Product Liability News

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 …

GM Under Pressure to Establish Victim Compensation Fund

Pressure built on General Motors on Monday to take steps to get 1.6 million of its recalled cars off the road immediately and to establish a compensation fund for consumers affected by the company’s faulty ignition switches linked to 12 …

GM Kept Ignition Switch Fix Secret from Owners

General Motors Co. took advantage of a regulatory gray area to address an engine defect almost a decade ago, leaving most car owners unaware that their vehicles may have been unsafe. Rather than issue a recall, GM sent notices to …

Michigan Farm Owner Lands Prison Sentence over Bad Cider

A northern Michigan man could spend up to four years in prison after improperly processed apple cider he made led to an E. coli outbreak and hospital stays for two adults and two children. James Ruster is the first person …

Judge Blocks Oklahoma Firm from Selling Execution Drug to Missouri

A federal judge on Feb. 12 agreed to temporarily block an Oklahoma pharmacy from providing an execution drug to the Missouri Department of Corrections for use in an upcoming lethal injection. The temporary restraining order was issued after a federal lawsuit …

Rotting Wood Product in Post-Katrina Built Homes May Spark Legal Action

Actor Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation, which has built 100 energy-efficient new homes in the Hurricane Katrina-ravaged Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans, is considering legal action against the manufacturer of an innovative glass-infused wood that was used in …

China Weighs Easing Rules on Animal Testing of Cosmetics

China is considering a rule change that would allow the sale of some cosmetics without requiring them to be tested on animals, opening up a potential route into the Chinese market for international firms opposed to the practice. Under the …

J&J Reaches $4 Billion Settlement of Hip-Implant Suits: Sources

Johnson & Johnson will pay more than $4 billion to resolve thousands of lawsuits over its recalled hip implants in the largest settlement of U.S. legal claims for a medical device, three people familiar with the deal said. The accord …

Insurer Alleges Robotic Surgery Firm Lied About Claims

Intuitive Surgical Inc., the maker of robotic surgery devices targeted by patient lawsuits, was sued by an insurer alleging the company hid the number of legal claims it might face when buying product liability insurance. Illinois Union Insurance Co. seeks …

Idaho Lawsuit Is Latest Claim Against Remington

Remington Arms Co., maker of one of America’s most-popular hunting rifles, is in court again, this time with an Idaho lawsuit filed by a man who says he was shot through the foot by a defective weapon. Loren Korpi, an …