When a consumer product is defective or dangerous, it can cause serious injuries or even death. While the Consumer Product Safety Commission often recalls defective products to protect consumers, not all dangerous products are recalled—some remain on the market.
If you believe you suffered injuries because of any of the products involved in dangerous product lawsuits, consult a mass torts attorney to learn more about your legal options. Consider these top product liability lawsuits and mass torts:
3M Combat Arms Earplugs
Thousands of military members used 3M dual-ended Combat Arms earplugs for over a decade, and many suffered hearing loss and other symptoms as a result. Aearo Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of 3M Company, manufactured these earplugs and supplied them to the U.S. military for training and combat. They were issued to soldiers deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan during this time.
3M never recalled the earplugs but stopped making them several years ago. Since then, many service members and veterans have sued 3M because they suffered hearing damage, tinnitus, hearing loss, and other related conditions. Recently, there have been more than 250,000 pending lawsuits in this multidistrict litigation (MDL). The United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation reports that MDL 2885 is currently the largest pending MDL.
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Talcum Powder and Baby Powder
Thousands of people accuse Johnson & Johnson of causing or contributing to their cancer because their popular baby powder is made from talc. This natural mineral is often contaminated with asbestos fibers. When inhaled or used in panties or on women’s genitals, it could cause lung, cervical, ovarian, or uterine cancer.
Talcum powder lawsuits, consolidated into MDL 2738, accuse Johnson & Johnson of knowing there were significant cancer risks related to their baby powder decades before the public learned of it. They continued to market the powders for women’s hygiene use throughout this time. Today, Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder contains no talc.
If you used baby powder, Shower to Shower, or other talcum powder products and were later diagnosed with cancer, you can still file a lawsuit and join this mass tort.
Infant Formula and Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC)
Many premature and low-birth-weight babies receive cow’s milk formula and milk fortifier products to help them gain weight and thrive. However, there are also links between these products and a potentially-fatal condition known as necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). This intestinal condition can quickly lead to serious symptoms and additional complications.
Many formula manufacturers use cow’s milk in their products, including Enfamil and Similac. Some products used in hospitals even contain these ingredients.
If your infant was fed cow’s milk products at home or in the hospital and developed NEC, you may file an NEC baby formula lawsuit and seek justice. You could recover compensation and hold the formula manufacturers accountable.
Philips Respironics CPAP, Bi-PAP, and Ventilators
Philips Respironics recalled a long list of their ventilators and sleep apnea machines because of a problem with the insulating foam inside the machine. The affected products included:
- CPAP machines
- BiPAP machines
- Some mechanical ventilators
The case, MDL 3014 IN RE: Philips Recalled CPAP, Bi-Level PAP, and Mechanical Ventilator Products Liability Litigation, alleges infections, respiratory irritation, other breathing concerns, cancer, and other adverse effects because of the breakdown of foam in these machines. This foam is meant to reduce the sound of the machine, but over time, the user breathes in small particles.
More than 500 people have filed CPAP, Bi-PAP, and ventilator lawsuits and joined the MDL.
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Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper
Consumer Reports published a terrifying article about the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper and other inclined sleepers designed for infants. This sleeper and others like it remained on the market for several years and can still be found on Facebook Marketplace, at yard sales, and on other sites for reselling.
According to Consumer Reports, dozens of infants have died sleeping in these products. The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated these lawsuits into MDL 2903.
Roundup weedkiller’s primary ingredient, glyphosate, has shown strong links to the development of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and other cancers. While Monsanto, the maker of Roundup, no longer uses glyphosate in its consumer products, it is still in the products they distribute to agricultural workers and others in the industry.
The lawsuits against Monsanto are currently consolidated into MDL 2741. If you used Roundup and later developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or another cancer, you could qualify.
Paraquat Herbicide Poisoning
Exposure to the weedkiller paraquat could cause or contribute to the development of Parkinson’s disease, which is a progressive, neurodegenerative brain disorder. These lawsuits are consolidated into MDL 3004.
You can speak to a mass tort lawyer today to learn about filing a paraquat lawsuit and seek justice, compensation, and accountability.
Bard PowerPorts are small, implantable ports used to give patients infusions of medication, chemotherapy, intravenous fluids, parenteral nutrition solutions, blood products, and more. However, many patients report device failures. These devices can break, migrate, or lead to serious infections. Sometimes, the patient requires emergency surgery.
The lawsuits based on these port devices are at their earliest stages. You can learn more about whether you qualify by speaking to a mass torts attorney today.
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