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Putative class alleges fraud in mascara marketing claims
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • December 13 2012

A California resident has filed a putative class action against Coty Inc., alleging that it falsely advertises one of its cosmetic products, Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Mascara with Grow-Lash Complex, as a product that can lengthen and thicken eyelashes in just 30 days


Strict product liability alleged in meat grinder-related mortality
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • March 8 2012

The family of a man allegedly killed while he was cleaning and maintaining a meat grinder in his place of employment has sued the equipment’s manufacturer, claiming that it was unsafe because it lacked a warning signal to signify that “it was powered on and about to start operating” as well as an emergency stop device


Federal district judge calls for revival of the jury trial
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • March 8 2012

Recently releasing his latest ranking of the nation’s most productive federal district courts, U.S. District Judge William Young reportedly called on the courts to reverse a trend that has seen jury trials marginalized


Federal court finds contacts lacking for suit against Taiwan-based electronics manufacturer
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • March 8 2012

A federal court in Pennsylvania has dismissed for lack of personal jurisdiction the third-party defendant, a Taiwan-based manufacturer of consumer electronics, from a lawsuit to recover for damages and injuries from a house fire allegedly caused by a defective power tap


Fifth Circuit rules AG action over LCD panels is removable to federal court
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • November 29 2012

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has determined that a Mississippi attorney general (AG) antitrust action against companies that sell liquid crystal display (LCD) panels may be removed to federal court under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA), because the suit fulfills the law’s requirements as a “mass action.”


Court allows plaintiffs in tire defect suit to inspect manufacturing facility
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • November 29 2012

A federal court in New York has determined that plaintiffs in two separate cases allegedly injured when the rear tires on their motorcycles suddenly deflated during operation may inspect the defendant’s manufacturing facility and that the inspection will not be precluded by or subject to a protective order


Ninth Circuit reverses asbestos judgment; district court failed to conduct Daubert hearing
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • November 29 2012

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has determined that a district court abused its discretion by failing to conduct a Daubert hearing when asked to reconsider the credentials of plaintiffs’ expert witness and thus reversed a $9.37-million jury award for injury allegedly caused by occupational exposure to asbestos


Homeowners allege spray foam insulation endangers health
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • November 29 2012

Pennsylvania residents have filed a putative class action against companies that made and installed spray foam insulation (SPF) in their homes, claiming that its application “causes property damage and health hazards to occupants of installed homes such that the only remedy is the complete removal of SPF.”


Alabama jury finds no seatbelt defect in accident ejection suit
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • November 29 2012

A state jury in Alabama has determined that a seatbelt manufacturer was not liable for the injuries sustained by a pregnant driver who was ejected from her minivan during an accident despite wearing a seatbelt


Pennsylvania lawmakers poised to abolish joint-and-several liability
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • April 14 2011

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has reportedly passed a bill (H.B. No. 1) that would change the way damages are awarded in most civil lawsuits