Design Defects

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Florida High Court to Decide If Party Must Object to a Fundamentally Inconsistent Verdict to Preserve Issue

The Florida Supreme Court has accepted review of a Third District case involving whether a party waives a challenge to a fundamentally inconsistent verdict by failing to object before the jury is discharged. See Coba v....more

Architects and Design Professionals Can Be Held Liable for Defects Based On Third Party Claims

A homeowners association, on behalf of its members, sued a condominium developer and various other parties for construction design defects that allegedly made their homes unsafe and uninhabitable for a significant portion of...more

Recent Recalls Aimed at Infant Products - Child Product Recalls: Hazardous High Chairs and Cribs

It is always distressing to learn that a product you have purchased has been recalled. For new parents, information about a defective infant product can be particularly alarming. According to a recent article in the...more

Massachusetts Superior Court Holds Construction Manager At-Risk Responsible for Design Errors / Holds that Spearin Doctrine Does...

The Worcester Superior Court recently issued a potentially landmark decision clarifying the risk that construction managers assume when entering into CM-At Risk contracts. ...more

California Supreme Court Holds Design Professionals Owe a Duty of Care to Future Homeowners

The California Supreme Court in Beacon Residential Community Association v. Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP (July 3, 2014), held – based on common law principles – that an architect owes a “duty of care” to future homeowners...more

The California Supreme Court Decides In Favor Of Homeowners In Disputes With California’s Architects

In the case of Beacon Residential Community Association v. Skidmore Owings and Merrill et. al. (July 3, 2014, S208173) Cal.4th, a condominium homeowners association, sued the developer of the project and the project architect...more

Architects May Be Sued Directly by Homeowners Association for Design Defects

In a unanimous decision, California’s Supreme Court has ruled that the principal architects for a condominium project may be sued directly by a condominium homeowners association for design defects. The case, decided July 3,...more

Dallas Woman Awarded $1.2 Million, Mesh Called Defectively Designed

For the first time, a Texas jury has decided the pelvic mesh made by healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson was defectively designed. The jury awarded the 64-year-old Dallas woman $1.2 million following a two-and-a half week...more

What is a Defective Product Liability Claim?

The law requires manufacturers, distributors and retailers to ensure their products meet certain safety standards. Yet dangerous and defective products — from automobiles to children’s toys — still injure thousands of...more

Illinois District Court Rejects Strict Application of the “Bare Metal” Asbestos Defense

On February 14, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, in Quirin v. Lorillard Tobacco Company, et al., rejected strict application of the “bare metal” defense, under which defendants cannot be...more

Liability for Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Expands for the First Time to Include Design Defect Claims

Product liability law in Pennsylvania has been fundamentally altered as it relates to the manufacturing and selling of prescription drugs. Manufacturers are now subject to design defect claims following a recent state Supreme...more

Court Gets in Line with Majority of Jurisdictions on Faulty Products Coverage

A recent decision from an appellate court in Pennsylvania is good news for policyholders who manufacture products, as yet another jurisdiction joins the majority view that product manufacturers may be covered for damage that...more

Weekly Law Resume - January 2014: Torts – Negligence – Sophisticated User Defense

Buckner v. Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation - Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District (December 20, 2013) - In Johnson v American Standard (2008) 43 Cal.4th 56, the California Supreme Court first recognized the...more

Are Children Safe in High Chairs? Rise in High Chair Injuries Reported in New Study

Child Injury and Defective Products - Are our children safe in high chairs? According to a recent study published in the journal of Clinical Pediatrics, each year thousands of children suffer injuries from high...more

Bayer Continues To Settle Yaz/Yasmin/Ocella Cases

To date, settlements in thousands of Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella cases have been reached and it is estimated that Bayer, the drug manufacturer, has paid out over $1 Billion to more than 6,000 injured women across the country, for...more

Florida Plaintiff Lacks Standing to Enforce Other States' Consumer Protection Laws in Polyurethane Foam Insulation Litigation

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida granted partial summary judgment for Demilec (USA) LLC in a class action arising out of injuries and damages allegedly caused by the company’s various spray...more

Pennsylvania Court Holds Defectively Designed Windows and Doors May Give Rise to an “Occurrence”

On December 3, 2013, the intermediate Pennsylvania Court of Appeals decided Indalex, Inc. v. National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, PA, and concluded that an “occurrence” under a commercial umbrella liability policy may...more

Third Circuit Requires Affidavit of Merit in Products Liability Case Against Residential Homebuilder

In a case of first impression, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed the dismissal of design defect claims against a residential homebuilder under New Jersey’s Product Liability Act when the homeowner...more

Class Action Regarding Whirlpool Washing Machines Dismissed but Possibility for Future Claims for Economic Loss for “Shoddy”...

In Arora v. Whirlpool Canada LP, 2013 ONCA 657, the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld Justice Perell’s decision to deny certification for a proposed class action alleging pure economic loss. (Justice Perell’s decision is...more

Pennsylvania Appeals Court Confirms Insurance Coverage for Product Liabilities and Distinguishes “Faulty Workmanship”

Whether a construction defect constitutes a covered “occurrence” under a commercial general liability (“CGL”) policy has been the subject of a national debate among state courts in recent years. Armed with a small minority of...more

Tougher Product Liability Provisions Following The Release Of Long-Awaited Amendments To Consumer Rights And Interests Protection...

OVERVIEW - The rise of consumerism in China over the past ten years, accompanied by huge increases in domestic consumption, has spurred greater regulatory enforcement in the area of product liability, as well as...more

Ask not for whom the bell tolls: it tolls for thee! The construction trial (Law & Order: Hard Hat files Part 9)

This is the final section of a 9 part series discussing the entire trajectory of a construction lawsuit involving claims of design errors or omissions. ...more

Arora v. Whirlpool: The Case of Smelly Washing Machines

Smelly washing machines were at the center of a recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal. In Arora v. Whirlpool Canada LP, the plaintiffs all bought Whirlpool front-loading washing machines. The early models of these...more

First California DePuy ASR Bellwether Trial Settles

After indicating willingness to create a settlement fund of over $3 billion in August to settle DePuy ASR hip claims, DePuy has settled in the first bellwether trial in a consolidated litigation in California in San...more

Product Liability Update -- October 1, 2013

In This Issue: ..Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (Finally) Enforces Agreement for Individualized Arbitration of Unfair and Deceptive Practices Claims Following United States Supreme Court Decision Reversing...more

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