Product liability roundup

  • “Oklahoma Court Tosses Jury Verdict Over ‘Defective’ Louisville Slugger” [Daniel Fisher/Forbes, Abnormal Use] “In contrast, a New Jersey case against the same defendant resulted in a multi-million-dollar settlement divorced from any showing of culpability.” [PoL]
  • An expert witness wore two hats [Chamber-backed Madison County Record]
  • 5-4 Washington Supreme Court decision in asbestos case bodes ill for makers of safety devices [Pacific Legal Foundation]
  • “Defective design and the Costa Concordia” [Rob Green, Abnormal Use; Rick Spilman, The Old Salt]
  • Calif. appeals court says man shot by 3 year old son can sue Glock [SFGate]
  • “Evidence of Drug Use May Be Relevant in Product Liability Litigation” [Farr, Abnormal Use]
  • “What used to be in chemistry sets that are not in there anymore are actual chemicals” [BBC, earlier here, here]


  • I own a few Glock pistols. The weapon is perfectly safe if it is left without a round in the chamber. Leaving a loaded, cocked weapon any place is stupidity. I’d like to see if there were any modifications to the trigger mechanism to give it a “hair trigger”.

  • The 5-4 Washington decision about exposure to asbestos from respirators has me scratching my head. The plaintiff worked in a shipyard. Apparently the respirator company was sued as the last man standing. The logic of the judges here escapes me. Instead of going after safe cribs, the CPSA should go after really defective judges.