An Illinois state court jury sided with Johnson & Johnson on Friday following a trial over claims that its talc products caused a woman's fatal ovarian cancer, unfazed by the company being found in contempt for failing to produce a witness.
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J&J Wins Ill. Talc Cancer Trial Despite Contempt Finding

An Illinois state court jury sided with Johnson & Johnson on Friday following a trial over claims that its talc products caused a woman's fatal ovarian cancer, unfazed by the company being found in contempt for failing to produce a witness.

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Allegheny County Sues Pa. AG Over $26B Opioid Deal

The district attorney for Allegheny County on Thursday sued Pennsylvania's attorney general over the proposed $26 billion opioid settlement, following the Philadelphia district attorney's accusations a week ago that the deal with Johnson & Johnson and major distributors was a sellout.

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Taco Bell Patron Says Tainted Nachos Left Her Paralyzed

A Georgia woman is suing Taco Bell of America LLC and its parent company in state court, alleging that a bad batch of nachos gave her a rare disorder that’s left her paralyzed.

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DRUGS & DEVICES

McKesson Wants Prescription Data In Cherokee Opioid Case

Pharmaceutical distributor McKesson Corp. asked an Oklahoma federal judge for an order compelling state officials to fork over prescription drug monitoring program data, saying the information is critical to its defense in a bellwether opioid suit filed by the Cherokee Nation.

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Judge Refuses To Delay 3M Bellwether After Plaintiff Switch

A Florida federal judge has refused to delay an upcoming bellwether trial in sprawling multidistrict litigation over allegedly faulty combat earplugs, saying 3M should be ready to face a new plaintiff after another dropped his case.

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FOOD & BEVERAGE

General Mills Beats Part Of Artificial Flavoring Suit

An Illinois federal judge has trimmed a proposed class action claiming that General Mills misled consumers with claims that its products contain no artificial flavors, saying the lead plaintiff failed to show a likelihood of personal future harm and can't pursue injunctive relief.

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CONSUMER GOODS

Cancer Patient Slams J&J's 11th-Hour Bid To Upend Talc Trial

A day after Johnson & Johnson removed her claims to federal court on the eve of a scheduled trial, a woman seeking to hold the company liable over its allegedly carcinogenic talcum powder filed an emergency motion on Friday asking to have the case sent back to Philadelphia County.

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TRANSPORTATION

5th Circ. Says Boeing Can Shield Some Docs In Max RICO Suit

The Fifth Circuit said that Boeing cannot be forced to hand over certain documents that the aerospace giant claimed were protected by attorney-client privilege in a proposed class action accusing Boeing of colluding with Southwest Airlines to keep unsafe 737 Max 8 jets in the air.

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INSURANCE

Zurich, Gerdau End Fight Over Bridge Collapse Defense Costs

Just days before trial was set to begin over litigation costs related to the 2018 Miami pedestrian bridge collapse, Zurich American Insurance Co. and Gerdau Ameristeel US Inc. have agreed to end their coverage dispute, according to a filing in Florida federal court.

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PEOPLE

Chamberlain Hrdlicka Adds 5 New Attys In Houston

Chamberlain Hrdlicka has added five attorneys in its Houston office in recent months, bolstering the firm's commercial litigation, securities, tax planning and transactional practice groups.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

9th Circ. Honey Label Ruling Reflects 'Common Sense' Shift

The Ninth Circuit's recent dismissal of Moore v. Trader Joe's, a putative class action over a product labeled "100% New Zealand Manuka Honey," suggests that courts are growing more willing to dismiss labeling challenges that do not pass the reasonable-consumer test, say attorneys at Alston & Bird.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

The 2021 Regional Powerhouses

The law firms on Law360's list of 2021 Regional Powerhouses are handling some of the biggest deals and most high-profile courtroom battles across eight states, offering clients regional expertise and making a lasting impact on the law at the state and local level.

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California Powerhouses Lead Hot Legal Market On The Climb

The diverse group of law firms selected as Law360's 2021 California Powerhouses have steered billions in mergers and acquisitions, represented tech and entertainment giants and shaken up the agricultural industry in a legal market that one expert said was "hot and on fire."

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Delaware Powerhouses Innovate, Grow, Push Past Challenges

Delaware has long ranked as a special arena among the nation's centers for bankruptcy, patent, corporate and complex commercial litigation, with Law360 Powerhouse firms consistently excelling even after the global pandemic rewrote practice and courtroom playbooks.

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Fla. Powerhouses Ride Pandemic Boom To Record Years

The firms selected as Law360's 2021 Florida Powerhouses didn't just weather the COVID-19 storm but thrived and capitalized on a pandemic-driven influx of money and people into the Sunshine State.

