Product Liability News

Louisiana Company Recalls 21,500 Pounds of Catfish Products

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a north Louisiana business is recalling more than 21,500 pounds of catfish products for hotels, restaurants and other institutions in six states. The recall by Haring Catfish Inc. of Wisner involves products that USDA …

Court Removes GM Bankruptcy Shield on Ignition Switch Claims

General Motors’ 2009 bankruptcy does not shield it from lawsuits over a deadly ignition-switch defect that led to criminal charges against the automaker and prompted the recall of 2.6 million vehicles in 2014, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday. …

Citing Texas Cap, Judge Reduces Johnson & Johnson $500M Implant Verdict

A U.S. judge has slashed a $500 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit over allegedly defective metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implants to approximately $151 million. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade in the Northern District of …

3 Died in Southern California Hospital Outbreak Linked to Scopes

A newspaper reports that at least three patients died last year at a Southern California hospital in a bacterial outbreak suspected to have been caused by tainted medical scopes. Officials at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena confirmed in August that three …

California High Court to Review Industry Custom in Liability Cases

The California Supreme Court has granted review to consider when and if evidence of industry custom and practice is admissible in a strict products liability action. In Kim v. Toyota Motor Corp. plaintiff William Jae sued Toyota for injuries Kim …

Judge Dismisses Birth Defect Warning Claims Against Pfizer’s Zoloft

A federal judge in Philadelphia granted Pfizer Inc.’s request to dismiss more than 300 lawsuits attempting to link the antidepressant Zoloft to heart defects in newborns. Pfizer was accused in lawsuits filed by hundreds of women in the U.S. of …

Dallas Jury Orders Johnson & Johnson to Pay $500M in Hip Implants Case

Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $502 million to a group of patients who accused the company of hiding flaws in its Pinnacle artificial hips that caused the devices to prematurely fail and left them facing surgeries and pain, …

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 …