Dodging Product Liability Laws By Calling A Shirt A Service

Law360, New York (October 16, 2012, 8:56 PM EDT) -- An Indiana federal judge ruled Thursday that a jury could consider a shirt a service and not a product, providing plaintiffs and defendants with an unusual way to avoid restrictive state product liability statutes and find more favorable evidentiary rules.

The decision came in a suit filed by Rex Hathaway, a welder at steel fabricating company Quik Cut Inc., against uniform supplier Cintas Corporate Services Inc. and others. Hathaway claimed a shirt provided by Cintas caught on fire while he was operating a plasma cutter, leaving...
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