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Product liability and standard personal injury differences

Liebeck v. McDonald's Restaurants, was a product liability lawsuit. The jury awarded $2.7 million to the woman who burned herself with hot coffee. The trial judge reduced the total award, and the parties settled for a confidential amount before an appeal was decided.

How is a product liability case different from a standard personal injury case? Would arbitration have been a viable option in this case?

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Product liability is based on strict liability. Thus, if you can prove that the product is inherently dangerous, then you win the product liability case regardless of the ...

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Liebeck v. McDonald's Restaurants, was a product liability lawsuit. The jury awarded $2.7 million to the woman who burned herself with hot coffee. The trial judge reduced the total award, and the parties settled for a confidential amount before an appeal was decided.

How is a product liability case different from a standard personal injury case? Would arbitration have been a viable option in this case?

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