Upholding Ill. Manufacturers' Limited Post-Sale Duties

Law360, New York (May 29, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT) -- In a significant victory for product manufacturers, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed a $43 million jury verdict against defendant Ford Motor Co. in a case involving a fatal accident in which the fuel tank of a 1993 Lincoln Town Car exploded.

The court held that a defendant’s duty in a negligent design case is determined by application of the risk-utility test and that, as a matter of public policy, a manufacturer “is not required to guard against every conceivable risk, regardless of the degree of harm.”...
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