Federal trial court certified a class involving problems with Honda’s brake system. The Ninth Circuit reversed because the class includes cars in different jurisdictions and California’s consumer protection statutes could not be applied nationwide. Mazza v. American Honda Motor Co. (Ninth Cir.; January 12, 2012) 666 F.3d 581.
Defendant manufactured pumps and valves, and was sued for wrongful death caused by asbestos manufactured by third parties and added to the pumps after defendant sold them. The California Supreme Court held that “a product manufacturer may not be held liable in strict liability or negligence for harm caused by another manufacturer’s product unless the […]
A police officer was shot in the back with his Glock 21 service weapon by his three-year-old son rendering him a paraplegic. The officer and his wife sued the manufacturers of the gun and holster alleging the gun has a light trigger pull without an appropriate safety mechanism to prevent accidental discharge and the holster […]
After report of a disturbance, police went to a scene and found a man “either really high or crazy.” The man struck the police vehicle with his hand and continued on his way. The situation deteriorated with the man breaking a fence, assuming a batter’s position and swinging a two by four at officers. After […]