Product Liability News

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 …

Oregon Man Sues Walmart Over Gas Can Explosion

A Coos County, Ore. man badly burned when he poured gasoline on a fire is suing Walmart, claiming the gas can he bought there was defective. The Register-Guard reported Daniel Rowlett is seeking $13 million. He says Walmart sold him …

Florida Equine Center Settles with Horse Feed Maker Over Poisonings

A Florida equestrian center where 22 horses were poisoned by tainted feed has reached a settlement with the company that produced and sold the feed. Two horses had to be euthanized last Friday, bringing the death toll at Masterpiece Equestrian …

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 …