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HTMLIndiana Court Upholds Verdict Against Parts Distributor, Agrees With Remedial Measures and Spoliation Rulings
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 12, 2014, previously published on November 11, 2014
In April 2006, the braking system on a crane being used to hoist a ladle of molten iron at a steel mill in Indiana failed, which caused molten iron to spill and ignite an extensive fire. The mill owner sued the supplier of the braking system’s parts that fractured for breach of contract and...

 

HTMLGAO Releases Report on CPSC Response to New and Emerging Hazards
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 2, 2014, previously published on October 20, 2014
On October 14, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report entitled “Consumer Product Safety Commission: Challenges and Options for Responding to New and Emerging Risks.” The report analyzes the timeliness of the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC)...

 

HTMLCadillac Moving to the Big Apple
Chao Meng; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 13, 2014, previously published on October 6, 2014
General Motors’ Cadillac luxury car division, founded in Motown and named for the city’s founder, is moving 650 miles east to New York’s SoHo neighborhood. Cadillac, which has been steadily losing sales to its foreign rivals, is hoping that a trendy New York address will give its...

 

HTMLMontana Judge Reduces Punitives In Automotive Case But Award Still Vulnerable On Appeal
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 9, 2014, previously published on October 2, 2014
In May, we posted that a Montana jury awarded the family of two teens involved in a fatal car crash $240 million in punitive damages because of an alleged manufacturing defect in the steering knuckles of the car’s suspension system. Last week, the presiding judge affirmed the jury’s...

 

HTMLGuilty Convictions in Salmonella Trial May Signify Landmark in Criminal Food-Safety Prosecutions
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 25, 2014, previously published on September 22, 2014
This space has thoroughly explored the various forms of civil liability food companies face for the mislabeling and/or deceptive marketing of their products. Last week, a set of landmark convictions in a criminal food-safety prosecution potentially signal increased criminal liability for food...

 

HTMLHawaii G-M-O: Kauai County GMO Regs Struck Down in Federal Court
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 2, 2014, previously published on August 28, 2014
Throughout the year, this space has periodically re-visited the topic of regulating the manufacture and labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) at the state and federal level. This week, a lawsuit out of Kauai, Hawaii shed light on the fate of these regulations at the county...

 

HTMLPortable Butane Stove Burn Injuries Still Cause Unnecessary Harm
Todd A. Walburg; Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 27, 2014, previously published on August 22, 2014
Portable butane stoves are a great convenience, making it possible for campers and others without access to a fixed stove to cook meals. While they are available for as little as ten or fifteen dollars, unfortunately these convenient portable stoves and butane burners can cause severe burn injuries...

 

HTMLStrict Products Liability And Implied Warranty Of Merchantability Claims Allowed To Proceed Against Air Mattress Manufacturer And Retailer
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 16, 2014, previously published on July 10, 2014
The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida denied a motion to dismiss a plaintiff’s strict products liability and implied warranty of merchantability claims against an air mattress manufacturer and the retailer from which the product was purchased. The plaintiff was allegedly...

 

HTMLA Foreign Manufacturer May be Subject to Personal Jurisdiction in the United States Under the “Stream of Commerce” Theory Where It Is Closely Affiliated with Its Intermediary Distributer
Sarah M. Grago; Semmes Bowen Semmes A Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
July 9, 2014, previously published on June 2014
In Valichka v. Kettler Int’l, Inc., et al., the United States District Court for the District of Maryland denied Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction. Plaintiff William Valichka (“Valichka”) sued Defendants Kettler International, Inc., (D/B/A...

 

HTMLEconomic Manufacturing Quantities: The Right Amount and the Right Locations
Nicholas E. Williams; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 8, 2014, previously published on June 26, 2014
Does your manufacturing firm have enough facilities creating the optimum number of products in the right locations? As manufacturing abroad became viable, the siting options became innumerable. Now, already difficult decisions are becoming more complicated due to market trends. Oil prices are...

 


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