Products Liability Law Reporter | The American Association For Justice

Products Liability Law Reporter

2018 October/November

Volume 37, No. 5

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.


  • October 9, 2018
  • November 6, 2018

Commercial Products & Equipment

  • Jury finds Monsanto failed to warn of health risks of Roundup weed killer
  • Failure to train workers on modified equipment leads to worker’s crush injuries

Consumer Products & Equipment

  • J&J, supplier liable for failing to warn of health risks associated with using talc


  • Claim alleging pharmaceutical companies failed to distribute sufficient medication guides may proceed


  • Summary judgment for gun manufacturer precluded where fact issue exists as to whether lawsuit is qualified civil liability action under immunity statute

Food & Beverages

  • Insurer precluded from recovering amount paid to insured for losses related to contaminated meat recall

Household Products & Equipment

  • not a ‘product seller’ under New Jersey products liability law
  • Summary judgment for seller proper where plaintiff failed to provide evidence identifying space heater’s manufacturer
  • Retailer may be liable to customer injured from collapsed stool
  • Apartment operator liable for fire caused by defective television

Industrial Products & Equipment

  • Parental consortium claim precluded in case involving father’s nonfatal injuries
  • Laborer’s exposure to asbestos from plastic cement led to mesothelioma
  • Dismissal for lack of personal jurisdiction warranted where defendant lacked minimum contacts with forum state
  • Hand press manufacturer may be liable if it knew of worker’s particular misuse
  • Defective dust collection, spark detection systems cause worker to suffer severe burns in wood processing plant fire

Medical Products & Equipment

  • Dialysis provider fails to warn patients’ physicians about GranuFlo’s effects
  • Lawsuit against surgical device manufacturer can proceed
  • Prolift transvaginal mesh caused patient’s chronic pain

Recreational Products & Equipment

  • Tennessee products liability act covers claim alleging negligent merchandising of life vest


  • Jury holds companies liable for long-time smoker’s wrongful death
  • R.J. Reynolds liable for smoker’s lung cancer, death
  • Tobacco companies liable for smoker’s lung cancer death


  • Tow truck with defective parking brake rolls backward, injuring motorist
  • Defective brakes on shopping cart led to collision on travelator belt