Products Liability Law Reporter

2017 October/November

Volume 36, No. 5

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.


  • October 10, 2017

Commercial Products & Equipment

  • Telescoping ladder collapses, causing worker’s fall
  • Admiralty law, not state law, governs products liability claim
  • Faulty latch on cafeteria table caused worker’s shoulder injury
  • Manufacturing defects cause ladder to collapse


  • Fraudulent misrepresentation about ‘Low T’ drug’s risk of blood clots


  • Salmonella-tainted burger sickens restaurant patron

Industrial Products & Equipment

  • Failure to warn of products’ asbestos risks
  • Lack of foot treadle guard on press brake
  • Parent company was not liable under apparent manufacturer doctrine

Medical Products & Equipment

  • Power wheelchair’s improper configuration leads to user’s pressure ulcer
  • Wheelchair bolt punctures user’s leg


  • Tow truck hood collapses on driver
  • Nissan failed to recall Infiniti with brake defect
  • Comparative negligence does not apply in crashworthiness case


  • Eleventh Circuit upholds class action settlement over defective pistols
  • Defective verdict form dooms secondhand asbestos exposure verdict