defamation Suit

A federal judge has ruled that an insurance company is obligated to defend the ex-wife of serial political candidate Richard Korn in a defamation lawsuit he filed against her. Liberty Mutual argued that a homeowner’s policy it issued to Magda …

Toyota, GM Settlements Offer Glimpse Into Volkswagen Case

Hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and fines over unintended acceleration in Toyotas and faulty ignition switches in General Motors’ vehicles provide a glimpse of what consumers and the government might get from Volkswagen for cheating on diesel emissions, …

Storm Battered Passenger Cruise Ship Faces First Lawsuit

A passenger from a cruise ship that was battered by a major storm in the Atlantic Ocean filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against Royal Caribbean in Miami federal court, his lawyer said Thursday. The lawsuit filed by attorney Michael Winkleman …

Washington Man Injured by Cruise Ship Door Awarded $21.5M

A federal jury in Seattle, Wash., awarded $21.5 million in damages to an Illinois man who was injured by an automatic sliding-glass door on a cruise ship in 2011. The verdict included $16.5 million in punitive damages. James Hausman’s attorneys …

GM May Face Punitive Damage Claims in Defective Switch Litigation

General Motors Co may be liable for punitive damages in lawsuits it faces over an ignition switch problem that prompted the recall of millions of vehicles last year, a U.S. judge said on Monday. The decision from U.S. Bankruptcy Judge …