Products Liability Law Reporter

2017 August/September

Volume 36, No. 4

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.

Consumer Products & Equipment

  • Defective table saw kicks back, injuring user’s hand
  • Talcum powder caused woman’s peritoneal mesothelioma
  • J&J liable for failing to warn of known link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer


  • Abbott failed to warn of Depakote’s true birth defect risk
  • Trial court wrongfully excluded experts in lawsuit linking IBD drugs to patient’s cancer

Food & Beverages

  • Lawsuit alleging energy drink caused fatal aortic dissection may proceed
  • Boy suffers allergic reaction from cookie containing peanuts

Medical Products & Equipment

  • Third jury finds for plaintiff in pelvic mesh litigation against Ethicon
  • Another plaintiff prevails in Ethicon pelvic mesh litigation
  • Defective hip implant led to metallosis, multiple revision surgeries


  • U.S. tobacco ads hooked Cuban immigrant on smoking
  • RJR liable for longtime smoker’s heart and lung disease
  • Jury holds RJR liable for longtime smoker’s lung cancer death