Product Liability News

Judges Weigh Consolidating Firefighting Foam, Other Water Chemical Lawsuits

Creating a massive lawsuit over cancer-linked chemicals found in around a third of Americans’ drinking water got a skeptical reception in federal court Thursday. A panel of seven judges in Manhattan repeatedly asked whether cases across the U.S. should be …

Judge Nixes U.S. Suit Against Malaysia Airlines, Insurer Allianz Over Plane Disappearance

A U.S. judge has dismissed nationwide litigation over the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in which victims’ families sought to hold the carrier, its insurer Allianz SE and Boeing Co. liable for the still-unexplained disaster. U.S. District Judge Ketanji …

Judge Picks First Case for Trial in Federal Monsanto Weedkiller Litigation

A U.S. judge overseeing the federal litigation against Bayer AG’s Monsanto unit over glyphosate-based weed-killers allegedly causing cancer on Tuesday selected the first case to be tried in federal court in February 2019. U.S. District Judge Vince Chaabria in San …

Jury Finds J&J Not Liable in Talcum Powder Cancer Case in California

A California jury on Wednesday 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, the company said. The jury in …

$12.8M Suit Filed by Estate of Oregon Man Killed in WWII Tank Blast

The family of an Oregon man killed when a cannon shell exploded in his World War II-era tank has filed a $12.8 million lawsuit. Steve Preston’s family is suing Chuck Hegele, the contractor who supplied powder for the shell, The …

E-Scooter Fires Pit Sharing Firm Lime Against Manufacturer Segway

Segway Ninebot, the primary manufacturer of shared electric scooters, is hitting back three days after one of the biggest scooter-sharing companies said manufacturing issues had led some vehicles to smolder or even catch fire. In a statement on Friday, the …

Plaintiff in Monsanto Weedkiller Cancer Case Accepts Court’s Reduced $78M Award

The school groundskeeper who won a jury trial against Bayer AG’s Monsanto unit over allegations that the company’s glyphosate-containing weed-killers caused his cancer, accepted a court-mandated reduced punitive damages award on Wednesday. The decision by Dewayne Johnson, who sued Monsanto …

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 …