Bloomberg.com reports that defective product verdicts are coming down on the side of the plaintiffs these days. “Jurors are more willing to believe that there was corporate wrongdoing that was intentional,” said Ophelia Camina, a lawyer at Susman Godfrey LLP in Dallas who won a $246 million verdict last year in a breach-of-warranty and fraud case against the JDA Software Group.
Ten of the 50 largest jury verdicts last year came in product-defect cases, compared with five in 2009 and one in 2008, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. There were 15 such verdicts of $25 million or more in 2010, compared with seven in 2009.
Top Defective Product Liability Verdict
The top product defect verdict was for $505.1 million against Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., the Israeli drugmaker, and its U.S. distributor. The case involved the packaging of the anesthetic propofol, which created a risk of contamination and led to the plaintiff’s hepatitis.
The total of the largest five product liability verdicts was $1.1 billion, up from $620 million in 2009 and $408 million in 2008. The 77% growth from last year accelerated a trend from the previous year, when the largest five product verdicts rose 52% from 2008.
Defective Product Law Los Angeles Explained
The defective product law states that a product can be anything, from a laptop, to an aeronautical chart, to a plastic bag. Defects are flaws in the way a product is designed, manufactured, or marketed that may cause harm or death. Defective product cases include warranty obligations, negligence, manufacturing and design problems and failure to warn about the problems.
How to File Defective Product Claims
If you or anyone you know has been injured or killed as a result of a defect in some kind of product, call one of our California defective product lawyers at 877-702-7274. Products liability holds designers, manufacturers, and sellers of most products responsible for the harm suffered by buyers and users of defective products.
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