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Product Liability Law: A General Overview

This is an overview of the theories of liability including warranty breaches, defective warnings, and standards.

Product liability is no simple matter. Though a manufacturer may be found liable if someone is injured using its product, that conclusion, is usually harder than it sounds to resolve. A defect can be something as glaring as a broken component or as subtle as a design choice, and the outsourcing of manufacturing, design, or various marketing and support operations has made product liability a lot more complicated.

This document was created for business owners and offers an understanding of product liability. It covers negligence, design, warranty, defect warnings, industry standards, and reseller agreements and reseller statutes. It also offers information on defenses against allegations of a defective product as well as transfer clauses and vendors’ endorsements.

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