Insurance Journal » Product Liability http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 04 Sep 2015 21:15:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3 Blue Bell Selling Ice Cream Again after Listeria Recall http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/09/01/380255.htm Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:41:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=380255 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 …

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10 Automakers Sued Over Claims of Deadly Fumes from Keyless Ignitions http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2015/08/27/379834.htm Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:56:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379834 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 …

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FDA Warns Medical Device Makers on Superbugs http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2015/08/19/378957.htm Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:07:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=378957 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 …

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India’s Product Recalls Bring New Business for Insurers Such as AIG, Allianz http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/international/2015/07/23/376112.htm Thu, 23 Jul 2015 07:23:48 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376112 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 …

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1/4 of Texas Listeria Cases not Tracked or Recorded: Report http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/07/20/375793.htm Mon, 20 Jul 2015 16:40:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=375793 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 …

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XL’s Fortune Joins Aspen Product Liability Team http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2015/06/22/372536.htm Mon, 22 Jun 2015 13:09:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=372536 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 …

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Louisiana Driver’s Death May Be 7th from Recalled Air Bag http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/06/10/371133.htm Wed, 10 Jun 2015 16:09:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=371133 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, …

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Oregon Hash Oil Maker Burned in Blast Sues Butane Businesses http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/05/26/369317.htm Tue, 26 May 2015 16:14:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=369317 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 …

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Ohio Ice Cream Maker Traces Listeria to Pint-Filling Machine http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/08/367417.htm Fri, 08 May 2015 15:58:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=367417 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 …

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Blue Bell Likely Aware of Listeria Problems in 2013: FDA http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/05/08/367387.htm Fri, 08 May 2015 15:46:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=367387 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. …

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Blue Bell Creameries Expands Recall to All of its Products http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/22/365322.htm Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:15:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365322 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 …

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Pfizer Wins First of 1,000 Suits Claiming Antidepressant Zoloft Link to Birth Defects http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2015/04/20/365053.htm Tue, 21 Apr 2015 02:30:30 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365053 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 …

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More People Sickened by Listeria Linked to Blue Bell Ice Cream http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/10/364013.htm Fri, 10 Apr 2015 16:17:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364013 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 …

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Large Product Liability Awards Made Comeback in 2014 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2015/02/19/358021.htm Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:41:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358021 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. …

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2014 One of Worst Years Ever for Vehicle Safety: NHTSA http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2015/02/13/357395.htm Fri, 13 Feb 2015 13:44:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357395 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 …

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Oregon Man Sues Walmart Over Gas Can Explosion http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/01/27/355609.htm Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:44:05 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355609 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 …

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Florida Equine Center Settles with Horse Feed Maker Over Poisonings http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/12/31/351389.htm Wed, 31 Dec 2014 12:00:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=351389 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 …

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Montana Judge Approves $73M Punitive Award Against Hyundai http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/09/23/341384.htm Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:26:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341384 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 …

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Georgia Peanut Plant Owners Accused of Knowingly Shipping Salmonella Products http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/08/06/336916.htm Wed, 06 Aug 2014 14:30:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=336916 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 …

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General Star Upgrades Chemical Product Manufacturers, Distributors Coverage http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/08/01/336520.htm Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:08:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=336520 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.” …

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Are Storm Shutters Unsafe? http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/07/24/335726.htm Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:45:29 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335726 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 …

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General Star Contract Division Adds Product Liability for 50 Classes http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/06/04/331037.htm Wed, 04 Jun 2014 16:55:05 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=331037 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 …

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Used Car Dealer Seeks Damages For Inventory of ‘Defective’ GM Vehicles http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/06/03/330829.htm Wed, 04 Jun 2014 00:31:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=330829 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 …

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GM Asks Court to Enforce Bankruptcy Liability Shield Against Ignition Lawsuits http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/04/22/326963.htm Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:56:48 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326963 General Motors Co. filed a motion in a U.S. bankruptcy court to enforce a bar on lawsuits related to ignition defects in cars sold before its 2009 bankruptcy as it fights a class action lawsuit that seeks to set aside …

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GM Bankruptcy Shield from Claims May Cut Payouts by Billions http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/04/17/326694.htm Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:00:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326694 General Motors Co.’s move to freeze ignition-defect lawsuits in California and Texas has solid legal precedent behind it and could help slash customer demands for compensation by billions of dollars. GM asked federal judges in both states last week to …

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GM Creates New Product Safety Team http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/04/17/326689.htm Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:43:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326689 General Motors Co. Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra, under fire for the company’s slow response to flawed ignition switches linked to 13 deaths, said she is creating a team that will make the company’s cars as safe as they are …

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GM Hires Feinberg to Handle Recall; CEO Barra Testifies Before Congress http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/04/01/325021.htm Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:40:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325021 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 …

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GM Under Pressure to Establish Victim Compensation Fund http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/03/24/324297.htm Tue, 25 Mar 2014 02:03:43 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=324297 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 …

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GM Kept Ignition Switch Fix Secret from Owners http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/03/18/323573.htm Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:51:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323573 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 …

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Michigan Farm Owner Lands Prison Sentence over Bad Cider http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/02/24/321419.htm Tue, 25 Feb 2014 02:48:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321419 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 …

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