December 9, 2008 |
DuPont Co., the third-largest U.S. chemical maker, won a judge's order denying class-action status to 23 lawsuits filed by consumers who said the company failed to warn them that heated Teflon may be dangerous. The cases must be tried separately because of the difficulty in determining which plaintiffs actually own non-stick cookware containing DuPont Teflon, U.S. District Judge Ronald E. Longstaff in Des Moines ruled Friday. DuPont allegedly failed to warn buyers that Teflon pots and pans, when heated, can emit toxic substances that are "likely to be carcinogenic," according to a master complaint filed in 2006.
June 21, 2008 |
Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s hourly employees in Delaware, South Dakota, Nevada and Alaska can't pursue group lawsuits claiming that the company denied rest breaks and manipulated timecards to "shave" their pay, a judge ruled. The workers, whose suits were combined in federal court in Las Vegas, failed to prove that common issues predominated, ruling out class-action treatment, U.S. District Judge Philip Pro said. The lawsuits were among 35 combined in federal court alleging that Wal-Mart, based in Bentonville, Ark., violated wage and hour laws.
May 17, 2000 |
The tobacco industry won a legal victory in Maryland as the state's highest court tossed out a class action against cigarette makers. Ruling in a case known as Richardson vs. Philip Morris, et al., the Maryland Court of Appeals said a lower court had erred in allowing a single trial for all Maryland smokers suffering tobacco-related illnesses or addiction to nicotine.
December 3, 1997 |
A Louisiana state judge ruled that a lawsuit against Dow Chemical Co. for its alleged part in the development of silicone breast implants could not be a class action. State District Judge Yada Magee said in New Orleans that there were too many individual issues in the cases to qualify as a class. She said the eight women who were class representatives could continue their legal action against the Midland, Mich.-based chemical giant.
September 16, 2004 |
A Missouri judge will allow a case over Marlboro Lights against Altria Group Inc.'s Philip Morris USA to proceed as a class action, but has placed limitations on those who can participate in the case. Circuit Court Judge Michael David in St. Louis limited those eligible to join to Missouri residents who purchased and smoked Marlboro Lights cigarettes from Nov. 9, 1995, five years before the original filing of the suit, through Dec. 31, 2003.
June 12, 2003 |
Chrysler Corp.'s former U.S. shareholders will be allowed to sue DaimlerChrysler as a group, making it easier for the investors to pursue claims of fraud against the automaker, a judge ruled. All U.S. shareholders who exchanged their Chrysler shares for stock of the merged DaimlerChrysler company will be part of a certified class action, said Joseph J. Farnan Jr., a U.S. District Court judge in Wilmington, Del. Trial is set for Dec. 1.
December 3, 1999 |
A federal judge denied a doctor's request to grant class-action status to his false-advertising lawsuit against Aetna Inc. and United HealthCare Corp. U.S. District Judge David Hittner rejected Dr. Kenneth Ford's request to allow him to bring his lawsuit on behalf of specialist doctors who have contracted with Aetna and United HealthCare, the nation's two largest health insurers.
April 1, 2006 |
Merck & Co. suffered a significant legal setback Friday when an appeals court allowed health insurers and others to sue to recover the billions of dollars they spent on the Vioxx pain reliever. Merck attorney Ted Mayer called the ruling "deeply flawed" and said the company would appeal the decision by three New Jersey appellate judges to the state Supreme Court.
October 25, 2003 |
Citigroup Inc. and its former telecommunications stock analyst Jack Grubman must defend class-action claims that they helped defraud WorldCom Inc. investors of $11 billion, a federal judge ruled Friday. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote ruled that shareholders and bondholders could proceed as a group in fraud suits against former officers, directors and underwriters of the long-distance telephone company. The ruling gives investors greater leverage in the litigation.