“Pretrial Battles in Product Liability Cases”
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin 10/13/15 By Anthony P. Steinike
Below is an excerpt:
Prevailing on questions of admissibility is critical to success in defending products liability cases.
The purpose of this article is to address certain types of evidence that plaintiffs regularly — and improperly — try to get before the jury in these cases. These usual suspects include customer complaints, warranty claims and plaintiffs’ post-accident statements concerning the cause of the incident.
Customer complaints and warranty claims
Many manufacturers, in an effort to improve customer satisfaction, create a record of customer complaints made either directly to the manufacturer or to third-party retailers. Most manufacturers also maintain records related to the warranty claims they process and pay.
Originally published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, October 13, 2015