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Products Liability Law
Scott Duncan, individually and on behalf of the Estate of Claire Duncan v. Ford Motor Company

Scott Duncan sued Ford Motor Company on a products liability theory for the wrongful death of his wife Claire, who was killed in a rollover accident in May 2001 after she swerved to avoid a merging Winnebago on I-95. The couple's 2000 Ford Explorer, which had about 13,000 miles on it, rollover over five time, landing right-side up. Claire's skull was crushed. Scott claimed that the Explorer i... More...   $10000000 (03-22-2005 - FL)

Estate and Family of James Mikolajczyk v. Ford Motor Company

The Estate and Family of James Mikolajczyk, age 46, sued Ford Motor Company on a wrongful death products liability theory claiming that the Ford Escort that he was driving at the time of the accident that caused his death was defective and unreasonably dangerous because the seat was so weak that it would fail in a reasonably anticipated rear-end impact. They claimed that happened when mr. Mikol... More...   $27000000 (03-18-2005 - IL)

Family and Estate of Timothy Shawn Bostic v. Georgia-Pacific Corp.

The Family and Estate of Timothy Shawn Bostic sued Georgia-Pacific Corp. on a products liability theory claiming that Mr. Bostic developed asbestosis as a result of exposure to asbestos containing joint compound manufactured by sold by Georgia-Pacific. The plaintiffs claimed that Georgia-Pacific failed to warn that its joint compound product contained asbestos and was unreasonably dangerous. In... More...   $9300000 (03-15-2005 - TX)

Eugenio Paul Feliciano v. Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing Inc.

Eugenio Paul Feliciano sued Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing Inc. on a products liability theory for the injuries and damages that he sustained as a direct result of having one of his legal amputated below the knee following an accident in which a tire on his forklift split and the vehicle toppled over, fell on him and crushed his leg in January 2003. Feliciano claimed that the Toyota ... More...   $1800000 (03-03-2005 - CA)

Truck Insurance Exchange v. Magnetek, Inc.

On November 9, 1998, a fire destroyed Sammy's Restaurant in Lakewood, Colorado. In this subrogation case, plaintiff Truck Insurance Exchange claims that a flourescent light ballast manufactured by defendant MagneTek, Incorporated, caused the fire, and seeks to recover over $1.5 million paid out to Sammy's. The district court's jurisdiction was based on diversity between Truck, a California corp... More...   $0 (02-24-2005 - CO)

Oklahoma Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Company and David and Brenda McGuire vs. The Maytag Corporation

Products liability action. Fire completely destroyed the home and contents of David and Brenda McGuire in December of 1999. They were underinsured and jointly brought this action/subrogation action with their homeowners insurance carrier against Maytag arguing that a defective electric dryer caused the fire. Maytag vigorously defended against the liability claim.... More...   $174000 (02-17-2005 - OK)

In re: Firearms Case

A number of California cities and counties filed an action on behalf of the general public against manufacturers, distributors and retailers of handguns and their trade associations, asserting that their conduct of distributing firearms in a manner that enables criminals to acquire the firearms constituted a public nuisance and a pattern of unlawful, unfair and deceptive business acts and... More...   $0 (02-11-2005 - CA)

Dee Norris v. Baxter Healthcare Corporation

This case involves Plaintiff's claims of systemic disease allegedly caused by a silicone gel breast implant Plaintiff received in 1974. The implant at issue was manufactured by Defendant's predecessor. In 1970, Plaintiff underwent bilateral breast augmentation surgery and received her first set of silicone gel and saline filled breast implants manufactured by a division of Dow Corning Corporati... More...   $0 (02-08-2005 - CO)

Sigmund Lefkovitz, et al. v. Nathan Wagner, et al.

Before us is a multifaceted challenge to the confirmation of an arbitration award. We omit many details in the interest of simplicity. In 1990, six individuals who had been working together for many years in the real estate business created a partnership that they called "Jarnis." Each took an equal share in the partnership, although each one-sixth share was divided in turn among the act... More...   $7000000 (01-29-2005 - IL)

Marcos Rangel v. Robert Lapin, et al.

Appellant Marcos Rangel sued appellees Robert Lapin, the law firm of Carrigan, Lapin, Landa & Wilde, L.L.P., and its related entity Carrigan, Lapin & Landa, L.L.P. (collectively the "Lapin firm"). The lawsuit alleges: (1) legal malpractice (negligence), (2) breach of contract, (3) breach of warranty, (4) gross negligence, (5) violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices-Consume... More...   $0 (01-14-2005 - TX)

Lorraine Gordon v. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals

Lorraine Gordon sued Wyeth Pharmaceuticals on a products liability theory claiming that Pondimin, the fenfluramine half of diet drug combo fen-phen, which was pulled from the market in 1997 amid evidence it caused heart-valve damage caused damage to her heart valves.... More...   $2500000 (01-05-2005 - PA)

Indemnity Insurance Company of North America, et al. v. American Aviation, Inc.

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals certified the following five questions of Florida law that are determinative of a cause pending in that court and for which there appears to be no controlling precedent:


2. WHETHER THE... More...   $1 (12-23-2004 - FL)

John Budler and Linda Budler, Copersonal Representatives of the Estate of Andrew Budler, deceased, appellees, v. General Motors Corporation, appellant.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has certified the following question to this court: "Is the ten-year statute of repose for products liability actions in Neb. Rev. Stat. § 25-224(2) (1995), tolled by a person's status as a minor, pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. § 25-213?" We accepted the certification request.


