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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 …

Opioid Fines Could Reach $150 Billion in Worst-Case Scenario

Monday’s $572 million judgment against Johnson & Johnson may mean one analyst’s “bear case scenario” of $150 billion in opioid damages just got one step closer. Patrick Trucchio, a Berenberg analyst, on Tuesday renewed his April projection for U.S. liabilities …

J&J Shares Rise as Oklahoma Opioid Award Less Than Expected

Johnson & Johnson shares rose as much as 5.4% after an Oklahoma judge ordered the company to pay far less than some investors expected in the first trial by a state seeking compensation for the public-health crisis spawned by opioid …

Amid Talc Safety Worries, J&J Aimed Ads at Minority, Overweight Women

LOS ANGELES — Pressure was mounting on Johnson & Johnson and its signature Baby Powder. In 2006, an arm of the World Health Organization began classifying cosmetic talc such as Baby Powder as “possibly carcinogenic” when women used it as …

South Carolina Family Awarded $2M in Woman’s Death

A Spartanburg, S.C., woman’s family has been awarded $2 million in damages for her death five years ago. A jury this week found in favor of the family of Janice G. Easler, the Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reported. The family sued …

Jury Returns $17.3M Verdict Against Los Angeles Clippers Owner

A jury has returned a $17.3 million verdict against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in a lawsuit by an actress who lost most of her belongings in a fire at a West Hollywood apartment building he owns. City News …

West Penn Appeals $109M Pennsylvania Electrocution Verdict

West Penn Power Co. has appealed a $109 million verdict for the surviving family of a western Pennsylvania woman who was fatally burned by a downed power line in her backyard as her two young daughters and mother-in-law looked on. …

Federal Jury Awards $189,000 to 2 Florida Firefighters

A federal jury has awarded $189,000 to two Tampa Bay area firefighters in a workplace retaliation case. The Tampa Bay Times reports most of Monday’s verdict was assessed against the International Association of Firefighters Local 4420. The union published a …

Arkansas Court Affirms $50M Verdict for Rice Farmers

The Arkansas Supreme Court has affirmed a nearly $50 million verdict for farmers who claim they suffered economic losses after genetically altered rice seeds produced by Bayer CropScience contaminated the food supply and hurt their crop prices. Before Thursday’s ruling, …

UPMC to Appeal $12.5M in Malpractice Verdicts

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center expects to file an appeal after two Allegheny County juries have awarded $12.5 million in damages to the family of a 24-year-old accountant who died in 2003 after an abscess was misdiagnosed as a …