Category: Product Liability

A “Reality Check” on Safety of Driver Assist Systems

Electronic driver assist systems are designed by auto manufacturers to increase road safety. But recent tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) showed that if drivers are not paying careful attention behind the wheel, these systems can actually cause the accidents they are meant to prevent. The IIHS tested five assist systems on […]

A $289 Million Verdict Shakes up Monsanto—Signals Good News for Roundup Victims

As consumers, we expect the everyday products we buy off store shelves to be safe. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Thousands of people who bought the popular weed-killer Roundup believe that the product gave them cancer. And on August 10, a jury agreed with the first of the cancer victims to have their day […]

Bayer Stops Sales of Essure – but the Legal Fight Continues

Since the early 2000’s, hundreds of thousands of women have turned to a tiny, coiled device as a supposedly safe and effective method of birth control. As many as 750,000 women have chosen the Essure implant for sterilization, largely because they were told the device involved a gentle, non-surgical procedure with little risk of side […]

Why Some Strollers Are Dangerous for Children

By their nature, products which are designed for use with small children come with greater expectations of safety in both their design and manufacture. Because they are more physically vulnerable than adults and older children, infants and toddlers can be more seriously injured when a defective product injures them during normal use, even though it […]

Is the Bar for Medical Device Approval Too Low?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is moving forward with its plans to establish a new medical device approval process in early 2019 which is supposed to make new products available sooner. But a chorus of critics says this is a dangerous move for patients because it makes an already dubious approval system even […]

Vape Pen Explosion Causes First E-Cig-Related Death in U.S

Florida authorities are still investigating the death of a man whose body was found at his home on May 5, after a vape pen apparently exploded in his face. The exact cause of death remains undetermined. The victim, 35-year-old Tallmadge D’Elia, suffered multiple injuries to his face, officials said. Firefighters were summoned by a 911 […]

The Terrifying Story of the Exploding Washing Machine

A New Jersey federal judge ruled on May 21 that an oral settlement agreement reached in June 2017 in two class action lawsuits over allegedly defective Samsung washers should be enforced. This may finally bring to an end several years of conflict between consumers and Samsung over its “exploding” washing machines. The U.S. Consumer Product […]

What Does the Romaine Lettuce Scare Tell Us About Food Safety?

The source of the fatal toxic strain of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce in the spring of 2018 continues to elude scientists and public health officials. So far, it has killed one person and sickened 172, in 32 states. Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7, which has caused kidney failure in some patients, is the […]

Furniture Tip-Overs

Just about any parent of a small child has either had to deal with a furniture tip-over which injured their youngster or has heard stories from their friends whose young kids caused a tip-over of a chest of drawers or giant television. These accidents can cause crush injuries that land children in the hospital – […]

Close Up Of Senior Man Suffering With Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a painful condition that affects the quality of life of some 1.5 million Americans. The Arthritis Foundation says that women most often begin feeling the effects of the disease when they are between 30 and 60 years of age, while men tend to suffer from it later in life. RA is an […]