Archive for the ‘Product Liability’ Category

After Rebranding, Energy Drinks Still Dangerous

August 20th, 2014

Over the past two years, manufacturers of energy drinks have been putting out fires on various fronts. In 2012, the New York Times reported that Monster Energy — a beverage that Consumer Reports measures at 184mg of caffeine per 16 fl. oz. can (equivalent to about three cups of coffee)—had been linked with five deaths…

$23 Billion Verdict Hits Big Tobacco

July 30th, 2014

In 2006, a Florida Court of Appeal established that individuals could not band together into a class to file a class action lawsuit against tobacco companies for misleading consumers and misrepresenting the dangers their products pose. So, instead of a few cases, courts across the country are hearing hundreds of cases that pit long-term heavy…

Takata Air Bags Involved in Another Massive Auto Recall

July 9th, 2014

While the massive General Motors recall—involving over 20 million vehicles in only one year—has been getting a lot of news coverage (and a few posts on this blog), another recall may be nearly as dangerous for drivers. In fact, air bags manufactured by the Takata Corporation have “affected at least 10 million of the more…

Testosterone Treatment Linked to Cardiovascular Problems

June 25th, 2014

Over the past decade, according to the New York Times, testosterone replacement therapy (a form of hormone replacement) has quadrupled among men aged 40 and older. By 2011, about one in 25 men in their 60s was on a testosterone replacement plan. While this figure is staggering, this treatment initially offered a promising solution for…

NFL Settlement Hits Snag as Obama Addresses Concussion Hazards

June 18th, 2014

The lawsuit that has pitted several thousand retired professional football players against their former employer, the National Football League, has been receiving a lot of press over the past few months—and it shows no signs of ending anytime soon. When this blog last reported on the case in August 2012, about 2,000 players were involved,…

In an Attempt to Avoid Lawsuits, General Mills Pushes for Forced Arbitration

April 30th, 2014

The right to a trial by jury in civil matters is firmly entrenched in the United States Constitution. The civil justice system is the only tried and tested check on corporate malfeasance, and it is only in the courtroom where individual citizens can bring massive corporations to justice. Often, two adverse parties can agree to…

Tort Reformers Collect Huge Sums While Claiming to Oppose Lawsuits

February 19th, 2014

This blog has covered the United States Chamber of Commerce before, calling it in 2011 a “misleadingly named collection of businesses considered the largest pro-corporation lobbying group in the U.S.”

On Roller Coasters and Regulation

August 28th, 2013

In May of this year, we posted an article about the surprising prevalence of injuries to children at amusement parks. In the first study of its kind, a team of researchers based in Columbus, Ohio estimate that nearly 4500 children under the age of eighteen are injured on amusement park rides each year. The attractions…

After Initial Refusal Chrysler Agrees To Recall up to Three Million Unsafe Defective Vehicles

June 19th, 2013

Since January of 2013 we have written two posts about automobile recalls: one, “Toyota Settles Class Action Lawsuit for More Than $1 Billion,” detailed the company’s recall of up to 3.2 million vehicles and its subsequent settlement of a class action lawsuit with customers whose cars and trucks were affected; the other, “Subaru Recalls Ten Thousand…

Subaru Recalls Ten Thousand Cars for Dangerous Defect

May 29th, 2013

On April 24, 2013, Subaru of America, a subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., announced a recall of all 2014 model year Subaru Forester automobiles (those built between January and March 2013). This came on the heels of a discovery in Vancouver, Washington in which nearly two dozen Foresters were found to have floor mats…

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