December 05, 2011 Articles

Illinois Supreme Court Clarifies Duty Analysis in Negligent Product Design Cases

The key issue in a negligent design case is whether the manufacturer exercised reasonable care in designing the product

By Jason P. Eckerly

In the recent Illinois Supreme Court case Jablonski v. Ford Motor Co., 2011 IL 110,096, 955 N.E.2d 1138 (Ill. 2011), the court attempted to clarify what was slowly becoming a gray area: the duty analysis in a negligent product design case.

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