Products Liability Law Reporter

The Products Liability Law Reporter features verdicts, settlements, and court decisions in the field of products liability; reports of government regulatory actions and product recalls; articles by practitioners; and links to recent articles published in the media and scholarly journals. Subscribers are automatically enrolled in the Products Liability Section.

October/November 2014

Print Issue
October 2014


  • October 21, 2014

Commercial Products & Equipment

  • Hydraulic lift collapses, injuring mechanic’s hand
  • Defective outdoor lighting ignites mulch, causing house fire

Consumer Products and Equipment

  • Buckle on retractable leash fails, injuring consumer’s eye
  • Counterfeit toothpaste sickens consumer


  • Fifth Circuit: Federal law preempts claims against generic drugmakers


  • Court erred in granting summary judgment for pot pie manufacturer

Industrial Products & Equipment

  • Maker of asbestos fireproofing spray failed to warn of known hazards
  • Worker suffers hand-crush injuries from unguarded printing press
  • Component parts doctrine does not shield silica sand suppliers from liability

Recreational Products & Equipment

  • Passive-retailer doctrine did not shield helmet distributor from liability


  • Tobacco company liable for smoker’s lung cancer death
  • California jury finds Lorillard liable for smoker’s fatal lung cancer


  • Defective design of Acura’s seat belt leads to driver’s paralyzing injury
  • Side underride guard could have prevented motorist’s death, estate claimed