Top Product Liability Cases in the U.S.
In 2014 a total of 7% of all personal injury cases were product liability lawsuits. It’s important that East Texans are aware that these types of situations are possible and have happened before to innocent victims. We have compiled a list for you of some of the top product liability cases in the United States.
Top Cases In The U.S.
- Phillip Morris: Tobacco Products A woman who had lung cancer back in 2002 filed a suit against the company claiming they caused her sickness. She won the $28 Billion dollar case because of the companies failure to warn customers on their products. The company also had to pay $850,000 in damages to compensate the victim. However, nine years after the case the company appealed and the amount was reduced to $28 million. The company has since rebranded itself as Altria Group, Inc.
- General Motors Co.: Automobile Parts We all remember back in 2008 when GM faced liability claims that their Dex-Cool coolant caused leaks and damages in peoples cars. This resulted in individuals who suffered from the damages to receive $400 to $800 dollars from the company. The class action suit was filed for 35 million GM customers for a total of $20 billion.
- Dow Corning: Silicone Breast Implants Their settlement resulted in $2 billion dollars in a class action suit from customers who claimed their silicone breast implants were rupturing. These injuries were serious and they caused injury, bodily damage, scleroderma, and death. The class action suit was a total of $4.25 billion for the company.
- Owens Corning: Asbestos Building Materials Asbestos building materials caused mesothelioma cancer and death to 176,000 individuals involved in this case. The case resulted in an agreement for the company to pay $1.2 billion to settle the product liability lawsuits.
The three main defective products to look out for are:
- Defectively manufactured products
- Defectively designed products
- Inadequate warnings or instructions
Situations like these are extreme but it’s good to make sure you are aware of the possibilities associated with buying products in the United States. At Martin Walker Law, we have the skills to make sure justice is served in these types of situations. Give us a call today to get the help you deserve. (903) 526-1600.