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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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Cigarette manufacturer RJ Reynolds has been slapped with a $23.6 billion jury verdict, with more than 99 percent of the vast sum made up by punitive damages.

Putting it mildly, juries' love affair with tobacco companies has cooled in the last few decades, but it's still surprising to see a jury want to punish RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company this much. Plaintiff's attorney Willie Gary told the Pensacola News Journal that jurors "wanted to make a difference" after hearing how RJ Reynolds and others "lied and failed to disclose information that could have saved lives."

We certainly aren't blowing smoke; here are five things to know about this huge verdict against RJ Reynolds:

General Motors is setting up a compensation fund for victims and family members of those killed or injured as a result of defective ignition switches installed in the company's vehicles.

The defective ignition switches have so far been linked to at least 13 deaths and have led to the recall of millions of GM vehicles. The attorney in charge of the fund has already been presented with the names of 165 people whose families believe were killed in accidents caused by the defective switches, Reuters reports.

Here's an overview of how the fund will work and who will be eligible for compensation:

Lawsuits against General Motors for alleged recall-related financial injuries have been consolidated and will be heard in a New York federal court.

U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman of the Southern District of New York will hear more than 80 lawsuits filed by GM customers who claim their vehicles lost value as a result of the recent ignition switch recall, Reuters reports.

What comes next for this GM recall case?

With more men seeking treatment for low testosterone, so-called low-T treatments are leading to an increasing number of lawsuits from those who claim they suffered adverse health effects.

Though many men claim that the positive effects of low-T therapy outweigh the risks, Reuters reports that a public advocacy group is petitioning the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to put a "black box warning" on the drugs -- the agency's most serious warning -- based on growing evidence that the drugs can increase the risks of heart attacks and other cardiac dangers.

Here are answers five questions you may be asking about these low-T treatment lawsuits:

Bounce houses may be incredible fun, but they can also be dangerous for your kids.

Just in the last month, two bounce-house injury and accident stories have made national news; in both incidents, an inflatable playpen being used by kids was picked up and carried away by an unexpected gust of wind.

Before you order up that bounce house for your child's next birthday, consider these five tips for parents:

A Michigan college student has filed suit against a Detroit meat-packing company claiming she developed a severe E. coli infection after eating tainted ground beef.

The suit against Wolverine Packing Co. comes after the company recalled 1.8 million pounds of ground beef for possible E. coli contamination.

What's this co-ed's legal beef?

Summer is already in full swing, and every year it presents itself with a load of very preventable injuries.

So avoid the summertime sadness (sorry Lana Del Ray), and be prepared for the hurt of these five common summer-related mishaps:

A $2.5 billion DePuy ASR settlement has been finalized for thousands of patients who were forced to undergo painful surgery to replace their metal hip implants.

DePuy, the maker of the affected implants, and its parent company J&J, will fund the settlement. More than 94 percent of plaintiffs -- about 7,200 ASR patients -- have agreed to its terms, according to the San Francisco-based law firm Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, which filed the first DePuy ASR lawsuit in 2009. DePuy recalled two types of ASR implant devices in 2010.

Will this settlement announcement end DePuy's ASR worries?

A bounce house was blown more than 50 feet in the air Monday, injuring three children who fell from the house as it was carried aloft.

The children were dumped from the airborne bounce house in South Glens Falls, New York, where a gust of wind freed it from its moorings. According to the Glens Falls Post-Star, two of the kids were at least 15 feet off the ground when thrown from the bounce house, and both suffered serious injuries.

Could this bounce house incident have been prevented, and who could potentially be liable for the children's injuries?

Plaintiffs who sued after a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak have reached a settlement with the Massachusetts pharmacy blamed for the infections.

The New England Compounding Center is accused of distributing steroid injections tainted with deadly fungal meningitis, which was linked to at least 64 deaths in 20 states, reports the Detroit Free Press. NECC has now agreed to set aside $100 million for victims of tainted steroid shots.

What will this settlement mean for fungal meningitis victims and their families?