Archive for the ‘Product Liability’ Category

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…

Amusement Rides Injure Thousands of Children Annually

May 15th, 2013

As we get closer and closer to summer weather, parents and their children will flock to amusement parks, carnivals and boardwalks to eagerly ride the rides. While we sometimes hear anecdotally of amusement park accidents, they seem very rare. A new study published in this month’s Clinical Pediatrics, however, suggests that thousands of youngsters are…

Delays in Resolving Civil Lawsuits Caused by Court Funding Shortages

April 3rd, 2013

Of the three branches of government, the judicial branch receives by far the least attention. With the exception of high-profile cases like the Affordable Care Act and Proposition 8 (dealing with same-sex marriage in California), the judiciary lacks the glamor of the presidency and the news coverage of congress (whose members are staples on television…

Toyota Settles Class Action Lawsuit for More Than $1 Billion

January 9th, 2013

This past December, automotive giant Toyota Motor Corporation settled a class action lawsuit filed in 2010 after a recall of many of its vehicles. The settlement totals over $1 billion, and comes in the wake of complaints that the accelerator pedals on some Toyota models became stuck in an open position while driving. Many of…

American Tort Reform Association Releases Annual “Judicial Hellholes” Report

December 20th, 2012

Earlier this month, the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) released its annual report of the top “Judicial Hellholes” in the country, those areas in which “frivolous lawsuits” apparently run rampant. According to the media watchdog group Media Matters for America, these are jurisdictions which “corporate defendants feel are not favorable to their interests.” These jurisdictions…

Oklahoma Factory Closing Sparks Tort Reform Debate

November 7th, 2012

On October 4, The New York Times published an article in which the author, Clifford Krauss, discusses the closing of a gas can factory operated by Blitz USA, formerly the largest manufacturer of its kind in the United States. Blitz sold 14 million units a year for a decade, but in recent years those at…

Bumbo Baby Seat: Just One of Many Recalls

September 19th, 2012

The Bumbo® Baby Seat, essentially a large piece of molded green foam, has been the subject of two recalls in the last five years. In 2007, 1 million units were recalled in the United States. Now, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 4 million seats are being called back to the manufacturer…

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