A Look At Some of the Famous Product Liability Claims

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Product Liability | 0 comments

Product liability cases have been making the headlines over the last decade. Manufacturers need to maintain the highest standard of safety when designing products. When they are sold in the market, consumers always assume that the product had already been tested safe. According to the website of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, defective products that are sold in the market result to serious injuries.

In recent years, numerous product liability claims have been field against some of the most popular companies. In this article, we shall take a look at some of them.

1. The case of the hot coffee

In 1994, 79-year old Stella Liebeck filed a case against world renowned food chain McDonald’s. Her claim had something to do with the restaurant serving coffee at 180 to 190 degrees Fahrenheit as compare to the 140 degrees of other restaurants. The case stemmed from Liebeck suffering 3rd degree burns. She was hospitalized for eight days, underwent skin grafting and then two years of medical treatment. In the end, Liebeck received $2.7 million in punitive damages and $160,000 for medical expenses.

2. Faulty gas tank

General Motors, the leading American car manufacturer, has frequently been a target of product liability cases. In 1999, the company paid $4.9 billion in punitive damages in connection with a faulty gas tank on its 1979 Chevrolet Malibu which killed six individuals after the gas tank exploded.

3. Failure to warn

Cigarette manufacturer Philip Morris was sued by a woman who had lung cancer. She alleged that her addiction to tobacco was due to the company’s failure to inform her of the risks of smoking. In 2002, the company was ordered to pay $28 billion worth of punitive damages and $850,000 in compensatory damages. Philip Morris appealed the case and in 2011, the amount was reduced to $28 million.

These are just some examples of product liability cases that have made the headlines for their defective products.

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