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Product Liability Law

546 ABA Journal Product Liability Law articles.

Snapchat may be liable for speed filter used by teen before crash, Georgia Supreme Court says

Snapchat may be liable for negligently designing a speed filter used by a teenage driver who recorded speeds of more than 100 miles per hour before she crashed her Mercedes-Benz and severely injured another driver, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

Corporate defense lawyers support federal rule changes said to help prevent ‘junk’ scientific testimony

Lawyers defending companies involved in mass tort litigation on Friday supported federal rule changes they think will help prevent the introduction of “junk” scientific testimony at trials, according to coverage by Reuters.

Nelson Mullins adds 52 lawyers from midsize firm, expands product liability practice

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough is adding 52 lawyers from a midsize firm and launching four new offices.

$465M verdict against maker of opioids is tossed; top state court finds no public nuisance

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned a $465 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson, accused of creating a public nuisance through a misleading marketing campaign that promoted opioid use.

Did pandemic make jurors more skeptical of scientific evidence? Some see a change

Jurors appear more skeptical of scientific and medical testimony following the COVID-19 pandemic, according to some lawyers and experts interviewed by Law.com.

Suppliers of unwashed poppy seeds face suits over overdose deaths and injuries

Lawsuits are being filed around the country on behalf of people who brewed tea with unwashed poppy seeds in search of a home remedy for anxiety, arthritis or diarrhea.

Nearly two-thirds of female multidistrict litigation plaintiffs are dissatisfied with their lawyers, survey finds

A survey of female plaintiffs in multidistrict litigation has found that most were dissatisfied with their lawyers, most didn’t trust their lawyers to act in their best interest, and most were unhappy with lengthy litigation.

Afternoon Briefs: Hate speech mustn’t be normalized, ABA president says; Title IX protects gay and transgender students

ABA president: Hate speech legitimizes intolerance

ABA President Patricia Lee Refo said Tuesday the association is “deeply troubled” by recent hate speech directed at Jewish, LGBTQ, Asian American and Muslim…

Afternoon Briefs: McDonald’s faces Illinois privacy suit; NYPD accused of violating graffiti artists’ rights

McDonald’s sued over voice recognition software

McDonald’s is accused of violating Illinois’ biometric privacy law by using voice recognition software to recognize repeat customers at drive-thrus. The suit, filed in…

Afternoon Briefs: Lawyer, 75, is oldest American to scale Mount Everest; fake claims made of SCOTUS justice’s arrest

Retired lawyer is oldest American to climb Mount Everest

Retired Chicago lawyer Arthur Muir became the oldest American to scale Mount Everest last month. Muir, 75, tried to climb the…

Plaintiff who alleges hip implant injuries must turn over Fitbit data, federal judge rules

A plaintiff who alleges that he was injured by a defective hip implant must turn over data from his Fitbit to the defendant, a federal judge ruled Monday.

Maker of Snapchat can be sued for speed filter used by youths before fatal crash, 9th Circuit rules

A federal appeals court has ruled that Snapchat isn’t protected from liability by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act in a case alleging that three youths died in a car crash after using the app’s speed filter.

Chemerinsky: Despite SCOTUS ruling, questions of personal jurisdiction remain unsettled

Ford Motor Co. v. Montana Eighth Judicial District is important in clarifying the law of personal jurisdiction, but it also raises many questions that will confront lower state and federal courts and ultimately need Supreme Court resolution.

Kagan cites Ford’s ‘truckload of contacts’ with plaintiffs’ home states in jurisdictional SCOTUS ruling

The Ford Motor Co. can be sued for alleged defects in its vehicles in the states where the plaintiffs lived and the alleged harm happened, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday in an 8-0 opinion.

‘Cataclysmic’ decision striking down strict liability drug law puts past convictions at risk in this state

Years of convictions could be at risk following a Washington Supreme Court decision that struck down the state’s felony drug possession law.

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