Bayer AG recently agreed to pay $1.6 billion to settle claims by women in the United States involving its now-withdrawn Essure birth-control device. The settlement will resolve about ninety-percent of the nearly 39,000 lawsuits, which have been consolidated into courts in California and Pennsylvania.
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More than 90 lawsuits have been filed against two of the nation's largest e-scooter companies, Lime and Bird, over severe injuries suffered by riders of defective scooters. The lawsuits allege the injuries were suffered after riders were thrown from the vehicles due to malfunctioning brakes, sudden accelerations, as well as faulty throttles, handlebars, and wheels.
More than 1.6 million potential defects have caused Honda to recall more than 600,000 vehicles including Odyssey minivans and Pilot and Passport SUVs. The recalls include faulty door latches, malfunctioning backup cameras, and non-illuminating dashboard lights. Honda will fix these defects free of charge starting on September 23, 2020.
Amazon.com, Inc. (Amazon) was recently dealt another setback in its efforts to avoid liability for defective products sold on its website that were manufactured by overseas companies that may not be amenable to jurisdiction in the United States.
Honda issued its second recall in the last two years last Tuesday, and this issue is not as different as its predecessor. 2018-2020 Odysseys, 2019-2020 Passports, and 2019-2021 Pilots were recalled for software issues that can cause the display to malfunction and not show information like speed, gear selection and oil pressure, which can potentially be dangerous if not taken care of.
On July 24, 2020, a Harris County woman filed a complaint in the Harris County District Court against Memorial City Mall, LP and Skechers USA, Inc. The woman brought negligence causes of action against both businesses, also alleging gross negligence and strict product liability against Skechers.
For a second time, nursery furniture specialist DaVinci has recalled an additional 3,000 of its wooden Bailey bassinets sold from August 2018 through September 2019.
Since 2014, nearly 50 million Takata airbags have been recalled in the United States alone. Prior to the recalls, Takata had about 20 percent of the global airbag market, with the recalls affecting nearly every vehicle manufacturer, including the Detroit Three, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, BMW, Daimler, Subaru, Volkswagen, and Audi. Although just over 37 million Takata airbags have been repaired, nearly 12.5 million are still in cars on the road today.
A product liability lawsuit was recently filed in Washington state court against several manufacturers of vaporizer cartridges and the distributor of the vaporizer device, which was manufactured by C-Cell, a Chinese corporation.
On June 24, 2020, Bayer announced one of the largest settlements in U.S. Civil Litigation to resolve the lawsuits surrounding Roundup weed killer and its ties to Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). Bayer acquired Monsanto in 2018, after claims had already surfaced that one of the active ingredients in Roundup, glyphosate, was a probable carcinogenic to humans. Since then, three sizeable verdicts against Monsanto influenced them to avoid trial and seek an alternative dispute resolution for the thousands of pending lawsuits that remained. Bayer and the 25 lead law firms negotiated the settlement for months before coming to an agreement.