SC High Court Evaluates US Product Liability Trends

Law360, New York (September 3, 2010, 12:53 PM EDT) -- In August the South Carolina Supreme Court issued an opinion in an automobile rollover case that brings South Carolina in line with the majority of U.S. jurisdictions regarding how a court determines whether a product is unreasonably dangerous because of a design defect.

In Branham v. Ford Motor Co. the court addressed nationwide trends regarding the proper application of the risk-utility test and the consumer expectation test in a product liability case and held that “the exclusive test in a product liability design case is the...
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