Products Liability Law Reporter | The American Association For Justice

Products Liability Law Reporter

2018 August/September

Volume 37, No. 4

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.


  • August 14, 2018
  • September 11, 2018

Commercial Products & Equipment

  • Washing machine makers not liable to laundromat patron injured after placing arms inside activated front-loading washer

Consumer Products & Equipment

  • Occupational safety expert unqualified to testify regarding alleged ladder defects
  • J&J liable for failing to warn of its powder’s asbestos contamination


  • Man suffers heart attack after using AndroGel to treat low testosterone
  • Illinois lacked personal jurisdiction over patient’s Accutane suit

Food & Beverages

  • Amended complaint relates back to original where defendant should have known previous party was named in error

Household Products & Equipment

  • Breach of implied warranty claim may proceed where evidence was sufficient to establish logical cause and effect

Industrial Products & Equipment

  • Failure to warn of asbestos hazards
  • Defective respirator caused coal miners’ occupational black lung disease
  • Lack of guard, safety device on rock crushing machine
  • Sophisticated intermediary doctrine did not override silica manufacturers’ duty to warn
  • Asbestos exposure leads to machinist’s asbestosis
  • Supplier of plumbing supply line not liable for water damage from fractured coupling nut

Medical Products & Equipment

  • Expert testimony required to prove defective IUD case
  • IVC filter manufacturer failed to warn about product’s safety risks
  • Plaintiff prevails in pelvic mesh litigation

Recreational Products & Equipment

  • Installation of improperly sized roof on ATV created shearing hazard that led to hand amputation
  • Virginia firefighter’s rule applies to products liability claims


  • New trial not warranted where jury verdict uninfluenced by improper expert testimony
  • Trial court did not err in refusing to amend judgment to reflect discounted cost of plaintiff’s lung transplant
  • Failure to warn consumers of dangers, addictive nature of cigarettes


  • Manufacturing defect in SUV leads to fatal crash
  • Design defect claim fails where plaintiff’s injuries resulted from his own conduct