Product Liability News

Supreme Court Declines Paint Manufacturers’ Appeal of $400M Public Nuisance Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected appeals from Sherwin-Williams Co. and Conagra Brands Inc., leaving intact a ruling that requires them to pay more than $400 million for lead-paint remediation in California. The rebuff, issued without comment Monday, is a blow …

New Jersey Jury Rejects Claim J&J Baby Powder Caused Woman’s Cancer

A New Jersey jury on Thursday cleared Johnson & Johnson of liability in a case involving a woman who alleged that the company’s talc-based products, including its baby powder, contain asbestos and caused her cancer. After less than a day …

Lawnmower Injuries Remain Source of Serious Injury and High Costs

Lawnmower injuries persists at a rate of close to 6,400 a year, most of them requiring surgery and hospitalization, and costing an average of $37,000 per patient. In what Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers call an unusually comprehensive analysis of nationwide …

FDA Targets E-Cigarette Makers in Push to Curb Epidemic of Youth Vaping

The U.S. government signaled that it is prepared to adopt a tougher stance on electronic cigarettes in order to stem an epidemic of use by teens and children, after taking a more cautious approach last year. The Food and Drug …

Numerous California Marijuana Products Failing Safety Tests

Nearly 20 percent of marijuana products in California have failed tests for potency and purity since the state started requiring the checks on July 1, a failure rate some in the industry say has more to do with unrealistic standards …

J&J in India Agrees to Work on Compensation Plan for Hip Implant Patients

Johnson & Johnson (J&J) said it would work with the Indian government to compensate patients who had suffered from hip implants that were recalled by the U.S. healthcare firm eight years ago after data showed high failure rates. This follows …

Ford Recalling F-150 Pickups for Seat Belt Fire Risk

Ford Motor Co. will recall about 2 million F-150 pickups in North America to fix faulty seat-belt components that have sparked fires following crashes, after U.S. auto safety regulators began an investigation into the issue last month. The safety campaign …

India Government Recommends J&J Pay Compensation for Recalled Hip Implants

A government panel has recommended that Johnson & Johnson (J&J) pay compensation of at least $28,500 to each Indian patient who suffered from artificial hip implants the U.S. healthcare firm recalled eight years ago. The ASR hip implants were recalled …

Bayer’s Monsanto Faces 8,000 U.S. Lawsuits on Glyphosate-Based Weedkillers

The number of U.S. lawsuits brought against Bayer’s newly acquired Monsanto has jumped to about 8,000, as the German drugmaker braces for years of legal wrangling over alleged cancer risks of glyphosate-based weedkillers. Bayer had previously disclosed 5,200 such lawsuits …

Brand Name Drug Maker Not Liable for Injuries from Generic Version: Court

A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday tossed a $3 million verdict against GlaxoSmithKline over the suicide of an attorney who took a generic version of the company’s antidepressant Paxil, finding the company could not be held liable for injuries allegedly …