Judicial decisions, as well as statutory enactments, have removed many of the traditional stumbling blocks which formerly hampered an injured plaintiff's recovery against the manufacturer of a defective product. Concomitantly, the past few decades have seen a dramatic increase in the number of product liability suits brought by injured consumers directly against manufacturers. These product liability suits have involved the full range of manufactured products and have proceeded under three basic theories of recovery. While no single type of product, either because of its use or purpose, has been immune from products liability suits, some types of products have special relationships between manufacturer and consumer which affect the theory of recovery.
Barbara P. Flannagan,
Products Liability: The Continued Viability of the Learned Intermediary Rule as it Applies to Product Warnings for Prescription Drugs,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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