Products Liability Law Reporter | The American Association For Justice

Products Liability Law Reporter

2020 June/July

Volume 39, 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 9, 2020

Consumer Products & Equipment

  • Defective design of vaping mod, battery


  • Federal food and drug law does not preempt patient’s state law failure to warn claims against Xeljanz manufacturer

Farm Products & Equipment

  • Failure to warn of damage from drift-prone dicamba herbicides
  • Negligent manufacture of cattle feed

Household Products & Equipment

  • Dismissal proper absent sufficient facts showing plausible claim against defendant seller
  • Defective design of IKEA dresser

Industrial Products & Equipment

  • Boiler manufacturer may be liable to family of former inspector exposed to its asbestos-containing products
  • Plaintiffs were not entitled to assert substantial contributing factor argument to jury
  • Failure to warn of workplace asbestos exposure
  • Failure to warn maintenance mechanic of asbestos hazards

Medical Products & Equipment

  • Manufacturer of medical imaging machine may be liable for patient’s crush injuries


  • Fraud by concealment
  • Appellate court reverses trial court order denying additur for zero damages noneconomic damages award
  • Jury award affirmed despite plaintiff’s failure to present evidence of smoker’s individualized reliance on tobacco company statements


  • Plaintiff’s engineer was qualified expert in air bag, seat belt defect case
  • Suit alleging liability for defective manufacturing of Tesla door-opening component may proceed
  • Negligent design, manufacture of aircraft engine
  • District court grants Tesla’s motion to arbitrate plaintiff’s defective design suit