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Ending Not Yet in Sight: Unparalleled Air Bag Recall Continues

One name looms largest when it comes to vehicle air bag recalls. That is Takata, the Japanese bag manufacturer that once was an industry powerhouse, making and selling air bags to passenger vehicle makers across the globe in units totaling scores of millions. Ironically, it is now scores of millions of bags that are being […]

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J&J Focused on Product Liability Settlements as Huge Trial Looms

Most of our readers likely surmise that global medical device and consumer-goods manufacturer Johnson & Johnson has deep pockets when it comes to litigation outlays. A recent number cited in a massive settlement the company has reached with thousands of plaintiffs in product liability litigation certainly provides strong evidence of the company’s brimming coffers. That […]

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Hyundai and Kia Face Engine Defect Class Action

A class action suit filed on December 14, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California alleged that Kia Motors Corp. (“Kia”) and Hyundai Motor Co. (“Hyundai”) knew and failed to warn customers about an engine defect that caused their vehicles to spontaneously combust. According to the complaint, Hyundai and […]

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Are Insulin Pumps Used by Diabetics Routinely Safe or Not?

The verbal sparring persists regarding mobile insulin pumps used by high numbers of U.S. consumers. Legions of those individuals are children. Reportedly, about 250,000 adolescents across the country use pumps manufactured by Medtronic Inc., the leading device maker. Unsurprisingly, Medtronic touts the safety of its product, given its sheer market clout and popularity stamped over […]

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Hyundai Faces Class Action Suit Over Sonata Brake Defect

On December 5, 2018, plaintiffs Steve Miller, Rebecca McCormick, Darrell R. White, Karen Marshall, and Charlene Liddle (“Plaintiffs”) filed a motion to certify a proposed class in their action against Hyundai Motor America (“Hyundai” or “HMA”), alleging the auto manufacturer sold Sonata models with defective brakes. The proposed class consists of all consumers who bought […]

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Porsche Faces Suit Regarding Defect in Engine Cooling System

On November 29, 2018, plaintiffs Santiago Padilla and Murray L. Shames (“Plaintiffs”) sued Porsche Cars North America Inc. (“Porsche”), on behalf of a proposed class of Porsche owners, alleging the automobile manufacturer knowingly used defective adhesive in its engine cooling systems, resulting in pipes falling off and engines overheating and shutting down. According to the […]

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Clear and Present Danger: Instant Soup’s Challenges for Young Kids

Admit it. Even as an adult, you’ve probably been challenged a time or two when dealing with those flimsy plastic or Styrofoam containers that brim with geyser-like hot water and steaming instant noodles. If you’re familiar with ramen, you know what we’re talking about in today’s blog post. Our proven product liability attorneys at Shepherd, […]

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Dismissal of Suit Against Bayer’s "One A Day" Gummies Reversed

On September 7, 2018, a California appellate court unanimously reversed the dismissal of a putative class action suit against Bayer Corp. (“Bayer”) regarding the “One A Day” gummy vitamins that deceptively have a recommended dosage of twice per day. Judge William W. Bedsworth wrote the opinion, which found that a reasonable consumer would not turn […]

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Ford Ordered to Pay $4.8 Million in Damages to Man Harmed in Ford Explorer Accident

On August 29, 2018, jurors in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas awarded damages of $4.8 million to Jose Leos-Ortiz (“Leos-Ortiz”), who had to have his arm amputated after his 1999 Ford Explorer (“Explorer”) rolled over. After six days of testimony and four hours of deliberation, the jury decided Leos-Ortiz’s […]

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Huge Award for Plaintiff in Monsanto Product Liability Case

If what just happened in a California courtroom is a sign of things to come, executives from the agricultural company Monsanto (acquired recently by pharmaceutical giant Bayer) are sweating proverbial bullets. Things didn’t turn out as hoped for by company principals in a case that a CNN report termed last week as “groundbreaking.” That case […]