Products Liability Law Reporter | The American Association For Justice

Products Liability Law Reporter

2020 February/March

Volume 39, 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 4, 2020
  • March 17, 2020

Consumer Products & Equipment

  • Defective design, manufacture of gas generator
  • Four victims recover against J&J for mesothelioma allegedly resulting from cosmetic talc products
  • Common knowledge doctrine precludes welder’s suit over flammable shirt
  • Plaintiffs failed to create triable issue of fact in shave talc related asbestos lawsuit


  • Dismissal proper where plaintiff failed to offer proper expert opinion about rifle’s alleged defect

Food & Beverages

  • Loose metal screw from restaurant kitchen machine causes patron’s dental injuries
  • Trial court misapplied doctrine of res ipsa loquitur in food contamination case

Household Products & Equipment

  • Failure to effectuate timely service warrants dismissal of suit alleging furniture was defective
  • not liable for damages resulting from allegedly defective blender

Industrial Products & Equipment

  • Asbestos exposure over 20-year career at tire factory leads to worker’s mesothelioma, death
  • Successor corporation not subject to former employee’s lawsuit
  • Failure to protect engineer from asbestos exposure

Medical Products & Equipment

  • Court grants pelvic mesh plaintiff’s motion to remand where joinder of later-dismissed co-defendant had been proper

Recreational Products & Equipment

  • entitled to summary judgment in hoverboard fire suit


  • Jury awards damages to same-sex spouse for husband’s smoking-related death
  • Jury awards damages against tobacco companies in retrial of claims brought by estate of former Florida smoker
  • Plaintiff must prove detrimental reliance on tobacco company’s false statement to prove conspiracy


  • Defective guardrail pierces truck’s passenger compartment
  • Defective seatback causes teenagers fatal injuries in crash
  • Dismissal improper in excessive air bag deployment case