Products Liability Law Reporter

2017 June/July

Volume 36, No. 3

The Products Liability Law Reporter features verdicts, settlements, and court decisions in the field of products liability. It is published six times annually. Members also receive a monthly e-newsletter containing news stories, additional case reports, reports of government regulatory actions and product recalls, and links to recent articles published in the media and scholarly journals.


  • June 13, 2017

Commercial Products & Equipment

  • SPF insulation caused home’s property value to drop
  • Metal rod penetrates cafeteria stool, piercing man’s urethra


  • Jury holds Paxil maker accountable for inadequate warnings leading to lawyer’s suicide
  • Failure to warn of known drug interaction

Industrial Products & Equipment

  • CertainTeed concealed asbestos hazards, leading to pipefitter’s mesothelioma

Medical Products & Equipment

  • Oxygen equipment supplier deemed camper setup safe before fatal fire
  • Learned intermediary doctrine did not relieve da Vinci manufacturer of duty to warn hospital
  • Sperm bank failed to warn of donor’s true health history

Recreational Products & Equipment

  • Defective roller skate leads to user’s fall


  • Federal law does not preempt Engle-progeny tobacco claims
  • RJR accountable for WWII vet’s smoking-induced heart disease, COPD


  • Jury finds Harley circuit breaker defect caused crash
  • Defective aircraft component, lack of adequate instructions led to engine failure, deadly crash
  • Plaintiff in Crown Vic fire case was not entitled to post-sale duty to warn instruction