In accordance with Neb. Rev. Stat. § 24-221 (Re... More...   $0 (12-17-2004 - NE)

Barry Muth and Dee Ann Muth v. Ford Motor Company

Products liability claims by Barry and Dee Ann Muth against Ford Motor Company relating to spinal cord injuries sustained by Mr. Muth in an accident in Saudi Arabia in which the 1996 Ford Crown Victoria in which the vehicle rollover. The claimed that the roof of the vehicle was defective and unreasonably dangerous because it was not sufficiently strong to withstand a reasonably foreseeable rol... More...   $8700000 (12-09-2004 - TX)

Fred D. Bitler, et al. v. A.O. Smith Corporation, et al.

Danger lurked in Fred and Peggy Bitler's basement, liability for which is the occasion for the present appeal. Mr. Bitler was severely burned when a gas explosion occurred in the basement of his home. On filing a products liability suit against, inter alia, White-Rodgers as manufacturer of the gas control installed in his basement water heater, a jury returned a verdict finding negligence and ... More...   $0 (12-06-2004 - CO)

Jonathan Shaffer v. American Lifts

The family and estate of Jonathan Shaffer, age 19, sued American Lifts on a products liability theory for his wrongful death. Mr. Shaffer had been working at Premodor, Inc. for just three weeks. Debris from Premodor's door manufacturing process had accumulated in a five-foot-deep pit. Mr. Shaffer shut down a hydraulic scissor lift manufactured by American Lifts that was used to lower doors i... More...   $2500000 (11-19-2004 - AL)

Leesa Bunch, a minor, etc. v. Hoffinger Industries, Inc., et al.

One hot summer day, 11-year-old Leesa Bunch (Bunch) dove into a four-foot deep, aboveground swimming pool and changed her life forever. Rendered quadriplegic by the dive, Bunch eventually filed suit against, among others, defendants Hoffinger Industries, Inc., doing business as Doughboy Recreational Company, and Golden West Marketing, Inc. (collectively Hoffinger). Hoffinger manufacture... More...   $16112306 (11-10-2004 - CA)

John Doe v. Wyeth Laboratories

Products liability claim by 51-year-old plaintiff against Wyeth Laboratories for heart valve damage sustained by the plaintiff as a result of taking the "fen phen" diet drug Pondimin. The plaintiff claimed that the recalled drug was defective and unreasonably dangerous as manufactured and sold by Wyeth.... More...   $115000 (11-03-2004 - CA)

Robert Treggett v. Garlock Sealing Technologies and Kelly-Moore Paint

Robert Treggett, age 62, a former nuclear submarine machinist sought compensation based on a products liability theory from Garlock Sealing Technologies and Kelly-Moore Paint for the lung cancer that he developed as a result of exposure to asbestos on a Navy submarine and while re-modeling his house. ... More...   $20500000 (10-27-2004 - CA)

Ida Dupree v. Wyeth Laboratories

Ida Dupreee sued Wyeth Laboratories on a products liability theory for the injuries and damages that she claimed that she sustained as a result of taking Wyeth's "fen-phen" diet drug Pondimin. Wyeth in 1997 recalled Pondimin and a second drug used in the fen-phen diet compound after the appetite suppressants were linked to heart damage. Plaintiff alleged heart valve injury.... More...   $41000 (10-23-2004 - TX)

Ron Arnitz v. Philip Morris USA

Products liability claim by Ron Arnitz against Philip Morris USA for the lung cancer developed by plaintiff as a result of smoking cigarettes manufactured and sold by the defendant was which the plaintiff claimed were defective and unreasonably dangerous. The plaintiff claimed that method used to cure the tobacco, with propane, made the carcinogen found in the cigarettes 10 times more potent. H... More...   $240000 (10-22-2004 - FL)

Jeri McMurdie, et al. v. Wyeth Laboratories

Products liability claims by Jeri McMurdie and three other women claimed that Wyeth Laboratories manufactured and sold fen-phen, a weight loss medicine, which was defective and unreasonably dangerous and that as a direct result of their use of Pondimin, they suffered heart valve damage. The plaintiffs claimed at least $2.1 million in compensatory damages.... More...   $1 (10-07-2004 - PA)

Kelly Jo Davis and Kristy Lynn Davis and the Estate of Sandra M. Davis v. Toshiba Machine Co., America

Products liability for injuries sustained by Sandra M. Davis when her right hand and arm became caught between the rollers of a printing press during her employment at R.R. Donnelley and Sons Inc., Dwight, on March 11, 1996. Ms. Davis was killed in an automobile accident on September 22, 2001 and the case was prosecuted by her children and estate. The plaintiffs claimed that the machine was de... More...   $1397761 (09-21-2004 - IL)

Janusz Dziewiecki v. Wieslaw Bakula, et al.

Janusz Dziewiecki was seriously injured in September 1997 as the result of a swimming pool accident. Alleging various theories of liability, Dziewiecki sued his hosts, Wieslaw and Elizabeth Bakula; the installer and supplier of the pool, Grobels, Inc. (Grobels); and the manufacturer of the pool kit, Fox Pools, Inc. (Fox). In respect of Grobels and Fox, Dziewiecki asserted a product liability cl... More...   $0 (09-04-2004 - NJ)

Estate of Raymundo Barrera v. Titan Tire Corporation

Products liability wrongful death claimed by the family of Raymundo Barrera, age 33, who died after the tractor tire he was airing up explosed. The plaintiffs claimed that the fire was defective and unreasonably dangerous because it failed to have warnings written in Spanish on it explaining how to held the tire safely even though Titan Tire Corporation knew or should have known that the tire ... More...   $0 (09-02-2004 - TX)

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