For years, plaintiffs in product liability and toxic tort cases have viewed Pennsylvania's state court system as a favorable forum. Over the past year and a half, however, the Pennsylvania appellate courts have issued...more
Medical Center Fired Employee with Breast Cancer, Federal Agency Charged -
OAKLAND, Calif. - An Oakland-based non-profit regional medical center violated federal law when it failed to accommodate and instead fired an...more
About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases.
Astrazeneca AB et al. v. Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. et al. 3:13-cv-07298; filed December 3, 2013 in the District Court of New...more
The first of more than 1,500 Actos cases consolidated in a Louisiana federal court is scheduled to go on trial in January 2014.
The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) began MDL No. 2299 in December...more
A federal jury has found that talcum contained in Johnson & Johnson powder products contributed to a woman’s ovarian cancer. The jury found on that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn consumers of the link between ovarian...more
In a case recently decided under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)—Suvada v. Gordon Flesch Company, Inc.—a federal district court in Chicago allowed a production clerk’s claim for constructive discharge against her...more
In 2004, the Genomic Health Oncotype DX breast cancer molecular test was launched and within five years had substantially changed the standard of care for patients with early breast cancers. How has the...more
To advance claims against as many defendants as possible, plaintiff attorneys in asbestos litigation routinely attempt to introduce expert testimony to the effect that “each and every exposure” to asbestos was a “substantial”...more
The best ammunition in the fight against cancer is detecting it early before it has a chance to spread. Early detection and diagnosis are very important, because a cancer patient’s odds of surviving directly correlate to the...more
EEOC Targets Cancer Discrimination -
Filing two new lawsuits, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is cracking down on employers allegedly discriminating against workers with cancer.
In Oklahoma the...more
On July 30, 2013, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois announced that Northwestern University entered a settlement agreement to pay the United States $2.9 million to settle False Claims...more
On Wednesday, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that the agency had reached an understanding with the family of Ms. Henrietta Lacks regarding access to genomic data for the HeLa cell line, which was derived...more
Last month, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) announced that researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) had generated a data set of cancer-specific genetic variations, which the researchers were...more
New Hampshire has joined 18 other states and the District of Columbia in legalizing medical marijuana....more
Hospital Fired Employee for Accepting its Offer of a Brief Leave of Absence After Cancer Treatment, Federal Agency Charged -
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Midwest Regional Medical Center, an acute care hospital and for-profit...more
On May 15, 2013, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") updated its prior guidance regarding cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, and intellectual disabilities, so as to clarify employers' obligations under the Americans...more
A June 3, 2013 letter from CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner to Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.) states that the agency does not believe it has any discretion under the Budget Control Act of 2011 to exempt Part B cancer drug...more
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On May 15, 2013, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued updates to four informal "Question and Answer" guidance documents relating to protections against disability discrimination under the Americans with...more
We have talked extensively about the risk to workers and others exposed to environmental hazards at Ground Zero. A new study reflects the message of earlier research initiatives — exposure to carcinogenic materials during...more
Last week, in Styrene Information and Research Center v. Sebelius, Judge Reggie Walton of the District Court for the District of Columbia rejected challenges to the decision by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to list styrene...more
Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House is a weekly update that provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House...
...Governor LePage’s second veto of the 126th Legislature was sustained...more
Originally published in Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology, November 1, 2012.
In a very important decision for the biotech industry, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently reaffirmed its holding that...more
This paper outlines the role that nanotechnology might play in the future of cancer. The research points to the legal and ethical issues of this growing technology, and examines the technological and biological sides....more