High-Profile Recalls Drive Product Liability Filings

Law360, New York (November 19, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- A series of high-profile product recalls, as well as the plaintiffs bar's sophistication with respect to using the Internet to identify budding controversies and find clients, has helped keep product liability filings on the rise, and that trend is expected to gain momentum under President Barack Obama, lawyers say.

Consumer tolerance for risks from products has been eroding for decades, even as those products have become safer. Today's consumers are more likely to look for fault on the part of a manufacturer if a product causes...
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