15 Years Of Ohio Product Law Have Been Good For Cos.

Law360 (September 2, 2020, 6:22 PM EDT) -- On April 7, 2005, Ohio S.B. 80 went into effect, forever changing the landscape of Ohio tort and product liability law.

Ohio first codified the statutory Ohio Product Liability Act, or OPLA, in 1988. OPLA and related parts of the Ohio Revised Code were amended over the subsequent 17 years, with certain provisions falling to legal challenges.

In 2005, the Ohio General Assembly enacted S.B. 80 as part of a larger tort reform effort, revising OPLA and related statutes applying to recoverable damages and other issues. The law stuck — and changed the way product liability cases are litigated in Ohio....

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