Product Liability News

XL’s Fortune Joins Aspen Product Liability Team

Aspen U.S. Insurance said that Grace Fortune has joined as senior vice president and product line leader for Products Liability. Reporting to Roxanne Mitchell, executive vice president for Aspen U.S. Casualty, Fortune will be based in Chicago. She will oversee …

Louisiana Driver’s Death May Be 7th from Recalled Air Bag

A Louisiana woman who got an air bag recall notice for her 2005 Honda Civic two days after the crash that killed her may be the seventh fatality linked to the defective Takata Corp. safety device. The driver, Kylan Langlinais, …

Oregon Hash Oil Maker Burned in Blast Sues Butane Businesses

A Portland, Ore. man burned when a hash oil operation exploded has filed an $11 million product liability suit against makers and distributors of the butane canisters he was using. The suit says 28-year-old Kevin Tveisme (TWEYES’-may) was burned over …

Ohio Ice Cream Maker Traces Listeria to Pint-Filling Machine

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams says it has traced the source of listeria in its Ohio production facility to a pint-filling machine. CEO John Lowe says in a statement that the company will never be sure how the bacteria got into …

Blue Bell Likely Aware of Listeria Problems in 2013: FDA

Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries likely knew as early as 2013 of a Listeria problem at its Oklahoma plant and did not do enough to make sure its factory was sanitized, according to documents from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. …

Blue Bell Creameries Expands Recall to All of its Products

Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries has issued a voluntary recall for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria. The company “cannot say with …

Pfizer Wins First of 1,000 Suits Claiming Antidepressant Zoloft Link to Birth Defects

Pfizer Inc.’s Zoloft antidepressant didn’t cause a boy’s birth defects, a jury concluded in the first trial of more than 1,000 lawsuits over what was once the U.S.’s most popular mood-altering drug. Jurors in state court in St. Louis Friday …

More People Sickened by Listeria Linked to Blue Bell Ice Cream

An outbreak of a food-borne illness linked to some ice cream products made by Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries has grown to include three people in Texas who became ill, according to federal health authorities. Carol Crawford, a spokeswoman for the …

Large Product Liability Awards Made Comeback in 2014

Huge jury verdicts against companies over fatal flaws in their products made a comeback last year, which may foretell more bad news for carmakers with defective parts. Absent for a decade, billion-dollar verdicts returned in product defect suits in 2014. …

2014 One of Worst Years Ever for Vehicle Safety: NHTSA

Carmakers recalled about 64 million vehicles in the U.S. last year, more than double the previous record set in 2004, according to official government data. The tally released Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration closes the book on …