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Top 10 Defective Products Articles in the LegalMatch Law Library

You have probably heard about the health risks of soft drinks — weight gain, diabetes, poor dental health, cardiovascular disease, etc. But in one of the most famous defective products cases, a waitress found another reason to stop drinking soda: spontaneous explosion! When a bottle of Coca-Cola exploded in her hand, the waitress suffered a deep cut that severed the blood vessels, nerves, and muscles of her thumb and palm.

A defective products lawsuit is a lawsuit brought by a person or group of people who were injured by a defective or unsafe product. Common defendants in a defective products lawsuit include the manufacturer, the designer, and the retailer. Defective products lawsuits can involve a wide range of consumer products (not just spontaneously-exploding soft drinks): prescription drugs, asbestos and other building materials, medical devices, household appliances, toys and playground equipment, food products, and the list goes on and on.

Here are the top ten articles about defective products from the LegalMatch Law Library:

1. Personal Injury Claims

Defective products lawsuits are a type of personal injury claim. This article discusses personal injury claims in general and the types of damages a person can receive in a personal injury lawsuit.

2. Class Action Lawyers

You have probably already seen several TV ads about class action lawsuits for defective products—prescription drugs, automobile parts, building materials, etc. This article discusses when a group of people can bring a class action lawsuit and what the members of the group can recover from the lawsuit.

3. Automotive Product Liability

This article discusses automobile products liability. If your automobile has a defect, you may be able to recover from the car’s manufacturer.

4. Common Car Defects That Require Recall

If a car has a defect that makes it unsafe, a manufacturer may order a recall for the car to be returned, repaired, or replaced. If your car has been recalled, you may be able to bring a personal injury suit, become part of a class action suit, or receive reimbursement from the manufacturer.

5. Auto Warranty Lawyers

An automobile warranty is a promise from an automobile dealer or manufacturer to repair or replace defects in your car within a specified period of time. If your dealer or manufacturer has not met the terms of your warranty, notify him or her as soon as possible. If the dealer or manufacturer ignores your complaint or refuses to enforce the warranty, you may be able to sue for a breach of warranty.

6. Chain of Distribution in a Defective Products Claim

This article explains when a manufacturer, retailer, and distributor may be held liable for a defective product. In some cases, more than one party is responsible for the defect.

7. Puppy Lemon Laws

Most pet owners consider their pet to be their best friend or most faithful companion. Because of this bond, it’s hard to believe that pets could ever be "defective products." However, one type of defective products laws—called "puppy lemon laws" — holds pet stores, and sometimes breeders, financially liable for selling sick pets.

8. Texas Tort Law

Defective products laws are a type of tort law. Texas is known for being a "tort reform" state and has made considerable efforts towards revising tort laws. Among the many tort reform laws passed in Texas are laws involving asbestos, products liability, and class actions.

9. Food Contamination Claims

If you have suffered from restaurant food poisoning or another form of food contamination, you may be able to sue the responsible restaurant or food company. However, the old saying "no harm, no foul" applies to food contamination — if you did not suffer substantial injuries of losses, you probably won’t be able to recover damages.

10. Defenses to Defective Product Liability

This article discusses some of the defenses that manufacturers, retailers, and sellers may assert in a defective products case. The defendants might argue that the defect did not cause your injury, that your negligence caused your injury, that you were not using the product in its intended manner, or that you knew of the defect but continued to use the product anyway.

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Law Library Staff

  • Peter Clarke

    LegalMatch Law Library Managing Editor

    Attorney at Law