Illinois Has Raised Liability Risk For Nonmanufacturer Cos.

Law360 (March 20, 2019, 4:42 PM EDT) -- There is no hiding the reality that many products alleged to have severely injured U.S. consumers are retailed domestically but manufactured overseas.[1] Indeed, an overwhelming $2.9 trillion in products are imported from foreign manufacturers into the United States,[2] about 35 percent of which comes from Asian countries, more than from any other geographical area in the world.[3]

More than 80 percent of the United States’ imports constitute products, including clothing, technology, industrial machinery, automobiles, and food and beverages.[4] Much of product liability law was developed in a timeframe when “Made in the USA” was ordinary. But now that most products undergo...

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