Companies that manufacture and sell products to consumers are supposed to take reasonable steps to ensure their products are safe for people to use as intended. However, for a variety of reasons, some products turn out to be unsafe, and people get hurt as a result. This is known as a product liability case, of which there are three primary varieties:… Read the rest
Juul is the largest manufacturer of e-cigarettes in the world, and at its height in 2018, it held a market share of greater than 70%. However, it has faced criticism and litigation for hiding the dangers associated with its product, including obscuring the fact that its products contain nicotine. However, it now faces lawsuits from more than one hundred school districts over another troubling set of allegations: namely, that it has intentionally marketed its products towards minors who cannot legally purchase its products.… Read the rest
BayerAG, the chemical and pharmaceutical conglomerate, has agreed to pay $10 billion to settle a series of lawsuits brought against it over its signature weed killer, Roundup. The herbicide became the subject of major public controversy after it was discovered that Roundup had carcinogenic properties, a fact that was known by its manufacturer, Monsanto, for decades. The company covered up this fact and continued to sell Roundup to the public, netting billions of dollars from sales of the weed killer in the interim.… Read the rest
The vaping manufacturing company, Juul, has been sued for allegedly allowing as many as one million tainted vaping pods to be sold on the market. The suit was filed by Juul’s former vice president, Siddharth Breja, who claims he was fired for raising concerns about the contaminated pods, as well as additional concerns that the company was knowingly selling expired products. The suit adds to growing public concern about the safety of vaping amidst a growing number of injuries and illnesses linked to vaping products.… Read the rest
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2016 more than half of the motor vehicle deaths involved a single-vehicle crash. In addition, in New York State there were almost 700 deaths as a result of a single-vehicle crash.… Read the rest
A product recall is usually issued by a manufacturer informing customers that one or multiple products is unsafe as a result of a defect and can potentially cause death or serious injury to a consumer. A product recall can occur as a result of testing by a manufacturer or as a result of prior incidents involving an injured consumer and their product. Commonly, product recalls can be issued in conjunction with a government agency, such as the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).… Read the rest
On August 21, 2017, Johnson & Johnson was the defendant in the largest talcum powder verdict of $417 million. A California jury awarded $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 million in punitive damages. The plaintiff alleged that the talc-based product, Baby Powder, caused her ovarian cancer. She argued that Johnson & Johnson encouraged women to use the product for hygiene even though studies linked talc with ovarian cancer.… Read the rest
Recently, a St. Louis, Missouri jury awarded a $110 million verdict to a Virginia woman who claimed that she developed ovarian cancer as a result of using Johnson & Johnson’s talcum-based powder products for decades. This is the largest verdict to arise out of about 2,400 lawsuits that accuse the company of breaching its duty of care to customers by not informing them about the cancer risks associated with its talc-based products, including the most notable Johnson’s Baby Powder. Additionally, the company’s talc supplier was held partially liable for the plaintiff’s damages and was ordered to pay a portion … Read the rest
Controversy has surrounded alcohol energy drinks such as Red Bull for their unhealthy concentration of caffeine. But rather than backing off, the beverage industry has come up with yet more potent and dangerous drinks. One such drink is Four Loko, an alcoholic energy drink combining alcohol and caffeine.
To combat the danger, the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) announced that the SLA has reached a voluntary agreement with Four Loko producer Phusion Products to stop shipping alcoholic beverages that contain caffeine and other stimulants to New York State by this Friday, November 19, 2010. Phusion Products has also agreed … Read the rest
Baby slings – soft fabrics that wrap around the chest so that busy parents can carry their babies or just stay close as they bond with their infants are potentially dangerous products that continue to be of great concern. This past week the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of about 40 Sprout Stuff infant ring slings. The CPSC advised consumers to immediately stop using Sprout Stuff infant ring slings due to a risk of suffocation to infants.
This recall follows one on March 24, 2010, by Infantino LLC, of more than one million Infantino SlingRider and … Read the rest