Products Liability Law Reporter | The American Association For Justice

Products Liability Law Reporter

2019 April/May

Volume 38, No. 2

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.


  • April 16, 2019
  • May 14, 2019

Consumer Products & Equipment

  • Unsafe lid-locking system on pressure cooker leads to child’s severe burns, amputations
  • Defectively designed ladder collapses
  • Business registration constitutes consent to jurisdiction in Pennsylvania


  • FDCA does not preempt negligent misrepresentation, consumer protection, design defect claims
  • Drug test manufacturer not liable to woman wrongfully arrested after false-positive drug test
  • Whether reasonably prudent person would have known of Vioxx injury was fact issue precluding defense judgment

Food & Beverages

  • Dismissal of common law claims warranted where they duplicate parallel products liability allegations

Industrial Products & Equipment

  • Manufacturer of arc grinder not liable for mechanic’s asbestos-related injuries
  • Failure to warn of asbestos hazards

Medical Products & Equipment

  • MDA preempt state law claim for failure to submit adverse event reports to FDA
  • Jury finds for plaintiffs in pelvic mesh trial
  • Breast implant manufacturer not liable to patient under state law products liability theories
  • Summary judgment for defense proper where plaintiffs’ expert failed to meet threshold reliability standard
  • Manufacturer found liable for defective design in third IVC filter bellwether

Recreational Products & Equipment

  • Cruise line not strictly liable for injuries resulting from product it modified but did not sell


  • Fraudulent concealment of smoking’s dangers
  • Fraudulent concealment


  • Locomotive seat manufacturer may be liable to railroad that settled with injured engineer
  • Defective handrail fastener system causes truck driver to fall
  • Defective design of manhole cover causes driver to lose control of vehicle
  • Jury awards damages to victims of Seattle Ride the Ducks incident