Product Liability News

Montana Judge Approves $73M Punitive Award Against Hyundai

Hyundai Motor Co. must pay $73 million in punitive damages to the families of two Montana teenagers killed in 2011 crash blamed on a steering defect, a judge said. Lake County District Judge Deborah Kim Christopher rejected Hyundai’s bid to …

Georgia Peanut Plant Owners Accused of Knowingly Shipping Salmonella Products

A Georgia peanut plant linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak cut corners and sent fake lab results to customers, endangering consumers nationwide, federal prosecutors said last Friday as they opened a rare case seeking criminal punishment for corporate workers over …

General Star Upgrades Chemical Product Manufacturers, Distributors Coverage

General Star Management Co. has unveiled underwriting enhancements for chemical product manufacturers and distributors. For the first time, General Star will offer occurrence form coverage for manufacturers and distributors of certain less hazardous chemicals, including those categorized as “environmentally green.” …

Are Storm Shutters Unsafe?

Esther Mibab felt nervous in her home in The Acreage in West Pam Beach, Florida. So nervous that she kept her accordion-style hurricane shutters closed, even in the off-season. Closed and locked. From the outside. Authorities say that cost her …

General Star Contract Division Adds Product Liability for 50 Classes

General Star Management Co. has added product liability coverage to its suite of delegated authority product offerings. The new product liability feature consists of 50 classes and will be immediately accessible to all appointed contract P&C wholesale brokers. Expansion to …

Used Car Dealer Seeks Damages For Inventory of ‘Defective’ GM Vehicles

An independent used-car dealer in Arkansas is seeking compensation from General Motors Co. for being saddled with “highly dangerous vehicles” that include cars not yet recalled over ignition-switch defects. Nettleton Auto Sales Inc. demanded actual and punitive damages on behalf …

GM Asks Court to Enforce Bankruptcy Liability Shield Against Ignition Lawsuits

General Motors Co. filed a motion in a U.S. bankruptcy court to enforce a bar on lawsuits related to ignition defects in cars sold before its 2009 bankruptcy as it fights a class action lawsuit that seeks to set aside …

GM Bankruptcy Shield from Claims May Cut Payouts by Billions

General Motors Co.’s move to freeze ignition-defect lawsuits in California and Texas has solid legal precedent behind it and could help slash customer demands for compensation by billions of dollars. GM asked federal judges in both states last week to …

GM Creates New Product Safety Team

General Motors Co. Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra, under fire for the company’s slow response to flawed ignition switches linked to 13 deaths, said she is creating a team that will make the company’s cars as safe as they are …

GM Hires Feinberg to Handle Recall; CEO Barra Testifies Before Congress

General Motors Co. has retained Kenneth Feinberg, who supervised claims funds after the BP Plc oil spill and other calamities, as a consultant to explore options for families of accident victims whose vehicles are being recalled for ignition-switch defects. Calling …