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Mass Torts Update - Apr 2, 2015 9:45 - 0 Comments

Pennsylvania Superior Court Affirms $11 Million Topamax Ruling

The Pennsylvania Superior Court last month upheld an $11 million verdict returned against a Johnson & Johnson unit on behalf of a boy who was born with a cleft palate and other defects after his mother took epilepsy drug Topamax during her pregnancy. A three-judge panel rejected Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s arguments that the company failed to warn the public of the drug’s risks could not stand because it would have needed permission from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to change the label. Continue…

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Product Liability - Apr 2, 2015 14:16 - 0 Comments

Honda Adds 105,000 Vehicles To Its U.S. Recall

Honda says it’s adding nearly 105,000 vehicles to its growing U.S. recall of driver’s side air bag inflators that can explode with too much force. The added vehicles include nearly 89,000 Pilot SUVs from the 2008 model year, as well as about 11,000 Civics from 2004 and another 5,000 Accords from the 2001 model year. According to Honda, this is the first recall of 2008 Pilots for potential problems with driver’s air bags made by Takata Corp. of Japan. Continue…

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Fraud - Apr 2, 2015 13:44 - 0 Comments

Investors Have Sued GM Directors Over The Faulty Ignitions

A number of pension funds have filed suit against General Motors Co. in a Delaware court. The investors are also suing the automaker’s board of directors, saying they were asleep at the switch while the company produced cars with faulty ignition systems that led to a great number of fatal accidents. The investors are claiming that more than a dozen current and former GM directors failed to adequately oversee the company’s operations for about three years starting in 2010 and had no system in place to ensure the Detroit-based company produced safe vehicles or reported problems to government regulators. The investors claim there was a total systemic failure to supervise that amounts to a conscious dereliction of duty. Delaware Chancery Court Judge Sam Glasscock, III, heard arguments in the case last month.

Source: Journal By Jeff Feeley

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