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DTCI: Providing Instructions Under the IPLA

The Indiana Product Liability Act (IPLA) can prove confusing for litigants unfamiliar with its many nuances. While the burden of proving duty, breach, causation, and damages rests with the plaintiff in a civil action, in practice, defense attorneys are often tasked with extricating a defendant that has no duty of care with respect to the specific claims brought against it.

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DTCI: Risk assessment and hazard analysis: making products defendable

Manufacturers operating in an international market must be prepared to defend their products in any venue. Risk assessment and hazard analysis is a “prepackaged” tool the manufacturer can use in defending product liability lawsuits; it shows how the manufacturer considered and accounted for risk at every stage of the design process.

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Seeking a safe harbor: Manufacturers call for liability protections amid COVID-19 efforts

As the novel coronavirus began its spread across the United States, virtually every industry adjusted operations. That includes the manufacturing industry, which was faced with the dichotomy of the need for layoffs and the need for additional output. But as these businesses have aided in the effort to slow the spread of the virus, industry experts say there’s a shadow over their work: the fear of liability lawsuits.

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Indiana sues distributors in opioid epidemic

One day after three opioid distributors reached a $260 million tentative settlement with two Ohio counties, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill filed a lawsuit also seeking damages from the same three companies, AmerisourceBergen Drug Corp., Cardinal Health and McKesson Corp.

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