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

Merchandise, used as designed, shouldn’t hurt you or your property. This is a plain and simple declarative statement. It is true and no individual should question it. But, what if a product hurts me or damages a consumer or their property? In the United States, if a product damages people or damages property, its maker is strictly accountable for the harm the item induced. Product Liability is the liability of companies, marketers, merchants along with other resellers of faulty merchandise. Lawsuits submitted in opposition to these organizations for damage and harm cause by defective products are called Product Liability lawsuits.

Often people 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. Other times individuals think that hiring experts to analyze their claims will be so pricey they couldn’t afford to pursue their claims about defective products. The remedy to both issues lies in pursuing these lawsuits as class action claims.

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

Lawyers who would not agree to speak for one or a couple of owners that invested in a faulty product will consent to represent the 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. Attorneys that specialize in class actions generally advance the price and expert witness fees required to advance the class’ claims.

Lawyers that stand for classes of consumers are paid 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 approval.

Examples of Pennsylvania 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 sold to a customer that is defective and has or is significantly likely to result in injury to a person or damage to property can be prosecuted in a product liability lawsuit.

Many states have consumer protection statutes that forbid a company from making misrepresentations or camouflaging information regarding 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 rights, albeit more restricted than you would think. These rights can be declared against producers, suppliers and web-based businesses that make misrepresentations and omissions. This is true whether or not the misrepresentation or omission is about an inexpensive product or service. In the context of a class action small and fairly large individual damages can be restored against large corporations.

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