Helmet Importer Not Liable For Rider’s Death, Judge Says

Law360, Dallas (September 8, 2016, 7:53 PM EDT) -- An American distributor of Suomy SpA motorcycle helmets made in Italy, Taiwan and Indonesia is not considered a “manufacturer” under Texas law by virtue of its role in importing the helmets, a Texas federal judge held Wednesday in a products liability case that followed a motorcyclist’s death.

Distributor Van Leeuwen Enterprises Inc. skirted an argument from the family of the late Brian Barrera that, as an importer of consumer products, it could be held liable as a manufacturer responsible for testing and quality control, thanks to a ruling from U.S. District Judge Hilda G. Tagle. The family had argued Van Leeuwen...

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