The company formerly known as Monsanto has been stung by recent verdicts finding the company liable for cancer caused by Roundup, the world’s most popular weed killer. Bayer, the giant German pharmaceutical company, paid $63 billion to acquire Monsanto, the giant American agricultural chemical manufacturer. The three recent verdicts might … continue reading
The death penalty is one of many policy issues that divide the country. Some state legislators believe that executions protect the public, both by ending the possibility that a murderer will commit new crimes and by deterring others from committing murder.
A growing number of state legislators have examined the evidence … continue reading
If you stroll down Fifth Avenue in New York City on a warm summer day, street vendors will almost certainly try to sell you a Rolex watch or a Gucci bag for a fraction of the retail cost. Most consumers know that the products are counterfeit and that they will … continue reading
In a decision that might eventually benefit consumers by reducing the cost of mobile phones, a federal judge agreed with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that Qualcomm violated antitrust laws by using its monopoly power over certain modem chips to extort unreasonably high prices for those chips. Since cellphone manufacturers … continue reading
The United States Supreme Court handed a victory to iPhone owners who sued Apple for violating antitrust laws by forcing them to buy apps from its App Store. As are many cases in a divided Supreme Court, the case was decided by a 5-4 vote. The deciding vote came from … continue reading
Starting in the 1980s, the government’s war on drugs found its civilian counterpart in corporate policies that required all employees to be drug-free. Many employers drug tested their employees and fired employees who failed the tests.
A federal law enacted in 1988, at the height of drug war hysteria, mandated employers … continue reading
Courts have rarely held drug companies responsible for the consequences of drug use. As long as the drug has been approved by regulators and is marketed with approved warnings about potential side effects, courts generally shield drug makers from liability for harm. The primary exceptions to that rule concern drugs … continue reading
More than half of all U.S. states have enacted a law that limits the compensation courts can award to victims of medical malpractice. Most of those states have placed a cap on noneconomic damages.
Damages that do not involve a financial loss are classified as noneconomic damages. Compensation for pain, suffering, … continue reading