After a young man lost his life in a car accident, the man's family has decided to pursue legal action. The family believes that there was a product defect with the ignition switch that ultimately caused the car crash. The Virginia family names General Motors as the defendant in their products liability and wrongful death suit.
Caffeine powder is a popular, but potentially harmful product. Victims of this dangerous substance could consider pursuing a products liability claim if they have been injured, and the surviving family of a deceased victim generally has a similar right to seek a monetary award for any financial losses sustained. In fact, the growing popularity of caffeine powder and the frightening consequences of its use have led lawmakers to propose a ban. Reportedly, two young people have died as a result of ingesting this product.
Under a bill recently proposed by U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Bob Casey, corporate officers who hide information about defects of company products could be targeted with criminal penalties. Under the bill, such individuals would face up to five years of imprisonment and fines. At bottom, the issue is about holding corporate officers personally responsible for their contributions to defective products which cause injury and/or death to consumers.
Readers have, by now, probably heard about the legal issues surrounding GM’s recall of 1.5 million cars due to a defective ignition switch. Consumers have filed lawsuits not only for economic damages based on the recall, but also for wrongful death and fraud. One of the potential challenges for plaintiffs, though, is that GM may have immunity from liabilities dating before its 2009 exit from bankruptcy.
The National Highway Safety Administration recently announced that new regulations for child car safety seats will go into effect in February 2014. The new rule applies to weight limits for car seats in how they can be secured in a vehicle.