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|$100 Million NuvaRing Settlement|
Katie Nealon; Brayton Purcell LLP;
February 13, 2014, previously published on February 11, 2014Merck & Co., maker of the NuvaRing, has agreed to pay $100 million to settle thousands of lawsuits over the safety of its intrauterine contraceptive device. Allegations that the device causes potentially fatal blood clots which may lead to heart attacks, strokes or sudden death may have fueled...
|What Every Person Wishing To Sell a Structured Settlement for Cash Should Know Before Deciding To Sell a Structured Settlement Annuity|
Ahtirski Law Offices;
January 16, 2014, previously published on August 16, 2011Both as a result of the recession, and changing financial needs, many individuals with structured settlement payment annuities have decided to sell and/or convert their structured settlement payments into a single lump sum cash payment. For many people it is also a very smart decision to enter...
|FTC Announces Several New Initiatives to Target Deceptive Advertising Claims for 'Fad' Weight-Loss Product|
Justin J. Prochnow; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
January 10, 2014, previously published on January 8, 2014On Tuesday, January 7, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held a press conference to announce “Operation Failed Resolution,” a new initiative as part of the FTC’s ongoing effort to combat misleading claims for products promoting easy weight loss and slimmer bodies. The FTC...
|IPR Protection In Taiwan|
December 27, 2013The development of IPR in Taiwan is generally discussed.
|Fake Snow Made From Asbestos|
Katie Nealon; Brayton Purcell LLP;
December 19, 2013, previously published on December 18, 2013Remember when we took a closer look at some of the products that asbestos could be found within throughout our history? In the past, asbestos fibers had been worked into 3,000-5,000 consumer products. It seems only fitting that we would find some of this toxic substance within vintage holiday...
|Final Prepaid Card Regulations and New Consumer Protection Code Announced|
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
December 18, 2013, previously published on December 16, 2013In the first week of December 2013, the Canadian federal government announced the final publication of the Prepaid Payments Products Regulations (the “Regulations”) concurrent with its launch of consultations on the development of a new financial consumer code (the “Consumer...
|Punitive Damages Based on Gross Negligence: Massachusetts Bucks the Trend|
Christopher P. Flanagan, Christopher J. Seusing; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
December 16, 2013, previously published on December 2013In the recent decision in Aleo v. SLB Toys USA, Inc., 466 Mass. 398 (2013), the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) found that an $18 million punitive damages award based on gross negligence was not grossly excessive or violative of due process. As one of eight states that permit punitive...
|Personalized Products Companies and the Consumer Product Safety Act|
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
December 16, 2013, previously published on December 6, 2013We have previously blogged about the sometimes difficult decision that companies face when classifying their products as “children’s” or “general-use” products and the uncertainty of predicting whether the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) will...
|FINRA'S Recent Changes To The Discovery Guide|
Robert E. Goldberg, Hugo A. Hilgendorff; Bressler, Amery & Ross A Professional Corporation;
December 3, 2013, previously published on November 27, 2013FINRA recently issued Regulatory Notice to Members (“NTM”) 13-40, which announced several significant amendments to the arbitration Discovery Guide. These changes concern (i) e-discovery, (ii) product cases, and (iii) affirmations regarding non-production. These changes impact all...
|Red Bull Energy Drink's Wrongful Death Lawsuit|
James P. Nevin; Brayton Purcell, LLP;
December 3, 2013, previously published on November 29, 2013The beverage giant Red Bull is facing its first wrongful death lawsuit, with the family of the deceased seeking $85 million in damages. Brooklyn father Cory Terry, 33, died during a basketball game after downing the caffeine-laden beverage - his relatives are blaming the world's largest energy...