An Unreasonable Example Of Reasonable Alternative Design

Law360, New York (November 15, 2011, 12:25 PM EST) -- Is a manufacturer required to make the safest possible product, even at the expense of design and function? Can an inventor create a market for his product through expert testimony? A recent U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit opinion, Osorio v. One World Technologies Inc., may have answered both of these questions at a detriment to the manufacturer.

Carlos Osorio worked as a hardwood floor installer in Medford, Mass. Having never previously operated a table saw, Osorio was trained by his employer and co-workers...
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