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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Design Defect Law in Illinois

In a great teaching case (pdf), the Illinois Supreme Court discussed, at length, the development of defective design standards.   In particular, the court examined the use of the risk-utility test versus the consumer-expectation test.  The court declined to adopt Section 2(b) of the Restatement (Third) of Torts: Products Liability, but found "its formulation of the risk-utility test to be instructive."  (Slip Op. at 30).   The court then adopted a formulation of the risk-utility test that incorporates consumer-expectation as a factor consistent with comment (f) to the Restatement. 

Thanks to Mark Weber (DePaul) for bringing this case to our attention.

- SBS

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