Begum Law Group
Free Consultation | Available 24/7
210-819-5342 or 956-267-5580
Se Habla Espanol
View Our Practice Areas

Popular Product Liability Cases

Product liability claims are nothing new in the United States. They are generally filed by consumers who have had a bad experience at the fault of a company or faulty product. These cases help companies stay at the top of their game when it comes to quality and safety. If an American consumer experiences anything less than that, they have the right (and even the responsibility, some would say) to file a claim.

Toyota Cars

Just five years ago, Toyota cars underwent a huge recall because of a lack of a fail-safe mechanism. The idea behind the mechanism is for the car to only respond to the brake pedal, even if the accelerator is being triggered, therefore decreasing the chances of an accident significantly - even if the accelerator is malfunctioning. This fail-safe mechanism was somehow not added to many of Toyota's cars, causing one of the most notable liability lawsuits in recent history. Toyota paid more than $1 billion to settle.

Dow Corning silicone breast implants

Numerous cases of the rupturing of breast implants from Dow Corning caused a lawsuit in 1998. It was claimed that these ruptures caused injuries, damage to the body, scleroderma, and even death. Dow Corning paid $2 billion total to settle.

General Motots car parts

In 1999, General Motors underwent some heat for its 1979 Chevrolet Malibu gas tanks. These gas tanks were faulty and actually exploded, killing six different people. GM ended up paying punitive damages of a whopping $4.9 billion.

McDonald's coffee

Believe it or not, McDonald's was actually sued in 1994 for serving its coffee too hot. Stella Liebeck spilled her newly purchased coffee onto her lap accidentally, giving her third-degree burns. She sued McDonald's by claiming they were serving it at a temperature of 180 to 190 degrees Fahrenheit rather than the more typical and reasonable 140 degrees Fahrenheit that is found at other restaurants. Liebeck won and received $2.7 million in punitive damages, as well as $160,000 in medical expenses.

Philip Morris tobacco

As recently as 2002, a woman diagnosed with lung cancer attributed it to her smoking and addiction to tobacco. By claiming that her habits were a direct result of the company not adequately warning her of the risks present with smoking cigarettes, she received punitive damages of $28 million, plus $850,000 of compensatory damages.

Owens Corning asbestos building material

In late 1998 several product liability lawsuits claimed that the asbestos building materials provided by Owens Corning were the cause of mesothelioma cancer, and therefore death. More than 175,000 people were involved, and the company settled for $1.2 billion.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • Lead Counsel Rated
  • American Association For Justice
  • Cameron Country Bar Association
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association
  • ABA
  • Best attorneys of america
  • Personal Injury Top 10

Alexander Begum

Voted Best Injury Lawyer SA Scene Magazine 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Voted Top Ten Injury Lawyer in South Texas National Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018


Voted Top Ten Injury Lawyer in the Nation National Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys 2016 and 2017

Have you been hurt by someone else's negligence? Contact us today for your free initial consultation.

Brownsville Office
2401 Wild Flower Dr., Suite B
Brownsville, TX 78520

Phone: 956-267-5580
Fax: 956-982-8602
Map & Directions

San Antonio Office
5826 Interstate 10 Frontage Rd., Suite 102
San Antonio, TX 78201

Phone: 210-819-5342
Fax: 210-564-9857
San Antonio Law Office Map

McAllen Office
4425 N. McColl St.
McAllen, TX 78501

Phone: 956-267-5580
Fax: 956-982-8602
Map & Directions

Laredo Office
104 E. Calton Rd., Suite 109
Laredo, TX 78041

Phone: 210-819-5342
Fax: 956-982-8602
Map & Directions

Popular Product Liability Cases | Begum Law Group