Product Liability News

Questions, Research on Possible Synthetic Turf Link to Athletes’ Cancer Continue

Their son is gone. Luke Beardemphl, a standout Tacoma, Washington soccer player during his years at Stadium High School, died last year at 24, following a seven-year battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. But Luke’s parents, Mike and Stephanie Beardemphl, now worry …

Wrong Key Fails to Derail Texas GM Ignition Suit

General Motors LLC failed to derail a Texas family’s claim for damages over a car crash blamed on a faulty ignition-switch after jurors were shown the wrong car key last week. GM claimed Zachary Stevens’ family intentionally faked evidence in …

After 4 More Illnesses, General Mills Expands Flour Recall

General Mills is expanding a flour recall issued over a possible link to an E. coli outbreak after four new illnesses were reported. The recall announced July 25 covers several varieties of Gold Medal and Signature Kitchens flour produced on …

Wal-Mart Says Move to Label, Reduce Unhealthy Chemicals Affects 700 Manufacturers

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is asking suppliers to remove formaldehyde, triclosan and six other substances from their products, part of an effort to eliminate controversial chemicals from household goods. The chemicals on the list include “certain properties that can affect human health …

Autopilot Warning May Not Help Tesla in Crash Defense

Telling Tesla drivers its Autopilot feature doesn’t mean their cars can drive themselves may not be enough to keep Elon Musk off the hot seat if the technology comes up short. This month, two Teslas equipped with Autopilot veered into …

Louisiana Company Recalls 21,500 Pounds of Catfish Products

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a north Louisiana business is recalling more than 21,500 pounds of catfish products for hotels, restaurants and other institutions in six states. The recall by Haring Catfish Inc. of Wisner involves products that USDA …

Court Removes GM Bankruptcy Shield on Ignition Switch Claims

General Motors’ 2009 bankruptcy does not shield it from lawsuits over a deadly ignition-switch defect that led to criminal charges against the automaker and prompted the recall of 2.6 million vehicles in 2014, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday. …

Citing Texas Cap, Judge Reduces Johnson & Johnson $500M Implant Verdict

A U.S. judge has slashed a $500 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit over allegedly defective metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implants to approximately $151 million. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade in the Northern District of …

3 Died in Southern California Hospital Outbreak Linked to Scopes

A newspaper reports that at least three patients died last year at a Southern California hospital in a bacterial outbreak suspected to have been caused by tainted medical scopes. Officials at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena confirmed in August that three …

California High Court to Review Industry Custom in Liability Cases

The California Supreme Court has granted review to consider when and if evidence of industry custom and practice is admissible in a strict products liability action. In Kim v. Toyota Motor Corp. plaintiff William Jae sued Toyota for injuries Kim …