Product Liability

Learning About Defective Product Personal Injury Claims

When you are injured as a result of the actions of another party, the law allows you to bring suit against that party to recover damages. In some cases, the law allows liability to be imposed on a party whether or not they are at fault. This type of legal action is known as “strict liability.” If there is sufficient evidence to bring a strict liability claim, it can...
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Dole Toxic Chemical Case Thrown Out of Court

Earlier this week, a Los Angeles court threw out a 2007 multimillion-dollar verdict in a Dole Food Company product liability case. The case involved six Nicaraguan men who claimed they are sterile from exposure to pesticides. These men alleged to have worked on a Dole banana farm back in the 1970s in Nicaragua. The U.S. stopped using the pesticide in question, DBCP (dibromochloropropane), during the 1970s. Workers claimed that...
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Toyota Widens Recall in Efforts to Contain Crisis

This New York Times article details Toyota’s growing recall problems with this new announcement of recalled hybrid models. Toyota Motor Corporation, one of the world’s premier brands with a long reputation for quality, is reeling from severe blows to its image with the well-documented recall of several models for sticking accelerator problems and this new announcement. The new recall is intended to address reports of brake problems on several...
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Toyota Gas Pedal Recall: Should You Stop Driving Your Car?

News sources and government officials alike are sending mixed messages to U.S. Toyota owners. If you own a Toyota model that is the subject of a recall for a defective gas pedal, should you stop driving your car? The answer, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is no. In a congressional hearing earlier this week, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood advised Toyota owners to stop driving their...
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Toyota’s Problems Continue with 2010 Prius Defective Brake Pedals

It looks like Toyota Motor Corporation has added to its list of woes with the 2010 Prius Hybrid. The Prius, the best-selling hybrid car in the world, is known for being environmentally friendly, offering owners better performance and lower gas mileage. However, the Prius has been the subject of recent investigations by both Japanese and US governmental agencies for its faulty brakes. The regenerative brake system is what makes...
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Toyota Recalls 4.26 Million Vehicles for ‘Very Dangerous’ Gas Pedal Defects

Toyota Motor Corp. recently announced a huge recall that affects 4.26 million cars and trucks manufactured since the 2002 model year. The recall is to modify and replace gas pedals that may stick and cause a vehicle to accelerate out of control. Toyota issued a statement that said the recall involves floor mats that can jam the accelerator pedal open and have done so at least 1000 times on...
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Toyota Floor Mats Not the Only Potential Cause of Auto Accidents

An article published in Los Angeles indicated that the floor mats that led to some car accidents resulting in deaths and injuries might not be Toyota’s only problem with some of their cars. On August 28, a 2009 Lexus ES 350 raced out of control through Southern California and slammed into another vehicle, killing the driver and his three passengers. The driver was a veteran California Highway Patrol Officer,...
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Toyota Orders Dealers to Inspect All Vehicle Floor Mats

An Associated Press article published recently said Toyota ordered all its dealers to inspect their vehicles for mismatched floor mats in relation to a fiery car accident that killed four members of a family. The deadly auto accident was believed to be caused by floor mats that snagged the gas pedal on a Lexus that caused it to accelerate into the family’s SUV. Toyota Motor Sales, USA Inc. issued...
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VIOXX® Class Action Suits Suffer Setback in California Courts

In a statement released on Pharmaceutical Online, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Victoria Chaney struck down a request to certify a class of consumers and insurers seeking reimbursement from drug manufacturer Merck over costs of VIOXX®. The ruling dashes the hopes of plaintiffs and insurance companies who sought the ability to conduct class-action suits seeking compensation for the pain medication’s tendency to increase the risk of heart attacks or...
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Watson Pharmaceuticals Propafenone Recall

According to a recent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) press release, Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has announced a voluntary recall of one lot of Propafenone HCL 225 mg tablets, an anti-arrhythmia drug. The tablets are being voluntarily recalled because some tablets may contain higher levels of the drug than is specified on the product labeling. This is a serious issue. Changes in the dosage of Propafenone may affect some patients...
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