Product Liability Lawsuits in the U.S.


Products people use every day can produce product liability lawsuits, from products as small as a cup of coffee or as large as an automobile -- and everything in between.  Examples would include the Ford Pinto actions in the 1970s and the notorious “hot coffee” case against McDonalds in the 1990s.  These incidents attract lots of media attention and produce intense feelings in both consumers and manufacturer groups.  The thought behind product liability is that companies that produce the products have the knowledge needed to keep defective products from coming onto the market.  If they don’t live up to this responsibility, they need to be held accountable.


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