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Product Liability

Definition - What does Product Liability mean?

Product liability refers to the liability of a defective product on any or all parties along the chain of manufacture of that product. The manufacturer, distributors, suppliers, and retailers of a product can be held responsible under product liability if the product causes injury to consumer(s).

Justipedia explains Product Liability

Manufacturing, distributing, supplying, or retailing a defective product, whether intentionally or unintentionally, is considered a tort in the United States. The area of tort law in the United States which holds the manufacturer, distributors, suppliers, and retailers of defective products responsible for the injuries caused by that product is known as product liability. The claims generally associated with product liability include breach of warranty, strict liability, and negligence. Product liability claims are distinguished by three major categories based on the kind of defect: defective design, manufacturing defect, and failure-to-warn defects.

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