Product Liability | Personal Injury Blog
Batteries have been a mainstay in everyday life in the United States for a little over a century now and there almost isn’t a single household appliance that utilizes them to some extent. Many products rely on disposable AA or AAA batteries, while laptops, tablets, cell phones, and even e-cigarettes utilize more efficient rechargeable batteries. While these components are commonplace, that does not mean they are always safe. Faulty parts and poor designs can lead to painful burns, fires, and even explosions because of defective batteries.
In recent years, vaping has become a popular alternative to traditional tobacco products for individuals looking to fight against nicotine addiction, and it has even become a mainstay of marijuana users. However, these products have also become extremely popular among young adults and teens as a result of trendy marketing, colorfully packaged products, and a lack of proper warning labels. While the term “vaping” has become sensationalized due to major headlines, most consumers do not fully understand what these products are and how dangerous they can be.
Johnson & Johnson has officially announced that it would discontinue its talc baby powder products in the United States and Canada. The company has been served in thousands of lawsuits alleging the company did not warn consumers of the dangers of asbestos exposure in the company’s popular baby powder. Over 50 years of Scientific studies have linked J&J’s products with ovarian cancer and have established a basis for multiple lawsuits that have reached over $4 billion in damages.
For the last decade, e-cigarettes and vaping have subtly and quietly become a popular, yet much debated, alternative to traditional tobacco products. While companies have marketed vaping as a cleaner, safer way for smokers to quit nicotine, this new technology is not without its fair share of risks, especially for children. It was only until recently that the media and government officials started building campaigns against the industry.
The dangers of JUUL products and vaping have become common knowledge. It was not that long ago that commercial breaks and online advertisements focused heavily on the dangers of tobacco products. Now, similar campaigns have crowded the airways explaining the health risks of vaping, specifically JUUL pods, in an effort to combat the initial teen-focused marketing campaigns that the company pushed during its launch.
After years of asserting that their iconic baby powder was safe to use and had no harmful side effects, Johnson & Johnson has recalled 33,000 bottles of its baby powder after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discovered evidence of asbestos in the product.
In the last three years, there have been over 13,000 lawsuits filed against the agri-chemical giant Monsanto (now owned by Bayer) for the company’s failure to give proper warning to its customers about the potentially carcinogenic effects of Roundup, a popular weed-killer. In three groundbreaking trials in California, Monsanto was ultimately ordered to pay more than $2 billion in damages to a small set of victims. And now, Nebraska has been selected as the next state to see the battle over Roundup play out in the courtroom, setting the stage for a new wave of litigation.
On July 15, 2019, an attorney for the State of California asked a San Diego judge to award more than $704 million to victims of a faulty implantable mesh made by a subsidiary of corporate giant Johnson & Johnson. The claim, which was filed in 2016, is now being heard in a bench trial: the first such trial to take place between a state attorney general and a mesh manufacturer. We expect the outcome of this lawsuit to set a precedent and create more rights for victims.
On May 13th, 2019, a jury in Oakland, California, awarded Alva and Alberta Pilliod $2 billion in disciplinary damages after they reached the conclusion that consistent exposure to a weed-killing product produced by Monsanto Co. led to the couple’s cancer diagnoses. The Pilliods were also awarded $55 million for pain and suffering, as well as medical expenses, by the jury.
When a defective product or service has hurt an entire group of people, the injured parties can file a class action lawsuit, allowing all who were harmed to recover damages. You may have received postcards in the mail, informing you that a lawsuit has been filed and that you’ve been identified as being potentially eligible for participation. While it may seem like participating in a class action would require nothing more than responding to such a notice, the process is actually very complicated. But just because it isn’t simple, that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. If you’ve been harmed by a company’s negligence, you should do everything you can to get the compensation you deserve, including contacting an attorney who can advise and represent you.
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