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TOP STORY—MOTOR VEHICLES—Utah App.: New trial grant upheld in Hyundai car fire case

November 29, 2021 | By Robert B. Barnett Jr., J.D.

The vehicle owners failed to disclose prior to trial a key portion of their experts’ opinions on the cause of the fire. The Utah Court of Appeals has affirmed a trial court’s grant of a motion for a new trial in a products liability case involving a ...

TOP STORY—MOTOR VEHICLES—Utah App.: New trial grant upheld in Hyundai car fire case

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TOP STORY—DAMAGES—Fla.Sup.Ct.: Florida high court declines reinstatement of $5M punitive damages award against R.J. Reynolds based on Florida’s pre-1999 punitive damages law

November 19, 2021 | By Nicholas Kaster, J.D.

In reaching its conclusion, the state supreme court disapproved the three certified conflict cases of Allen Evers , and Konzelman reached by the Florida First, Second, and Fourth District Courts of Appeal. A Florida punitive damages statute, as amend...

TOP STORY—DAMAGES—Fla.Sup.Ct.: Florida high court declines reinstatement of $5M punitive damages award against R.J. Reynolds based on Florida’s pre-1999 punitive damages law

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TOP STORY—BABY PRODUCTS—CPSC direct final rule incorporates by reference revised voluntary standard for carriages and strollers

November 18, 2021 | By Wendy Biddle, J.D.

The standard now includes parking brake mechanism test methods. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has published a direct final rule revising the agency’s mandatory standard for strollers and carriages to incorporate by reference the most ...

TOP STORY—BABY PRODUCTS—CPSC direct final rule incorporates by reference revised voluntary standard for carriages and strollers

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TOP STORY—INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL EQUIPMENT—M.D.Pa.: Conflicting evidence raises questions regarding defect in transloader

November 17, 2021 | By Pamela C. Maloney, J.D.

A worker who sustained serious injuries in a transloader accident presented sufficient evidence to raise questions of fact as to whether the machine had been negligently and defectively designed and whether alleged defects caused the accident. Whethe...

TOP STORY—INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL EQUIPMENT—M.D.Pa.: Conflicting evidence raises questions regarding defect in transloader

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TOP STORY—JURY VERDICTS—N.D.Fla.: 3M hit with $13M jury verdict in defective earplug suit alleging fraud, gross negligence

November 16, 2021 | By Robert B. Barnett Jr., J.D.

The jury awarded a clean sweep to the sergeant plaintiff, finding 3M guilty as charged on all counts and awarding the sergeant more than $13 million in damages. A federal jury in Florida has awarded an Army sergeant who used 3M Company’s dual-ended c...

TOP STORY—JURY VERDICTS—N.D.Fla.: 3M hit with $13M jury verdict in defective earplug suit alleging fraud, gross negligence