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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.

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.

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.

Hitachi Automotive and Mitsubishi Agree to $23 Million Settlement in Multi-District Price-Fixing Litigation

Hitachi Automotive Systems Ltd. ("Hitachi") and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation ("Mitsubishi") have agreed to pay a combined sum of more than $23 million to settle claims filed in Michigan federal court alleging that they participated in an extensive, global price-fixing conspiracy involving ignition coils, alternators, and starters.

J&J reeling in wake of massive product liability damage award

It took a jury eight hours to determine that damages of $550 million would fairly compensate 22 women plaintiffs for cancer-linked injuries they say they suffered from long-term use of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder.

Cruise Control Malfunction Causes a Recall of Over 4.8 Million Vehicles

On May 25, 2018, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles ("FCA") recalled 4.8 million vehicles due to a possible cruise control malfunction, including various models of Chryslers, Dodges, Jeeps, and Ram pickups. The recall is to resolve the "unlikely" possibility that the cruise control system fails to turn off upon driver command.

Volkswagen Agrees to $8.5 Million Settlement to End False Advertising Suit

On June 6, 2018, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter ("Hunter") announced an $8.5 million settlement has been reached with Volkswagen AG, Volkswagen Group of America Inc., Audi AG, and Audi of America LLC ("Volkswagen"). The payment will end the lawsuit Oklahoma brought against Volkswagen after an investigation revealed the company purposely installed deceptive software to its diesel vehicles in order to allow them to score better on emissions tests.