The Emerging Product Liability Of Trademark Licensors

Law360, New York (September 27, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT) -- On Aug. 24, 2012, a Connecticut Superior Court judge upheld a $2.4-million product liability verdict against Tile Council of North America (Tile Council) in Hannibal Saldibar v. A.O. Smith Corp., entering final judgment against Tile Council after denying its post-trial motions. This verdict highlights an emerging issue for companies in the growing, multi-billion dollar trademark licensing industry: whether a trademark licensor may be held liable under strict liability for injuries resulting from a product that it neither manufactured nor sold.

 

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