If you're of a certain vintage (let's say that you remember well the initial moon landing), you might just be enthralled every time you catch a rerun of an old television show focused on courtroom dramas.
Have you ever marveled at the seemingly obvious warning labels that adorn some of the common household products you use? While such labels may appear to state the obvious, they exist largely to protect the product's maker from liability. In cases where a company fails to take action to warn individuals who use a product of any possible harm or danger that may arise from its use, a company may be held liable for any resulting harm, injuries or deaths.
The country is in the midst of what many contend is the most unexpected and uproarious Republican presidential nomination showdown in U.S. history. The man at the center of all the controversy and fanfare is none other than television reality star and New York City real estate mogul Donald Trump. While Trump's presidential aspirations were initially laughed off by the majority of politicians and pundits, now the clear front-runner in the Republican presidential nominee race, it appears as though Trump may have the last laugh.
A 52-year-old South Carolina man became the most-recent victim to die after the Takata airbag in his 2006 Ford Ranger pickup truck exploded and a piece of metal shrapnel "pierced his neck." The man's death occurred in December of last year and is the ninth such death to occur in the U.S. that is being linked to the dangerous and defective airbags.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.