• Kirk Hartley

Product Liability Defendants Lose Big in California and Texas

The last 10 days have been notably adverse for product liability defendants.

One big defense side loss arrived through the California Supreme Court’s December 1, 2016 opinion in two consolidated cases involving “take home” exposures to asbestos.  The opinion is described in a December 1, 2016 article by LAW360.

To close out the adverse stretch, Johnson and Johnson lost a $1+ billion verdict in a hip implant bellwether trial in federal court in Dallas. The trial involved six plaintiffs represented by Mark Lanier.  Some of the specifics are outlined in a December 2, 2016 article by LAW360.


About Kirk

Since becoming a lawyer in 1983, Kirk’s over 30 years of practice have focused on advising a wide range of corporations, associations, and individuals (as both plaintiffs and defendants) on both tort and commercial law issues centered around “mass torts.”


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