Product Liability News

Blue Bell Selling Ice Cream Again after Listeria Recall

Blue Bell ice cream is back. Blue Bell Creameries resumed selling its products at select locations on Aug. 31, four months after the Texas-based retailer halted sales due to listeria contamination. Blue Bell ice cream is now available at stores …

10 Automakers Sued Over Claims of Deadly Fumes from Keyless Ignitions

Ten of the world’s biggest automakers were sued on Wednesday by consumers who claim they concealed the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning in more than 5 million vehicles equipped with keyless ignitions, leading to 13 deaths. According to the complaint …

FDA Warns Medical Device Makers on Superbugs

The Food and Drug Administration sent warning letters last week to three medical device manufacturers whose endoscopes have been blamed for spreading deadly bacteria. This is the agency’s strongest regulatory action yet since outbreaks in Los Angeles, Seattle, and elsewhere …

India’s Product Recalls Bring New Business for Insurers Such as AIG, Allianz

As Nestle SA slugs it out with India’s food regulator over the amount of lead in its popular Maggi instant noodles, the dispute is whipping up business for insurers. The local unit of American International Group Inc. is predicting a …

1/4 of Texas Listeria Cases not Tracked or Recorded: Report

State health records reviewed following the Blue Bell ice cream listeria outbreak show that a quarter of Texas cases involving the foodborne illness are not recorded or tracked. The Houston Chronicle reported that Texas has never enforced a law that …

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. …