Chapter 6 - Strict Liability and Product Liability

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TORT THEORIES TORT THEORIES CHAPTER 6 Strict Liability and  Product Liability
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Who is Liable for Product Defects? Ch. 6: Strict Liability and Product Liability 2 Liability assessed against: 1. Manufacturers 2. Processors 3. Assemblers 4. Component suppliers 5. Distributors 6. Sellers
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Who is Protected from Product Defects? Ch. 6: Strict Liability and Product Liability 3 Who may sue: 1. consumers (purchasers) 2. lessees 3. users 4. bystanders
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Liability for Damages Ch. 6: Strict Liability and Product Liability 4 If a product defect causes personal injury or property  damage  plaintiff may recover from all who were involved  in the manufacturing, distribution and sale of the  defective product.  Liability assessed if: Seller is engaged in business relative to that produced No material changes to the product in chain of commerce.  n.b. does not cover solely economic losses  (i.e. the  product replacement or repair). Punitive damages  can be awarded where intentional  actions to injure or actions with reckless disregard for  safety of plaintiff. 
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Products Liability Theories Ch. 6: Strict Liability and Product Liability 5 1. Strict Liability 2. Negligence 3. Misrepresentation 4. Breach of express warranty 5. Breach of implied warranty (Items 4 & 5 discussed in Law of Sales)
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Product Defect Liability Based Upon  Negligence   (i.e. fault) Ch. 6: Strict Liability and Product Liability 6 Negligence: Failure to exercise reasonable care in the making, marketing,  distribution and sale of a product. Duty: Manufacturer:  failure to design, assemble, inspect, test, package  and/or place warnings on the product
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Negligence Ch. 6: Strict Liability and Product Liability 7 Privity is not required. Violation of statutory duty (negligence  per  se ) Look for applicable, controlling statutory duties  regarding the product such as labeling. Only defendants who are negligent to the 
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