Products Liability Law Reporter | The American Association For Justice

Products Liability Law Reporter

2019 December/2020 January

Volume 38, No. 6

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.


  • December 10, 2019
  • January 7, 2020

Commercial Products & Equipment

  • Faulty design of wooden crate leads to worker’s fatal fall

Consumer Products & Equipment

  • Johnson & Johnson liable for baby powder user’s pleural mesothelioma
  • Plaintiff’s failure to show reasonably safe alternative design for drain opener jug warrants summary judgment
  • Defective scaffold claims fail absent adequate expert evidence


  • Jury awards substantial punitive damages to Risperdal user who suffered gynecomastia

Food & Beverages

  • Breach of warranty for contaminated fast food

Industrial Products & Equipment

  • Defective design, manufacture of joint tester results in operator’s death
  • Company liable for predecessor’s failure to warn electrician of asbestos hazards
  • Failure to warn Ford mechanic about asbestos exposure
  • Complaint sufficiently alleged defective rock crusher led to worker’s injuries

Medical Products & Equipment

  • J&J not liable for subsidiary Ethicon’s alleged negligence
  • Jury finds Ethicon liable for patient’s pelvic mesh injuries
  • Plaintiff’s failure to allege distinct manufacturing defects does not warrant dismissal of strict liability claim
  • Court strikes plaintiff’s rebuttal expert report that did not directly contradict defense expert’s methods or opinions
  • Jury awards damages to patient forced to undergo additional hip replacement after receiving defective Zimmer hip implant

Recreational Products & Equipment

  • Products liability claims against Lime electric scooter rental company subject to arbitration


  • Jury finds Philip Morris liable for smoker’s laryngeal cancer
  • Directed verdict on fraud claims warranted based on defendant’s disclaimers regarding light cigarettes
  • Conspiracy to hide addictiveness, health consequences of smoking cigarettes
  • Philip Morris liable for smoker’s lung cancer, death


  • Missouri district court lacked personal jurisdiction over Ford in defective steering column case