Craft beers and honey meads have both become very popular in the last decade and quite a few independent labels have started off with little more than a recipe and a home brewing kit.
We've previously mentioned the dangers of lithium ion batteries in this blog. Now, that danger is making news here in New Jersey, due to lawsuits by four people injured in separate accidents with exploding e-cigarettes.
Lithium-ion batteries are tiny miracles of science—unlike expensive disposable batteries, lithium-ion batteries are virtually endlessly rechargeable. They're also lightweight and fairly powerful. Unfortunately, they also have a nasty habit of catching fire when they're overcharged or short circuit.
In our previous blog post, we discussed how crafts can sometimes be a liability for the person who is selling them. That brings up the important point regarding goods that aren't mass made -- these products can be dangerous for the people who use them. Even in these cases, a product liability lawsuit might be in order.
The rise of online sales has opened the door up for the craft market. While craft shows do still exist, many people have turned to online sellers where they can list products, find customers all over the country -- or all over the world -- and then ship them out. This makes it easier to sell some niche products because the potential customer base is so much larger.
In our last blog post, we discussed what is required by law to be present in consumer warranties. Those warranties are important to consumers, and they can play a part in product liability claims if a consumer is harmed by a product. That, however, is only one part of the puzzle when you decide to seek compensation.
Companies providing services and products aren't legally required to provide warranty coverage. If they do offer a warranty, however, they have to follow federal guidelines spelled out in the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, which was originally enacted in 1975.
Prior to 1978, residential homes were often painted with lead paint. In 1978, the government banned the use of this type of paint in homes because it was determined that the lead in the paint posed a danger. That didn't mean that lead paint was removed from the homes and office buildings. Instead, it only meant that new lead paint couldn't be used when the buildings were repainted.
Medical devices and products, such as surgical implants, organ transplants, prosthetics and equipment, are crucial components of medical care in the United States. In many cases, these items are used without any adverse reactions. There are some instances in which defective items can have a negative impact on the patient's overall health.
The design phase of developing a new product requires that the designer take the time to ensure that the product is safe for the public to use. When the designer tries to move through the process too quickly or without enough thought, there is a chance that the product might cause injuries to the people who use it.