XX.A. Introduction to Products Liability | Jonathan Zittrain | December 21, 2012


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XX.A. Introduction to Products Liability

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  1. 1 Show/Hide More MacPherson v. Buick Motor Co.--"The Broken Wooden Wheel Case"
    Original Creator: Jonathan Zittrain
    Should a manufacturer be liable for harm caused by defective products if the person harmed is not the person whom the manufacturer sold the product to?
    Defendant sold an automobile to a retail dealer, who then resold it to the plaintiff. While the plaintiff was in the car, it suddenly collapsed, throwing him out of the car and injuring him. One of the wheels was made of defective wood and had crumbled at the time of the accident. Although the defendant had purchased the wheel from another manufacturer, the defect could have been discovered by reasonable inspection.
  2. 2 Show/Hide More Ryan v. Progressive Grocery Stores, Inc. -- "The Pin in the Bread Case"
    Original Creator: Jonathan Zittrain
    Should mere sellers of a defective good be liable for latent defects that are likely created by the manufacturer?
    Plaintiff was injured when he bit into a loaf of bread that had a pin in it. The loaf had been purchased from the defendant's store. At the time of the purchase, the plaintiff's wife had specified the brand of read. The defendant's salesman gave the plaintiff's wife the desired loaf of bread, still wrapped in a factory-sealed package.
  3. 3 Show/Hide More Escola v. Coca Cola Bottling Company of Fresno--"The Exploding Coke Bottle Case"
    Original Creator: Jonathan Zittrain
    Should manufacturers face potential towards any individual injured by defective products, even if there is no direct transaction between the injured individual and the manufacturer?
    Plaintiff—a waitress in a restaurant—was injured when a glass bottle of Coca Cola exploded in her hand while she was stocking a refrigerator.

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