When you spend your hard-earned money on a product, you expect to get what is advertised. What you do not expect to get is injured from a product that was poorly made or designed. Unfortunately, many people have been serious injured or killed by defective products, which can result in a product liability lawsuit. Every year manufacturers pay millions of dollars to plaintiffs of these cases that have been harmed from their products. Here are some notorious, and lucrative, product liability cases.
General Motors Exploding Gas Tanks
The families of six victims that were killed by exploding gas tanks installed in the 1979 Chevy Malibu sued GM for their losses. The families received $4.9 billion in damages to compensate for their losses.
Phillip Morris Lung Cancer Lawsuits
Phillip Morris and many other tobacco companies have been sued repeatedly for their responsibility in creating products that caused lung cancer without warning customers of the risk. One plaintiff received $28 billion in punitive damages from Phillip Morris.
Johnson & Johnson’s Many Lawsuits
Johnson & Johnson is one of the largest medical product corporations in the world. They are also one of the most sued companies due to the many defective products they have produced that harmed their customers. Some of these lawsuits include:
- $465 million to the state of Oklahoma for its role in the opioid crisis – many other states have followed suit and also sued the company
- $8 billion to users of the drug Risperdal, which cause gynecomastia
- $4.6 billion for faulty talcum powder that caused ovarian cancer
- Over $1 billion for faulty hip implants created through their subsidiary DePuy Pinnacle
Monsanto Co. Roundup Lawsuits
Monsanto Co. makes the weed killer Roundup, which has been reported to cause cancer in those exposed to the chemical. The first of many lawsuits against Monsanto regarding Roundup resulted in the plaintiff receiving $289 million in compensation.
Georgia Product Liability Attorneys
If a company creates a product that harms their customers, they may be liable for medical bills, lost wages, pain/suffering, loss of a loved one and punitive damages. Conley Griggs Partin, LLP is your source for experienced product liability attorneys in Georgia – call us for a free legal consultation if you have been harmed by a defective product.
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