Products Liability Law Reporter

2016 October/November

Volume 35, 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 11, 2016

Commercial Products & Equipment

  • Federal law does not preempt claim alleging Roundup caused man’s cancer

Consumer Products & Equipment

  • Child car seat lacked adequate warning about dangers of forward-facing position


  • McNeil, J&J settle lawsuit over child’s death from contaminated Children’s Tylenol
  • J&J, Janssen failed to timely warn of gynecomastia risk

Industrial Products & Equipment

  • Contaminated water caused man’s testicular cancer
  • Cold saw lacked adequate blade guard
  • Knowing-user, rebuttable presumption instructions were proper in mining accident case

Medical Products & Equipment

  • Claims over defective birth control device must return to state court

Recreational Products & Equipment

  • Bicycle’s front wheel separates, throwing and fatally injuring rider


  • Veteran’s smoking addiction caused his fatal lung cancer
  • Jury finds RJR responsible for longtime smoker’s cancer, COPD
  • Philip Morris targeted young smokers, leading to woman’s lifelong addiction


  • Second Circuit: Bankruptcy does not shield GM from ignition switch claims
  • Takata, Honda settle lawsuit over deadly air bag defect