Product Liability News

Monsanto Has Another Legally Risky Chemical Product

Some Bayer AG investors were surprised to learn about the thousands of farmers lining up before U.S. courts to argue that Roundup — the blockbuster weedkiller the German company recently acquired when it bought Monsanto Co. — had given them …

Monsanto’s ‘Junk Science’ Appeal of Roundup Verdict Faces Long Odds

Bayer AG unit Monsanto faces long odds on an appeal blaming an “inflamed” jury and “junk science” for a verdict of $289 million in damages to a man who said the company’s Roundup weed killer caused his cancer, according to …

S. Korean BMW Owners Asked Not to Drive Until Fire Risk Inspections Completed

South Korea’s government will tell owners of some BMW AG cars in the country to keep the vehicles off the roads until the German carmaker completes safety checks to address a defect after reports of nearly 40 cases of fire …

First Jury in a Roundup Cancer Trial Orders Monsanto to Pay $289 Million

A California jury on Friday found Monsanto liable in a lawsuit filed by a man who alleged the company’s glyphosate-based weed-killers, including Roundup, caused his cancer and ordered the company to pay $289 million in damages. The case of school …

2nd Chinese Manufacturer Makes Tainted, Carcinogenic Heart Drug: EU

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said on Friday that a second Chinese contract manufacturer, Zhejiang Tianyu, had produced a common blood pressure and heart drug with an impurity that could cause cancer. The alarm over the valsartan drug was first …

China Recalls Defective Vaccines Exported to Overseas Markets

Investigators in China have begun recalling defective vaccines produced by a Chinese drugmaker from domestic and overseas markets, health authorities said. Investigators found Changchun Changsheng Life Sciences Ltd. had blended expired fluids in its vaccines and falsified records from as …

First Jury Weighs Cancer Claims Against Monsanto’s Roundup

A trial in which a school groundskeeper alleged that his use of Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer caused his terminal cancer will go to a California jury after lawyers for both sides delivered their closing arguments on Tuesday. Groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson …

Ford F150 Pickup Trucks’ Seat Belts Probed for Fire Risk

The U.S. traffic safety regulator is investigating complaints of fire during crashes in some Ford Motor Co. F-150 Supercrew pickup trucks linked to a seat belt component. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said there were five complaints alleging …

Insurers Being Asked About Asbestos-Talcum Exposure After J&J $4.6 Billion Verdict

Wall Street is trying to figure out whether the U.S. insurance industry will bear any costs from a record $4.69 billion judgment against Johnson & Johnson awarded to customers and their families who claimed that asbestos-contaminated talc caused ovarian cancer. …

Bayer to Discontinue Sales of Essure Birth Control Device as U.S. Lawsuits Mount

The maker of a permanent contraceptive implant subject to thousands of injury reports and repeated safety restrictions by regulators said Friday that it will stop selling the device in the U.S., the only country where it remains available. Bayer said …