The Body Of Evidence For Retailer Liability

Law360, New York (February 9, 2012, 12:45 PM EST) -- In a case involving a car battery that exploded in a consumer’s hands, a federal court in New Jersey has reaffirmed the longstanding notion that retailers can be found strictly liable when they sell defective products.

The Nov. 2, 2011, decision by U.S. District Court Judge Peter G. Sheridan potentially places a heavy burden on home improvement chains and other retailers considered “experts” in their industries.

The implications of this ruling could be far-reaching. For example, it puts the onus on retailers to be thoroughly familiar...
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