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Category Archives: Products Liability

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Does Tennessee Law Apply to Product Liability Claims Filed Against an Out-of-State Company?

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

Product liability lawsuits often involve companies that do business throughout the country. For example, you may live in Tennessee, but the defendant that sold you the defective product may be based in another state. But which state’s laws apply in the event of a product liability lawsuit? The answer to this question can depend… Read More »

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Ikea Pays Record $46 Million Settlement to Family of Toddler Killed by Defective Dresser

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

When a consumer product is found to be dangerous or defective, the manufacturer has a legal and ethical responsibility to issue a recall. But a recall does little to protect those who never received notice, or persons who have already been injured due to some defect in the design or manufacture of the product…. Read More »

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Calif. Judge Refuses to Order New Trial in Roundup Litigation

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

Earlier this year, a federal jury sitting in San Francisco federal court found Monsanto liable in a product liability alleging its popular weed-killer Roundup was a substantial factor in a California resident developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer. The jury awarded the plaintiff $5 million in compensatory damages, plus another $75 in punitive… Read More »

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Lawsuit Alleges Defective Hydraulic Lift Caused Electrical Worker’s Death

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

Product liability claims cover a wide range of cases involving dangerous and defective products. And it is important to understand Tennessee product liability laws do not just apply to consumer items sold on store shelves. It also applies to potentially lethal products used by individuals as part of their normal everyday jobs. For example,… Read More »

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3M Continues to Face Lawsuits Over Defective Military Earplugs

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

It is bad enough when consumers are injured by a defective consumer product. But it is exponentially worse when members of our armed forces–the very people we entrust to protect our life and liberty–suffer serious, long-term health problems as the result of a negligently designed or manufactured product. One such example of this is… Read More »

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Federal Court Revives Lawsuit Against Amazon Over Defective Hoverboards

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

Self-balancing scooters–sometimes referred to as “hoverboards”–have led to a number of consumer injuries in recent years, primarily due to overheating in the devices’ lithium-ion batteries. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there have been at least “250 hoverboard incidents related to fires or overheating since 2015,” including at least one fatality and… Read More »

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Report: Johnson & Johnson Will Pay $1 Billion to Settle Pinnacle Hip Replacement Claims

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

In 2010, Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy subsidiary was forced to recall its metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip replacement implants as evidence mounted the devices were defective. Once touted by Johnson & Johnson as the “Rolls Royce” of hip implants, in reality the Pinnacle implants yielded thousands of patient complaints of swelling, loosening, misalignment, bone fractures, and… Read More »

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Calif. Jury Orders Bayer, Monsanto to Pay $2.055 Billion to Couple Who Developed Cancer After Using Pesticide

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

When it comes to product liability cases, manufacturers will often cite federal regulatory decisions that purportedly prove a given product is “safe” for consumers. Yet when a jury is presented with all of the facts surrounding that same product, it often reaches a different conclusion. And in some cases, that means a substantial damage… Read More »

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Mass. Court Rejects Risperdal Lawsuit

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

Thousands of product liability lawsuits are presently pending throughout the country against pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson over the adverse effects of its antipsychotic drug Risperdal. Most of the plaintiffs are young men who developed gynecomastia, which is the sudden growth of breast tissue, after taking Risperdal. Risperdal significantly increases production of the prolactin–the… Read More »

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Federal Audit Criticizes NHTSA’s Handling of Takata Airbag Recall

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

It seems like every week there’s a new headline about some dangerous or defective product subject to a government recall. Many people simply take it on faith that the recall will fix whatever problem exists. But the reality is that the recall process itself is far from perfect–and when we’re talking about products like… Read More »

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