Product Liability News

8 Passengers Sue Southwest Airlines, Manufacturers Over Engine Blowout

Eight passengers have sued Southwest Airlines Co. over a catastrophic engine blowout in April that killed a passenger and injured several others. The plaintiffs, eight passengers from Flight 1380 on April 17 and one passenger’s husband, filed suit on Tuesday …

Groundskeeper’s Cancer Trial Could Signal Fate of Other Monsanto Roundup Claims

Lee Johnson’s doctors didn’t think he’d live long enough to testify in court that exposure to Monsanto Co.’s Roundup weed killer caused his deadly cancer. But the 46-year-old is now first in line to go to trial against the agrochemical …

FDA Says 12 Deaths Now Linked to Balloon Treatment for Obesity

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday notified healthcare providers that it had received reports of five more deaths in patients using liquid-filled intragastric balloon systems to treat obesity, bringing the total death toll to 12 since 2016. The …

J&J Baby Powder Verdict Reaches Almost $26 Million

Johnson & Johnson was ordered by a California jury to pay $4 million in punitive damages to a 68-year-old woman who claimed her deadly cancer was caused by asbestos in the company’s baby powder. The jury awarded $21.7 million in …

How to Make Implants, Pacemakers and Other Medical Devices Safer

U.S. health officials on Tuesday proposed steps to improve the government’s system for overseeing medical devices, which has been criticized for years for failing to catch problems with risky implants and medical instruments. The plan from the Food and Drug …

J&J $80 Million Damages Award Could Signal More Talcum Cancer Claims

Johnson & Johnson and a talc-mining company were ordered by jurors to pay $80 million in punitive damages for hiding that their products, including J&J’s iconic baby powder, had been tainted by asbestos and posed a cancer risk. The New …

Class Action Suit Filed Against S. Africa’s Tiger Brands After Deadly Listeria Outbreak

A class action lawsuit was filed on Thursday [March 29] against South Africa’s Tiger Brands, after one of the company’s food factories was linked to a listeria outbreak that has killed 180 people since early 2017, the lawyer running the …

Jury Orders AndroGel Maker AbbVie to Pay $3M After Judge Rejected $150M

A U.S. jury on Monday ordered AbbVie Inc. to pay more than $3 million to a man who claimed the company misrepresented the risks of its testosterone replacement drug AndroGel, causing him to suffer a heart attack, though the jury …

Experts Behind Product Liability Suit Against Monsanto Herbicide Don’t Impress Judge

A lawsuit claiming Monsanto Co.’s popular weed killer Roundup causes cancer was dealt a blow by a judge’s conclusions that the opinions of the experts testifying against it are “shaky,” a potentially devastating development for the case getting to trial. …

S. Africa Class Action Planned Against Food Producer Tiger Brands After Listeria Outbreak

A human rights lawyer plans to launch a class action lawsuit against South African food producer Tiger Brands on behalf of the families of people who died and those affected by the worst listeria outbreak in history. South Africa’s health …