Product Liability News

General Star Adds Product Liability Coverages for Manufacturers, Distributors

General Star Management Co. has launched a trio of specialized product liability coverages called “Encore!” designed to protect manufacturers, importers and distributors from product liability exposures arising out of discontinued products, mergers or acquisitions, or other past product exposures. Discontinued …

Seat-Back Failure Leads to $124.5M Texas Verdict Against Audi

A Texas jury ordered Volkswagen AG’s Audi unit to pay $124.5 million to an 11-year-old boy who was left brain damaged in a 2012 rear-end collision. The parents of Jesse Rivera Jr. claimed the seat back of the 2005 Audi …

Security Video Shows Hoverboard Catching Fire in Illinois Home

A security camera inside a suburban Chicago home recorded a hoverboard catching fire shortly after a child left the house, which was extensively damaged by the blaze. Homeowner Dan Perper says the video shows his 11-year-old daughter grabbing her soccer …

Revised CDC Report Claims Higher Cancer Risk for Lumber Liquidators’ Flooring

Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc. flooring, tested for formaldehyde, was found to have a three times higher risk of causing cancer than previously stated, U.S. regulators said in reversing their own finding from earlier this month. A report released Feb. 10 used …

Takata Engineer Pleads 5th Amendment in Florida Air Bag Lawsuit

A Takata Corp. engineer involved in testing the company’s air bags invoked his constitutional right against self-incrimination in declining to testify in a lawsuit brought by a woman left paralyzed in a 2014 accident. Lawyers for accident victims claim Takata …

Takata Discloses 11th Death Linked to Air Bag; Announces New 5 Million Vehicle Recall

U.S. auto safety regulators said Tuesday that air bag maker Takata Corp. declared 5.1 million U.S. vehicles defective, as the company disclosed an 11th death could be linked to a faulty airbag. Most of the vehicles mentioned in numerous previous …

Hoverboard Catches Fire at Houston-Area Mall

Smoke briefly filled part of a large Houston-area shopping mall after a hoverboard caught fire. Police in the northeast Houston suburb of Humble say security staff at the Deerbrook Mall used a fire extinguisher to put out the small blaze …

GM Does Not Have to Turn Over Privileged Ignition Switch Documents: Judge

General Motors Co. and its law firm need not turn over privileged documents to drivers hoping to show that the automaker intended to commit a crime or fraud by concealing defective ignition switches in their vehicles, a Manhattan federal judge …

Indiana-Based Zimmer Wins First NexGen Flex Knee Devices Case

Indiana-based medical device manufacturer Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc. has been cleared of liability in the first of more than 900 U.S. lawsuits to go to trial over claims that its NexGen Flex knee replacements were prone to painful, motion-impairing loosening. …

Marsh Launches Excess Casualty Coverage for Product Liability Risks

Marsh has launched Marsh IO+, an enhanced excess casualty product designed for companies with significant product and other mass tort exposures. Organizations like retailers, food and beverage companies, construction firms, and manufacturers that produce and sell a high volume of …