Products Liability

Recalls and the Economics of Death

Corporate recalls and other corrective measures taken by corporations typically occur under great duress.  One need not look far to see this is so.  Banking fraud recently in the news is a perfect example.  Banking fraud  is appalling but no lives were lost.  Other corporate decisions related to consumer safety have much graver consequences.  It happens…

Simple Math on Diabetes and Actos Bladder Cancer Dangers

There have been numerous Actos lawsuits filed throughout the country. Due to the large and growing number of Actos claims, those claims filed in federal court have been consolidated to the Western District of Louisiana. Due to the large number of users of the drug, the number of legal claims is likely to grow exponentially…

Actos Bladder Cancer Suits Continue to Mount

Actos bladder cancer lawsuits are beginning to mount. Many of the cases were consolidated to Federal District Court in the Western District of Louisiana at the end of December by the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. On January 4, 2012, a number of California Actos bladder cancer lawsuits were consolidated by the Los…

Smart Cars, Hapless Drivers and Highway Carnage Coming to a Road Near You!

As the New Mexico Legislature considers making texting while driving a crime through House Bill 197, the auto industry ramps up the technology to allow drivers to do just that. And much, much more! Ford in particular seems to be leading the way on mobile communications technology but others will surely follow. Ford Sync will…

Tolling of Statute of Limitations is Rare

The statute of limitations in most personal injury cases is 3 years from the date of the incident that caused the injuries. In cases against state, county and local governmental entities, the statute of limitations is only 2 years. Failure to file a suit within the statute of limitations bars a lawsuit completely. In other…

Strict Product Liability Despite Modifications by User

The New Mexico Court of Appeals addressed for the first time in under New Mexico law whether modifications to a product by the user provides a complete defense to a product liability claim. The court in Chairez v. James Hamilton Construction Co. held that it did not and that a seller could be held strictly…

Ford Settles Defective Product Lawsuit with Woman Left Paralyzed in Auto Accident

Following a $16 million verdict, Ford Motor Company settles with a woman left paralyzed in an auto accident. The settlement came as the jury considered additional punitive damages against the manufacturer for design defects in the rear seat latch on its Explorer model. The $16 million verdict came despite the fact that the cause of…

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