Beasley Allen principal and founder Jere Beasley is calling on Johnson & Johnson to add an ovarian cancer warning to its talcum powder products like Johnson’s Baby Powder. At the most recent talc trial, held in California, plaintiffs lawyers introduced into evidence talcum powder products from other manufacturers that contain a warning that regular use in the genital area may increase risk for ovarian cancer. Beasley says other evidence shows J&J has known about this risk for decades but still refuses to warn consumers. The California jury awarded plaintiff Eva Echeverria $417 million, holding J&J liable for her ovarian cancer.
Japanese auto parts manufacturer Takata recently pleaded guilty to a criminal charge stemming from its faulty air bags. The fraud charge is accompanied by $1 billion in penalties for concealing its defective airbag inflators. Now, automakers Toyota, Subaru, Mazda and BMW have agreed to pay a combined $553.6 million to settle allegations in pending multidistrict litigation over dangerously defective Takata Corp. air bags.
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General Motors (GM) has recalled over 3 million vehicles to repair an ignition switch problem that can allow the key to unintentionally slip from its "run" position when the car hits a bump or if the keychain is too heavy. As a result, the defect can cause an engine shutdown and loss of power steering, brakes, and safety systems, including its airbags and anti-lock brakes.
The ignition switch problem has been linked to numerous crashes involving airbags that failed to deploy and the deaths of many motorists. However, depositions taken during a civil lawsuit against GM revealed the auto maker knew in 2004, a decade before it issued a recall, that its Chevrolet Cobalt had an ignition switch that could inadvertently shut off the engine while driving.
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Toyota Sudden Unintended Acceleration Update - An Oklahoma County, Okla., jury returned a verdict in favor of Jean Bookout and the family of Barbara Schwarz. Jean Bookout was seriously injured and Barbara Schwarz was killed when Mrs. Bookout's Toyota Camry surged out of control and crashed. The jury found the Toyota software defective and that Toyota acted in reckless disregard of the rights of plaintiffs. The plaintiffs proved that the software in the Toyota Camry that controlled the electronic throttle control system was poorly designed and did not conform to industry standards. The jury awarded the plaintiffs 3 millions dollars in the verdict ans Toyota has reached a confidential settlement agreement with the families for punitive damages.
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