Last week I had the honor of moderating the main-stage judges’ panel at the DRI Product Liability Conference in Austin, Texas. I was joined by three distinguished members of the Federal judiciary:
Supporters of autonomous vehicles, or self-driving cars, often claim they will make our roads safer by removing human error from the driving equation. However, critics of this new technology argue that the complexity of these machines will increase the potential for product defects to occur, which may mitigate some of the safety benefits derived from taking the potential for human error out of the act of driving a vehicle. Continue Reading Self-Driving Cars Will Likely Increase Product Liability Litigation
In September 2018, California passed SB-327, the first Internet of Things (IoT) security law addressing growing concerns over cybersecurity for the burgeoning market of consumer IoT devices.
Electric scooters and the shared economy
If you have spent any time in Los Angeles or New York City recently, you may have noticed adults riding two-wheeled electric scooters − the type we are more accustomed to seeing kids ride. These scooters are the latest transportation tools in the ever-evolving sharing economy.
Continue Reading As Electric Scooters Barrel Their Way into the Sharing Economy, Manufacturers and Their Insurers Should Prepare for an Influx of New Claims
By now, followers of California’s Proposition 65 are well aware of the August 30, 2018, changes. In a nutshell, they are:
- Changes to warnings that require inclusion of a specific chemical and potential harmful result of either cancer and/or birth defect
- Required website warnings
- Mandatory pictograph and required font size
- The burden is shifted from retailers to manufacturers
- Annual renewal and review.