Products Liability Law Reporter | The American Association For Justice

Products Liability Law Reporter

2019 June/July

Volume 38, No. 3

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.


  • June 11, 2019
  • July 16, 2019

Commercial Products & Equipment

  • Store customer injured by automatic doors
  • Defective liftgate

Consumer Products & Equipment

  • Failure to warn consumers of asbestos-related health risks from talcum powder
  • Lack of consent from all joined defendants precluded removal of defective ladder claim to federal court
  • Defectively designed leaf blower
  • Failure to warn Roundup user of risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Food & Beverages

  • Seller of peeling meal trays not liable to inmate who swallowed plastic peelings

Industrial Products & Equipment

  • Failure to warn mechanic of asbestos hazards
  • Plaintiff could not serve as his own causation expert in lawsuit against spray gun manufacturer
  • Failure to warn tire workers of dangers from benzene-containing solvents
  • Defective design of pneumatic tube system
  • Failure to warn of asbestos hazard from routine maintenance of valves
  • Product manufacturer has duty to warn when product requires subsequent incorporation of dangerous part

Medical Products & Equipment

  • Learned intermediary doctrine bars IUD user’s failure-to-warn claim

Recreational Products & Equipment

  • Amazon not liable for home fire linked to hoverboard sold on company’s online marketplace


  • Jury in retrial finds R.J. Reynolds liable for conspiracy to commit fraud by concealment
  • Tobacco companies liable for concealing health effects, addictive nature of cigarettes
  • R.J. Reynolds liable for smoker’s lung cancer death


  • Appellate court affirms jury verdict in Harley-Davidson design defect case
  • Expert’s opinion based on personal methodology not admissible
  • Faulty Goodyear tire leads to rollover, collision
  • Defective design of Honda Odyssey’s third-row seat belt