Report: Product Liability Lawsuits Hit Record High in 2022
Product liability cases that aren't coordinated in multidistrict litigation reached their highest level since 2013, with 5,826 filed in 2022, according to a Lex Machina report released Thursday.
What You Need to Know
- Many of the cases are consolidated in specific venues, such as the Southern District of Illinois and the Northern District of Texas.
- Cases coordinated in multidistrict litigation remained steady with the exception of 2020 and 2021, which had a substantial increase in lawsuits because of 3M’s combat earplugs.
- In 2020, nearly $240 million were awarded in damages from product liability verdicts, and in 2021, about $134 million, despite COVID-19 courthouse closures.
A new report found product liability cases that aren’t already in multidistrict litigation reached their highest level since 2013, with 5,826 filed in 2022.
With the exception of a dip in 2021, most likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of product liability cases steadily rose for seven years, according to Lex Machina’s 2023 Product Liability Litigation Report, released on Thursday.