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Defective Products and Products Liability

Defective Products and Products Liability lawsuits involve injuries from the use of a defective or dangerous product. This could arise in the case of a defect in a car which causes an accident, a burn sustained from using a beauty product, or even food poisoning. The manufacturer or seller is held liable to any party who foreseeably could have been injured by the product. There are several types of defects, including defect in the manufacturing, defect in the design, defect in the warning (improper labeling) and marketing defects (insufficient instructions).

Usually, a products liability lawsuit is not easy and involves testimony from experts. Since the law of products liability varies from state-to-state, similar cases in different states might not yield the same results.

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GM is facing a potential class action lawsuit over an ignition switch defect linked to the recall of more than 1.6 million compact cars.

The lawsuit was filed in Texas federal court on Friday, alleging that General Motors knew about the dangerous defect in 2004 but failed to fix it -- putting drivers' lives at risk and reducing the resale value of their vehicles, reports Reuters.

What does this suit mean for GM?

The DOJ is investigating General Motors for allegedly failing to address dangerous safety problems for years before issuing a recall.

Federal prosecutors have been joined by members of Congress, who are beginning their own investigation and will conduct hearings on GM's culpability in allegedly waiting a decade to recall 1.6 million vehicles, reports The New York Times.

With so much federal scrutiny, this may be a rough year for GM.

General Motors is recalling more than three-quarters of a million cars because of safety issues linked to six front-seat fatalities. But GM also blamed some of the deaths in part on drivers themselves.

GM announced that the 778,562 affected cars are at risk for the ignition switching out of the "run" position, turning off the engine "and most of the car's electrical components," Reuters reports.

How do these GM cars suddenly shut off, and which GM vehicles are affected?

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Can Lead to Lawsuits

Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas that is produced by burning fuel, including coal, wood, charcoal, natural gas, and fuel oil. It can also give rise to lawsuits in certain situations.

Coined a "silent killer," carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the leading causes of accidental poisonings in our country.

Injuries that result from carbon monoxide poisoning can often be blamed on a host of parties, including manufacturers, businesses, builders, and landlords. Here's what you need to know:

Man Paralyzed in Portable-Toilet Prank Gets $5M

A man who was paralyzed in a portable-toilet tip-over prank is set to receive $5 million to settle his personal injury lawsuit.

The prank left Donald Adams III, of Pennsylvania, a quadriplegic. He sued the pranksters -- his two cousins-in-law -- along with the portable-toilet company and the toilet's installer for his injuries, according to The Associated Press.

How did the prank happen, and why was the portable-toilet manufacturer named in the suit?

Will Alleged iPhone Fire Lead to Lawsuit?

There's another alleged iPhone fire in the news. Could it lead to a lawsuit?

A middle schooler in Maine claims she suffered second-degree burns last week when her iPhone 5C caught on fire in her pants pocket, reports the Portland Press Herald.

Although the 14-year-old girl's parents haven't yet filed a lawsuit against Apple, a prior lawsuit involving an Apple product catching fire may offer some insight into what could potentially happen in this case.

Shopping Carts Injure 24K Kids Per Year: Study

Shopping cart injuries are on the rise, despite the implementation of safety standards.

A new study in the journal Clinical Pediatrics reveals that shopping cart injuries send about 24,000 children under the age of 15 to hospital emergency rooms every year. Particularly worrisome: the number of shopping cart-related head injuries has continued to increase, The Huffington Post reports.

So in light of the report, what should you do if your child gets injured by a shopping cart?

The man behind the popular Buckyballs desk toy is being sued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission over a costly recall.

In a rare twist, the toy company's founder, Craig Zucker, is being sued personally by the CPSC over a recall of Buckyballs and similar products which could cost up to $57 million, reports The Washington Post. The CPSC estimates more than 1,000 children have been hospitalized after ingesting magnetic balls sold by various companies.

Why are Buckyballs such a problem?

Fosamax Settlement Proposed: $27.7M for 1,200 Plaintiffs

Pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. Inc. has agreed to pay $27.7 million to about 1,200 plaintiffs as part of a Fosamax settlement to resolve claims that the osteoporosis drug caused bones in their jaws to deteriorate.

The proposal would settle 1,140 lawsuits of the 5,255 outstanding cases in which Merck is embroiled. What's to become of the roughly 4,100 leftover lawsuits?

DNA testing company 23andMe is being slapped with a $5 million class action suit by customers who felt they were misled by the company's advertising.

The suit came shortly after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered 23andMe to stop marketing its personalized DNA diagnostic home kit, stating that the Silicon Valley startup had failed to provide adequate evidence for the kit's advertised uses, reports The Associated Press. The FDA was particularly concerned with claims that 23andMe's genetic kits could diagnose diseases -- and so are the company's customers.

Can 23andMe customers expect compensation for allegedly being misled?