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Products Liability Archives

Kraft recalls cheese slices over potential for consumer injury


Nearly everything Minnesotans buy is wrapped in some sort of packaging. This packaging may ensure that the product remains fresh, protected, or appealing to the consumer's eye. These boxes, cans, and plastic wrap have become a part of our everyday lives, and we therefore don't find ourselves thinking about the dangers they can pose. However, a recent recall of a popular food product may have us all questioning the safety of the packaging in which our products arrive.

Inadequate safety warnings and insufficient instructions


We have all seen them. Instruction manuals shoved into product packaging and warning stickers placed on boxes and products themselves. We see these items so often that we may not pay them much attention. Yet, in the event that you are hurt by a product, the contents of its instruction manual and warnings could play an important role in your quest for recovery of compensation.

Kroger recalls cilantro after salmonella discovered


Most of us shop at grocery stores without much thought about whether or not the food is safe for consumption. Fortunately, most of the time food is safe to eat, as there are a lot of agencies and regulations at work behind the scenes to ensure clean, healthy and safe food products. Yet, every now and then harmful food gets through these lines of defenses and pose a significant threat of harm to consumers, as can be seen from a recent incident.

What defenses are used in a products liability case?


This blog devotes a significant amount of space to the subjects of defective products, manufacturing and design defects, and product recalls and how they can all be extremely harmful to consumers. If you have been hurt by a defective product, then you likely have damages that you would like to recoup. Though we have talked about some strategies related to how to recover losses, it may be just as beneficial to discuss possible products liability defenses. After all, knowing what you may be up against is one of the best ways to know how to attack.

What is a safety-related defect when it comes to cars?


Consumers expect automobiles to be safe. All safety features should work properly, and there should be no defects that put motorists at an unreasonable risk of being in an accident. Unfortunately though, car manufacturers still put vehicles on the market that are dangerous. For this reason, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has set rules regarding when such vehicles must be recalled.

Airbag manufacturer expands recall to more than 33 million cars


Readers of this blog may remember a recent controversy when airbag manufacturer Takata refused to expand its list of recalled vehicles, causing it to face fines of $14,000 per day. Takata spokespeople said the company believed the defective airbags, which can explode and send pieces of metal flying at drivers and passengers, were only affected by cars in high humidity. However, investigators may have pinpointed that exposure to moisture over time can cause the airbag's chemical propellant to be damaged.

Is settling a product liability lawsuit right for me?


Whether it's better to settle a product liability lawsuit or go to trial depends on the circumstances surrounding your case and what you hope to get out of your claim. Therefore, it is imperative that you carefully consider every aspect of your unique situation to determine if the offered settlement is adequate. We will briefly discuss some of the elements that should be considered when contemplating a settlement, but this post should not be considered legal advice as each instance should be assessed on an individual basis.

Recently recalled consumer products

Consumer products are recalled nearly every week. This means that consumers are often put at risk of harm, many times without even knowing it. This is wholly unacceptable. The first way for Minnesotans to protect themselves from these dangerous products is to be aware of which products are being recalled and why.

Dangerous food products and Listeria


This blog often discusses when food products are recalled and how they can pose a hazard to unsuspecting consumers. What we do not do often, however, is discuss some of the harms that can befall products liability victims. Therefore, this week we wanted to devote our blog post to a medical condition that may be weighing on the minds of many consumers: Listeria.

We stand by those hurt by unsafe products


Our last post on the blog discussed strict liability and how it shapes your products liability claim. This area of the law is very specialized and can be difficult to understand. Sure, strict liability itself may only have the three elements discussed last week, but each of those elements in and of themselves can bring up a whole host of legal issues.