BA621-L5A6 - February 1 2010 BA621 Business Law Lesson#5...

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February 1, 2010 – May 21, 2010 BA621 Business Law Lesson #5 Assignment #6 Lesson #5, Assignment #6: Critical Thinking About the Law The following questions (from page 339 of your text) will enhance your thinking about product liability law. Katharine purchased a can of hair spray from her local drugstore. When she removed the cap from the hair spray can, the can exploded in her hands. She suffered third-degree burns on her hands and face and was unable to work for three months. Katharine sued the hair spray manufacturer after she discovered that another woman had suffered an identical accident when using the same brand of hair spray. The jury awarded Katharine $750,000 in compensatory damages. 1) Katharine's lawyer described a previous case in which an individual was injured because a product exploded. Two years earlier, a woman walking down a row of hair care products in a supermarket had been injured because a product exploded. She lost her sight because of the explosion, and a jury awarded her $2.2 million in damages. Katharine's lawyer argued that because the previous woman had been compensated, Katharine should also be awarded $2 million in damages for her injuries. Do you think the
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