Products Liability Law Reporter | The American Association For Justice

Products Liability Law Reporter

2018 December/2019 January

Volume 37, No. 6

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.


  • December 11, 2018
  • January 8, 2019

Commercial Products & Equipment

  • Innocent seller statute does not preclude liability against Home Depot for allegedly defective table saw

Consumer Products & Equipment

  • J&J liable for ovarian cancers linked to use of its talcum powders
  • Exploding E-cigarette battery causes disfigurement
  • Importer was not liable for injuries resulting from disposable cigarette lighter


  • Federal law preempted claim that a drug manufacturer violated Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act by promoting opioid for off-label uses
  • Summary judgment proper where plaintiff failed to provide evidence related to risk-utility of or alternative design for Risperdal

Food & Beverages

  • Failure to prevent salmonella outbreak
  • Barista’s failure to secure lid, warn customer causes children to suffer second-degree burns

Household Products & Equipment

  • was not strictly liable for shattered glass coffee pot sold on its marketplace

Industrial Products & Equipment

  • Failure to warn of asbestos pipe hazards
  • Failure to warn pipefitter of insulation cement’s asbestos hazards
  • Failure to warn of asbestos exposure
  • Failure to warn laborer of asbestos dangers
  • Failure to include guard on bladed book cutting machine
  • Dust from asbestos-containing dryer fabrics causes paper mill worker to develop mesothelioma

Medical Products & Equipment

  • Uncontrolled release of overhead hood door


  • Engle plaintiffs may seek punitive damages despite defendants’ previous punitive damages payments
  • Engle class membership requires proof that smoker was either Florida citizen or resident
  • Smoker’s son awarded punitive damages against R.J. Reynolds
  • R.J. Reynolds liable for smoker’s COPD, emphysema
  • R.J. Reynolds liable for smoker’s fatal laryngeal cancer


  • Distributor of BMW not liable for plaintiff’s brain injury resulting from falling hatchback
  • Distribution of defective tire
  • Toyota liable for defective design of Lexus restraint system
  • Defective brake cylinder on Suzuki motorcycle leads to crash