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Popular hoverboards have defects, spur products liability suits

Consumers in Connecticut and nationwide have been purchasing a lot of hoverboards over the holiday shopping season. The product is a scooter that runs on batteries and can be used by children generally in the same manner as skateboards. Unfortunately, the news is emerging of a defect in many of these products that causes them to self-combust and start on fire. Instead of the expected gleeful enjoyment of the hoverboards over the holidays and afterwards, there may be a flood of products liability and class action lawsuits seeking injunctive action and damages against the manufacturers of the reportedly defective products.

High School Concussion Victims To Seek Class-Action Status

The continuing focus and research pertaining to the risks and long-term effects of brain injuries in professional athletes, also extends to sports involving elementary and high school students in Connecticut and elsewhere in the country. Many cases delve into the fact that current protective gear for some sports, such as football, isn't enough. Additionally, adequate warning labels aren't always contained on helmets, lending to several product liability cases.

The Dangers Associated With Lithium Batteries

It's nearly Christmas and among the most-popular toys on the lists of kids this year is the battery-operated skateboard known as a hoverboard. Like many of today's battery-operated high-tech gadgets, hoverboards use lithium batteries which last longer and pack a more powerful charge than normal batteries.

How Does A Class Action Lawsuit Work?

Imagine that you have just been injured by a product you own. It isn't long after suffering the injury that you learn others have also suffered injuries. Apparently the product has a history of causing injuries but the manufacturer has done little to remedy the issue.

Class-action lawsuit claims automakers knew about deadly defect

Aside from a home, for most people, a motor vehicle is the largest purchase they will ever make. Consumers who purchase a motor vehicle have the right to expect that a vehicle and all of its components have undergone and passed extensive safety tests and inspections. Despite this reasonable expectation which is fortified and enforced by consumer protection laws, in recent years, the number of recalls involving dangerous and defective motor vehicle parts has skyrocketed.

SCOTUS to Decide on Use of Statistics in Determining Class Action Liability and Damages

The landscape of class action litigation in the United States has been shaped by evolving judicial interpretations of class certification requirements, and the Supreme Court of the United States ("SCOTUS") is once again primed to interpret these requirements. SCOTUS has granted certiorari in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, No. 14-1146, in order to address the use of representative samples - also referred to as the "trial by formula" method - in calculating liability and damages with respect to an entire class, and whether a class may include members who were not actually injured by the controversy at issue in a litigation.

Teva's Cephalon to Pay More Than $1 Billion in Pay-for-Delay Settlement

Cephalon, Inc. ("Cephalon") has agreed to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC"), pursuant to which it will pay $1.2 billion to reimburse purchasers of the narcolepsy drug, Provigil. In the suit, the FTC alleged that Cephalon paid generic drug companies "to hold off on launching their own version" of Provigil.1 This settlement comes after the Supreme Court's decision in FTC v. Actavis (133 S. Ct. 2223 (2013)), in which the Court held that pay-for-delay can result in violations of federal antitrust laws. Even more recently, the California Supreme Court determined that pay-for-delay cases can potentially violate state antitrust laws in In re. Cipro Cases I & II (2015 Cal. LEXIS 2486).

Jury Finds in Favor of Family in Risperdal Lawsuit

Drug makers are required to list potential side effects on labels and take the necessary and reasonable steps to ensure that prescribing doctors are aware of any risks to patients. Unfortunately, a mistake at any point, whether in the testing, packaging or taking a drug to market, can have a negative impact on consumers, who may then have to sue the drug company for product liability.

Complaint filed against Takata, Honda over defective airbags

Honda Motor Co. and Takata Corp. are the targets of a recently filed lawsuit alleging the manufacturers prioritized profits over customer safety. The suit, which seeks class-action status, claims that Takata built cheap airbags to cut costs and that Honda bought the airbags to cut manufacturing expenses. Consequently, the airbags are "killing and maiming drivers and passengers involved in otherwise minor and survivable accidents."

Some things parents should know about product liability

People generally assume that products available to consumers are reasonably safe when used in the proper manner. However, the reality is that each year many products have to be recalled because they pose an unreasonable risk of injury or death, even if the products were initially approved by government regulators.