Products Liability Law Reporter

2016 August/September

Volume 35, 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 9, 2016
  • September 13, 2016

Commercial Products & Equipment

  • Products claims may proceed against alarm company whose equipment triggered false alarm
  • Public policy compelled applying New York successor liability law over German law
  • Monsanto concealed PCB risks, leading to plaintiffs’ lymphoma

Consumer Products & Equipment

  • Failure to warn of known link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer


  • Handgun manufacturer agrees to settle class action lawsuit over safety defects

Food & Beverages

  • Defective beer case separates, causing bottles to fall and lacerate shopper’s foot

Industrial Products & Equipment

  • Pump, valve makers failed to warn of their products’ asbestos risks, leading to machinist’s mesothelioma
  • Gasket supplier liable for mill worker’s mesothelioma
  • Plaintiffs claim exposure to benzene caused mechanic's leukemia
  • Respirator maker concealed known defects, resulting in worker's peritoneal mesothelioma

Medical Products & Equipment

  • FDA’s ‘substantial equivalence’ determination under §510(k) did not trigger Texas statutory presumption of non-liability
  • Court remands suit against implant maker, refusing to sever claims against non-diverse medical defendants


  • RJR liable for longtime smoker's lung cancer death


  • Failure to equip truck cab with second set of brakes


  • 'Good tobacco' exception does not bar claim alleging RJR modified cigarettes to enhance addiction