Product Liability News

Bayer Fails to Settle U.S. Roundup Lawsuits, Risking Restart of Federal Trials

Bayer AG failed to settle outstanding U.S. Roundup lawsuits by Monday, the deadline set by a judge who has said he’ll resume federal trials over claims the weedkiller caused consumers’ cancer. Ahead of its release of an earnings statement Tuesday, …

Bayer’s Monsanto Loses Final Appeal in French Farmer’s 2004 Weedkiller Accident

Bayer’s Monsanto division on Wednesday [Oct. 21] lost a final appeal in a long-running French legal battle in which the crop chemical maker has been held liable for the accidental inhalation of a weedkiller by a crop farmer. Monsanto had …

Battery Fires Make Headlines as Electric Vehicle Sales Take Off

First, Hyundai Motor Co. made headlines about its electric cars catching fire. Five days later, it was General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. The next day, it was BMW AG. Vehicles going up in flames aren’t new to the …

Juul’s Defense of Marketing E-Cigarettes to Youth Targets Use of Organized Crime Law

Juul Labs Inc. has the Mafia to thank for the most potent legal claims accusing the e-cigarette maker of igniting an epidemic of youth nicotine addiction. The company will try to persuade a federal judge Monday that consumers and school …

Bayer Settles More U.S. Claims Over Weedkiller Roundup

Bayer AG has settled thousands of U.S. Roundup weed killer lawsuits as part of an $11 billion settlement, reaching deals with the only lawyers who took cases to trial over allegations the herbicide caused cancer. In letters filed with U.S. …

U.S. Safety Agency Investigating Boeing 787 Dreamliners for Flaws

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said Sunday it is investigating manufacturing flaws involving some Boeing 787 Dreamliners but said it was too early to say if it will require new inspections. Boeing said in August airlines operating its 787 Dreamliners …

Bayer to Pay $1.6 Billion to End 90% of U.S. Claims for Essure Birth Control Device

German drugs and pesticides group Bayer said on Thursday it will pay around $1.6 billion to settle the majority of U.S. claims involving its Essure birth-control device. The agreement follows a $10.9 billion settlement in June of U.S. lawsuits claiming …

Calif. Court Rules Amazon Liable Like Other Retailers for Defective Products

Amazon.com can be held liable like other traditional retailers for injuries from defective products sold via its sprawling e-commerce marketplace, a California state appeals court ruled on Thursday. The decision overturned a San Diego Superior Court ruling that the world’s …

Court Revives Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder Lawsuits

A New Jersey appeals court’s decision to revive two lawsuits accusing Johnson & Johnson’s iconic Baby Powder of causing cancer may lead to the reinstatement of about 1,000 suits targeting the talc-based product. A three-judge panel of the New Jersey …

AstraZeneca Gets Protection from Future Product Liability Claims for COVID Vaccine

AstraZeneca has been granted protection from future product liability claims related to its COVID-19 vaccine hopeful by most of the countries with which it has struck supply agreements, a senior executive told Reuters. With 25 companies testing their vaccine candidates …