The beginning point will be an examination of the existing theories of manufacturer's liability namely, negligence, contract warranty and strict liability. For example purposes, Ohio law will be used to illustrate the interpretative development of the law and its application. Ohio is a legitimate jurisdiction for this purpose. It has been a pace-setting jurisdiction in the development of the law and has arrived at the point of accepting the concept of strict liability for defective products. Furthermore, the evolution of product liability law in Ohio typifies the pattern that has occurred or is occurring in a majority of the other states. A bench mark in this article will be the decision of the Supreme Court of Ohio in Lonzrick v. Republic Steel 7 in which the concept of strict liability for defective products emerged. The major emphasis of the article will be an analysis of the developments in the law within and without Ohio since the decision in Lonzrick. The purpose of this analysis will be to determine the current direction and effect of the law of product liability in those jurisdictions that subscribe to the concept of strict liability. Of primary concern will be the identification, if any, of the limitations on manufacturers' liability. In conclusion, a summary of findings and recommendations for clarification of the law of product liability will be offered.
Jenkins, Donald M.
"The Product Liability of Manufacturers: An Understanding and Exploration,"
Akron Law Review: Vol. 4
, Article 7.
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