Top Product Liability Cases in 2020 – Personal Injury Lawyer

Just in time for the season of giving, we’vegathered some of the year’s top product liability cases here for your review.

Top Product Liability Cases in 2020

Written by Cooper & Friedman PLLC on December 8, 2020

2020 has been a harrowing year on all fronts. Don’t worry if you missed news

of some of the year’s top product liability cases. Just in time for the season of giving, we’ve

gathered some of the year’s top product liability cases here for your review. Keep reading to

learn which products you certainly shouldn’t be giving, or receiving.

Bayer’s Roundup Settlement

In 2018, German pharmaceutical giant Bayer acquired Monsanto. Consequently, Bayer also

gained ownership of Roundup, the powerful weed-killer and alleged cancer-causing agent.

According to a Bayer press-release, there have been over 125,000 filed claims of Round-up

induced cancer. A $10 billion settlement will bring a resolution to the majority of these claims.

This is also one of the largest settlements in United States litigation, involving individual

negotiations with over

25 leading law firms


Interestingly, going forward, Bayer will not be required or choose to put warning labels on Roundup products. Bayer has also secured a “mechanism to resolve future claims efficiently” which

involves an additional 1.25 billion allowance to settle forthcoming claims. The agreements also

contain no admission of liability or wrongdoing


This ruling is also subject to change as a selected “Class Science Panel” will begin tests to prove

whether Roundup causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This will likely take a few years and

could additionally impact resolution as well.

Although most litigation for Roundup is now resolved, mainly through the immense monetary

settlement, lasting solutions are far from over.

Shaky Opioid Resolutions

An ongoing opioid crisis continues to ravage America, and legal resolution is looking more grim than

many had hoped. According to the Council of Economic Advisers, from 2015-18, more than



was lost to opioids.

This staggering amount is even more alarming when analysts claim that the legal trials (to begin

next month) will only result in an estimated

$75-85 billion in settlements


So much of the damage caused by opioids is split amongst sales made by big pharma, big

tobacco, and stores such as CVS or Walmart, it’s difficult to apportion blame. In the coming

months, we’ll begin to see how this plays out.

Johnson and Johnson’s Talcum Product Liability Settlement

In June, a

$2.1 billion settlement

was awarded to women who allegedly sustained ovarian

cancer from using Johnson and Johnson’s talcum products.

Taking place at a Missouri appellate court, this decision has caused Johnson and Johnson to end

sales of talcum products in the United States. Furthermore, there have been many more claims

of asbestos in these products, which have failed to be substantiated. Johnson and Johnson

spokespeople have continually denied all allegations, and also continue to sell talc products in other


Manufacturers and suppliers can be liable for defective and dangerous products that cause injuries

. At any time, injuries from defective products can occur at home or in the

workplace. Consumers have rights that protect them from defective products, and

manufacturers also have a legal obligation to provide consumers with safe products.

If you believe you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product or machine,

contact the experienced product liability attorneys at

Cooper & Friedman PLLC

today for a free

initial consultation by calling


. Our product liability attorneys will help you seek

the justice you deserve.

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