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Definition of Product Liability

Product liability laws outlines the responsibility of any company that manufactures, distributes or sells products, to only sell to the public goods which do not contain dangerous defects. The goal of product liability law is to reduce the number of dangerous products which reach market and protect consumers.

Under product liability law a company can be held liable for negligence, breach of warranty, misrepresentation or marketing defects (the product did not have adequate warnings or instruction for its safe use), design defects (the design of the product makes it dangerous when it is used as intended), and manufacturing defects (the product defect arose during the manufacturing process).

Strict liability law also allows a plaintiff to sue if the product is defective, the defect proximately caused their injury, and the defect rendered the product unreasonably dangerous. Under this standard the consumer does not have to prove negligence.

State laws vary for product liability laws. Talk to a lawyer if you have more questions.

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