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

Items, used as meant, shouldn’t harm you or your property. This is a plain and simple declarative statement. It is true and no customer should question it. But, imagine if a product hurts me or harms someone or their property? In the United States, if an item hurts people or damages property, its maker is purely accountable for damages the product induced. Product Liability is the liability of manufacturers, distributors, merchants and other resellers of faulty goods. Suits filed against these entities for damage and harm cause by faulty items are called Product Liability lawsuits.

Frequently consumers think that the lawyer fee they would owe to go after their lawsuits regarding defective products will be too large to justify hiring a lawyer. Additional times customers think that hiring specialists to examine their claims will be so expensive they couldn’t afford to pursue their lawsuits concerning defective products. The remedy to both problems lies within pursuing these claims as class action lawsuits.

In a class action one or a few people who own faulty products which were marketed to many prosecute on behalf of themselves and all other people that bought the same merchandise. The individual that files the lawsuit, who is named in the claim, is known as 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 purchased a faulty product will agree to represent the consumer that is willing to be a “class representative” who is willing to act in a representative capacity on behalf of all of the other product owners. Attorneys specializing in class actions generally advance the expenses and expert witness fees required to advance the class’ claims.

Lawyers that represent classes of consumers are paid by the company that is sued, the defendant, either from the settlement common fund, or pursuant to agreement, all of which is be subject to the Court approval.

Examples of Ohio 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 consumer which is faulty and has or is substantially prone to result in injury to a person or property damage can be sued in a defective products lawsuit.

Many states have consumer protection statutes which prohibit a company from creating misrepresentations or concealing 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.”

Consumers have legal rights, although more limited than you would think. These legal rights can be asserted against producers, retailers and web-based businesses that make misrepresentations and omissions. This is true even if the misrepresentation or omission is about an inexpensive product or service. In the context of a class action small and fairly substantial individual damages can be recovered against large corporations.

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