Product Distributor Liability: Some Different Scenarios

In an article for ID Access, Denis Stearns addresses liability for product distributors. He uses examples to further illustrate product distributor liability in practical scenarios such as in the case of when a distributor transports E. coli-contaminated lettuce or ground beef from a producer to a retailer. Central to his writing is the concept of a pass-through statute, of which he writes: What pass-through statutes do—when they work as intended—is help the plaintiff to find out the identity of the manufacturer in situations where that information might otherwise be hard to learn. The statute also protects non-manufacturing defendants avoid the cost and disruption of litigation, or at least most of it.

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