Product Liability News

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 …

French Dairy Group Likely Sold Contaminated Baby Milk for Years; Multiple Suits Filed

French dairy group Lactalis may have been producing salmonella-tainted baby milk for more than a decade, its CEO was quoted as saying on Thursday, adding the growing food safety crisis was likely to cost the company hundreds of millions of …

Japan Data-Tampering Scandals Show Dangers of ‘Sacrificing Quality’ to Save Costs

A string of data-tampering scandals at Japanese manufacturers has not tarnished Japan’s image, though it has been a powerful reminder to avoid sacrificing quality when under cost or delivery pressure, a senior economic official said on Wednesday [Dec. 27]. Since …

EPA Clears Monsanto Roundup Chemical of Health Risks to Humans

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has said that glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto Co.’s top-selling weed killer Roundup, is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans, contradicting a World Health Organization panel. The EPA, in a draft risk assessment …

Japan’s Mitsubishi Materials Reveals More Products with Falsified Specifications

Japan’s Mitsubishi Materials Corp. said it has found more cases of products shipped with possible falsified specifications as it investigates a widening data-fabrication scandal that has affected more than 300 of its customers. The revelation is among the latest in …

Jury Says J&J, Bayer Must Pay $28 Million for Woman’s Injuries from Xarelto Drug

Johnson & Johnson and Bayer AG are responsible for a woman’s injuries tied to the blood-thinning drug Xarelto and must pay almost $28 million in damages, jurors concluded in the companies’ first loss at a trial over the medicine. Lynn …