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

Items, used as designed, shouldn’t harm you or your property. This is a plain and simple declarative statement. It is true and no customer should doubt it. But, what if a product injures me or harms a consumer or their property? In the United States, if a product damages people or damages property, its manufacturer is strictly accountable for damages the product caused. Product Liability is the legal responsibility of makers, marketers, retailers and other resellers of defective merchandise. Cases submitted in opposition to these entities for damage and harm cause by defective items are called Product Liability lawsuits.

Frequently consumers think that the attorney fee they would owe to pursue their claims about faulty products will be too big to justify hiring an attorney. Other times buyers think that hiring professionals to analyze their lawsuits will be so pricey they couldn’t afford to go after their claims regarding faulty products. The answer to both issues lies in pursuing these lawsuits as class action lawsuits.

In a class action one or a few people who own faulty products that were sold to many prosecute on behalf of themselves and all other people that bought the same merchandise. The person that files the lawsuit, who is named in the lawsuit, is called the class representative. He/she “represents” all of the other product owners, the “class members,” who are collectively known as the “class.”

Attorneys who would not agree to speak for one or a couple of owners that purchased a faulty product will agree to speak for a consumer that is prepared to be a “class representative” who is prepared to act in a representative capacity on behalf of all of the other product owners. Lawyers that specialize in class actions typically advance the charges and expert witness fees required to advance the class’ claims.

Attorneys that represent classes of customers 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 New Jersey 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

Nearly every item available to a purchaser which is faulty and has or is significantly likely to cause injury to a person or damage to property can be prosecuted in a defective products lawsuit.

Most states have consumer protection statutes that stop a company from creating misrepresentations or disguising information about a products characteristics, uses, benefits, sponsorship, approvals, quality, grade or standard. 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 would think. These legal rights can be asserted against producers, suppliers and web-based organizations that make misrepresentations and omissions. This holds 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 restored against large corporations.

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