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Illinois Product Liability Attorneys


What Is Product Liability; What Is A Product Liability Lawsuit and Can They Be Brought As a Illinois Class Action Suit When A Person’s Individual Damages Are Not Large?

Merchandise, used as designed, should not damage you or your property. This is a plain and simple declarative statement. It is true and no individual should question it. But, imagine if a product injures me or damages a person or their property? In the United States, if an item wounds people or damages property, its maker is totally accountable for damages the item induced. Product Liability is the legal responsibility of suppliers, vendors, stores and other resellers of faulty goods. Cases filed in opposition to these organizations for damage and harm cause by defective goods are called Product Liability lawsuits.

Often clients think that the attorney fee they would owe to pursue their lawsuits about defective products will be too large to justify employing an attorney. Other times buyers think that hiring professionals to analyze their claims will be so pricey they couldn’t afford to follow their lawsuits concerning faulty products. The remedy to both problems lies in pursuing these claims as class action claims.

In a class action one or a few people who own defective products that were sold to many file suit on behalf of themselves and all other people that purchased the same merchandise. The individual that files the suit, who is named in the claim, is termed the class representative. He/she “represents” all of the other product owners, the “class members,” who are collectively called the “class.”

Attorneys who would not agree to represent one or a couple of owners that invested in a faulty product will agree to represent the consumer that is willing to be a “class representative” who is prepared to act in a representative capacity on account of all of the other product owners. Lawyers specializing in class actions typically advance the price and expert witness fees needed to advance the class’ claims.

Lawyers that represent classes of consumers are compensated by the company that is sued, the defendant, either from the settlement common fund, or pursuant to agreement, which is at the mercy of the Court acceptance.

Examples of Illinois product liability or defective product class actions include the following:

Frontload Washers: Electrolux, Frigidaire, Bosch, Siemens, Maytag, Whirlpool, Samsung, LG
Residential Windows: International, Merzon, Champagne, Viking, Pella & Marvin
Computers: Apple, HP & Dell
Tires: Bridgestone Tire
Roof Tiles: Monier, LifeTile, MonierLifeTile, US Tile, Pioneer, GAF
Microwave Ovens: General Electric

Almost any product available to a buyer that is defective and has or is significantly prone to result in injury to a person or property damage can be charged in a defective products lawsuit.

Many states have consumer protection laws that forbid a company from making misrepresentations or disguising information about a products characteristics, uses, benefits, sponsorship, approvals, quality, grade or standard. Good examples of this are “Our windows won’t leak,” “Your clothes will be cleaner, smell fresher and look brighter after you use a (insert manufacturer’s name) frontload washer” or “After you install a (insert manufacturers name) roof, you’l never need another one.”

Customers have rights, although more limited than you’d probably think. These legal rights can be asserted against companies, suppliers and web-based organizations that make misrepresentations and omissions. This is true whether or not the misrepresentation or omission is about an inexpensive service or product. In the context of a class action small and fairly substantial individual damages can be recovered against large corporations.

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