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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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While jury after jury has been awarding plaintiffs hundreds of millions of dollars in lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson for the cancer-causing risks in their talc and baby powder products, the company's attorneys have consistently defended "the safety of Johnson's Baby Powder" and asserted they believe the verdicts will be overturned on appeal. This week, J&J got one of those verdicts reversed, but not on the basis of the safety of its products.

The Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District overturned a $72 million verdict in favor of the family of an Alabama woman who died from ovarian cancer, saying the case should never have been tried in St. Louis.

It's not too surprising when Victoria's Secret racy lingerie sparks some romantic flames. A little more surprising is when a less revealing hoodie from the company's PINK apparel line literally catches fire.

Samantha Burke claims that a hoodie, t-shirt, and bra she purchased from Victoria's Secret "burst into flame while she cooked, resulting in sever and irreparable injury to her body." She is now suing the company, alleging that she "will bear the scars on her body, and in her memory, forever."

As more and more people fall victim to opioid addiction, more and more lawsuits are being filed. States are suing drug companies, addicts are suing doctors, and the federal government is starting its own investigation into the crisis.

But who's liable for opioid addiction? The addict? Doctors? Drug manufacturers? All three? Here's what you need to know about opioid lawsuits and addiction liability.

At this point, there have been so many lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson over its talc and baby powder products, and judgments against the company based on cancer caused by those products, it's becoming hard to keep track of them all. Luckily, Bloomberg did the work for us: J&J is facing "5,500 claims in U.S. courts, [and] has lost four previous jury verdicts in St. Louis for a total of $300 million."

And you can add another verdict to that list, this one coming in California. A Los Angeles jury awarded Eva Echeverria $417 million after finding J&J liable for not warning about the cancer risk in its baby powder products.

Earlier this year, the parents of a teen that suffered a severe head injury sued the makers of a novelty samurai sword. Now, the parents of the injured teen have filed a second lawsuit, this time against Amazon, and, curiously, one of the three teens present at the accident.

In addition to the many claims against Amazon, a negligence claim was included against the teen who was directing and encouraging the two other teens to be playing with the sword in order to film them. The claim against Amazon is rather straightforward. In short, it's a product liability claim, similar to the one made against the manufacturer, and these claims hold each entity or person who had a part in the sale and distribution of a product liable when injuries result due to the product's faulty design or some defect.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, opioid overdoses claim 91 lives per day in America, and the number of overdose deaths associated with opioids has quadrupled since 1999. Ohio has been hit especially hard. According to a new lawsuit filed by the state's attorney general against five drug manufacturers, opioid-related drug overdoses in Ohio have skyrocketed 642 percent in the last 15 years.

Ohio's is the latest in a long line of local litigation seeking to hold opioid manufacturers responsible for a nationwide crisis.

A Florida woman was awarded $100,000 by a jury in her case against Starbucks stemming from a 2014 hot coffee spill injury. Joanne Mogavero, a 43-year-old mother of three, filed suit after the lid to her coffee popped off while it was being handed to her from the Starbucks drive-thru window. The 20-oz.190 degree coffee spilled in her lap, resulting in first and second degree burns.

Of the $100,000 jury verdict, a little over $15,000 was awarded for the actual medical expenses, while the remainder was awarded for pain and suffering. Starbucks has stated that the company is considering appealing the verdict.

A current Colorado civil wrongful death case involving extra potent marijuana candy has been attracting national attention since 2014. The incident involved a Colorado man who had eaten a physically small amount of very potent marijuana candy, started hallucinating, then shot and killed his wife. In the criminal case, the defense attempted to claim temporary insanity caused by the pot candy. However, the defendant was sentenced to 30 years for the murder.

In the civil wrongful death case, it is alleged that the marijuana candy played a part in the murder. The children have made legal claims against the pot candy maker, and have reportedly settled claims with the store where it was purchased. However, for the candy maker, things have taken a turn for the worse, as their insurance carrier has filed in federal court seeking to be relieved from providing coverage.

Johnson & Johnson has been inundated with lawsuits concerning its baby powder and the link to ovarian cancer. One Alabama firm said it had 867 cases pending against the health products giant, and over 1,400 plaintiffs had collectively filed 20 lawsuits in St. Louis alone.

It was a St. Louis jury that awarded Lois Slemp over $110 million after connecting her use of Johnson & Johnson's Shower-to-Shower and Baby Powder products to her ovarian cancer. The verdict adds to the $197 million the company was hit with in three verdicts last year.

While children and adults can both find bounce houses to be tremendous amounts of fun, like trampolines, there’s a serious risk of injury when things go wrong. A recent injury lawsuit filed in New York State by the parents of two children injured in a bounce house is a reminder of how often these injuries occur.

The parents of the two injured kids are bringing claims against the owner of the bounce house, the toy store that sold it, and the manufacturer. Like many other bounce house injuries, the structure was set up properly, including the use of straps that secure the structure to ground with spikes. However, when a strong gust of wind came, the structure was tossed about, and flung over 10 feet into the air, causing the kids to suffer injuries when they fell to the ground.