Products Liability Law Reporter

2017 February/March

Volume 36, No. 1

The Products Liability Law Reporter features verdicts, settlements, and court decisions in the field of products liability. It is published six times annually. Members also receive a monthly e-newsletter containing news stories, additional case reports, reports of government regulatory actions and product recalls, and links to recent articles published in the media and scholarly journals.


  • February 14, 2017
  • March 14, 2017

Consumer Products

  • Talc supplier for grooming products failed to warn of asbestos danger
  • Failure to warn of known link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer
  • Erroneous jury instructions require new trial in riding mower case
  • Seventh Circuit rekindles defect claim over flammable paint remover
  • Plaintiffs claim inadequate warnings led to child’s injuries from blender explosion


  • Child pries open locked gun case, leading to shooting

Industrial Products & Equipment

  • Failure to warn of asbestos parts dangers led to worker’s fatal lung cancer
  • Hydraulic shear lacked critical safety guard

Medical Products & Equipment

  • Jury finds for plaintiffs in third bellwether trial over Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant

Recreational Products & Equipment

  • Tree stand replacement strap breaks, injuring hunter


  • Jury holds RJR accountable for longtime smoker’s COPD death


  • Roof, windshield, seat belt defects led to Honda passenger’s paralyzing injuries
  • Trial court imposed too strict a standard in dismissing suit over defective power steering system
  • Chrysler acted with reckless disregard in fatal Jeep fuel tank fire case