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Chicago History Lets Ill. Powerhouses Break New Ground

Law360's 2021 Illinois Powerhouses set themselves apart in Chicago's competitive legal market this year by navigating multibillion-dollar transactions, guiding the state's largest electric utility through a $200 million public corruption case and bringing President Barack Obama's planned presidential center closer to fruition.

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Mass. Powerhouses Piled Up Wins Amid Uncertainty

Heavy-hitting law firms dominating the Massachusetts legal world secured big wins for clients despite navigating shifting uncertainties and new challenges in a year like no other.

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NJ Powerhouses Guide Pandemic-Pummeled Clients

In a year that thrust New Jersey into the spotlight as one of the nation's top COVID-19 hot spots, Law360's New Jersey Powerhouses tackled novel pandemic-related developments and more in the litigation and transactional spheres dominated by the state's thriving regional industries.

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Pa. Powerhouses Rose To The Top In Competitive Market

Fueled by mainstay industries like oil and gas production and innovations in technology and life sciences, the top law firms in Pennsylvania are taking advantage of a rich and diverse economic landscape to stay ahead of the game in the Keystone State's mature and highly competitive legal market.

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Texas Roots Keep Powerhouse Firms Ahead Of The Pack

In a year when outside firms continued the trend of launching Texas outposts, five firms with established roots in the state bested the competition to be recognized as Texas Powerhouses, scoring courtroom victories in bet-the-company litigation and leading deals that reshaped the market.

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More Law Firms Require COVID-19 Vax To Return To Office

Hogan Lovells, Dickinson Wright PLLC and Lowenstein Sandler LLP will require workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to enter their offices, Law360 learned Friday, with the trio becoming the latest law firms to implement vaccine mandates as the U.S. sees a resurgence in coronavirus cases.

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Fed. Circuit Courts Masking Up Again As Delta Variant Surges

New COVID-19 guidance from the federal government triggered by the surge in delta variant cases has prompted at least three federal circuit courts as of Friday to reinstate mask mandates for everyone regardless of their vaccination status to help contain the virus.

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House Dems Want More District Judges, Too — 203 Of Them

A group of House Democrats on Friday unveiled a proposal to create 203 new federal judgeships, introducing legislation a day after a bipartisan pair of senators proposed adding 77 federal district court seats in the coming years.

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Analysis

High Court Expansion Push Slowly Gains Steam In House

The progressive effort to expand the U.S. Supreme Court has gradually gained more Democratic support in the U.S. House of Representatives, most recently on Thursday, as backers argue a recent voting rights ruling and an upcoming abortion case will push their long-shot effort into the mainstream.

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Public Defender Up For 10th Circ. Seat Is Worth $3.3M

One of President Joe Biden's six pending nominees to the appellate courts, a federal public defender chosen for a vacancy on the Tenth Circuit, has reported net worth of more than $3.34 million to the U.S. Senate.

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5th Circ. Judge Assails Disparate Impact In Race Bias Case

A Trump-appointed Fifth Circuit judge took aim at the idea that "neutral policies" with a disproportionate negative impact on minorities violate federal discrimination law, likening the notion to critical race theory and arguing both can engender racial bias.

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DC Circ. Upholds Judicial Watch's $2.8M Win Over Klayman

Conservative attorney Larry Klayman is still on the hook for $2.8 million after the D.C. Circuit rejected his attempt to undo his defeat in a jury trial that capped off more than a decade of bitter litigation between Klayman and Judicial Watch, the right-wing legal activist organization he founded.

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Ex-SFO Official Says ENRC Was On Course For Charges

A former Serious Fraud Office investigator testified Friday that Eurasian Natural Resources Corp. was heading toward criminal charges after a Dechert attorney revealed suspicions that the mining company had breached sanctions and bribed African officials.

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Hub Hires: McDermott, ACLU, Austria

A rainy July did nothing to dampen the hiring mood for Boston law firms. Two firms added to their tax teams, the ACLU tapped several BigLaw attorneys for its new slate of directors, and a lawyer with Bay State ties may be heading to Vienna.

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The Top In-House Hires Of July

Legal department hires during July included high-profile appointments at Coca-Cola Co., Ford Motor Co. and Univision Holdings Inc. Here, Law360 looks at some of the top in-house announcements from the past few weeks.

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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

Experts speaking on an American Bar Association panel said remote work isn't going anywhere, and an ABA annual report published Thursday gives a data snapshot on multiple areas of the industry including law school enrollment and attorney mental health. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.

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In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.

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Opinion

DC Court Is Wrong On Jan. 6 Grand Jury Evidence Sharing

The D.C. federal court erred recently when it denied the government's request to share grand jury materials from U.S. Capitol riot cases with a private contractor hired to organize the voluminous evidence, turning the practical grand jury secrecy doctrine into a straitjacket, says Steven Gordon at Holland & Knight.

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