Product Liability News

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 …

Ford to Pay Consumers $299 Million to Settle Takata Airbag Lawsuit

Ford Motor Co. has agreed to pay $299.1 million to settle consumers’ economic-loss claims connected to Takata Corp. air-bag recalls. The settlement, filed in federal court in Miami Monday, reimburses consumers for out-of-pocket expenses and provides free loaners for owners …

Legal Experts See Obstacles for J&J Appeal of $4.7 Billion Talc Verdict

Johnson & Johnson has vowed to appeal a $4.7 billion verdict awarded to 22 women who claim asbestos-contaminated talc in the company’s products gave them ovarian cancer by arguing the plaintiffs’ science was flawed and the case should not have …

Lawsuits Against Monsanto’s Roundup Cleared for Trial

Hundreds of lawsuits against Monsanto Co. by cancer survivors or families of those who died can proceed to trial, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday, finding there was sufficient evidence for a jury to hear the cases that blame the …