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The Role of Misuse in Consumer Product Safety

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Date Published

September 24, 2020


Illinois Defense Counsel


Product Liability


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The role of product misuse, or consumer use in ways not intended or sanctioned by a manufacturer, has different significance when considered for regulation or the common law model. What role does misuse play in federal consumer product safety regulation? Are there limitations, and what can manufacturers do to mitigate product liability and regulatory exposure?

Attorneys attending this program will learn:

  • How the role of consumer misuse in product liability law differs from federal product safety law
  • The role of causation in product liability law contrasted with federal product safety law
  • Case law supporting prospective and retrospective federal action to address consumer misuse of products
  • Contrasting the role of consumer misuse in federal rule-making with recalls
  • Limitations of consumer misuse predicating CPSC action
  • Product safety management techniques to minimize or mitigate product liability and regulatory risk
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    Joseph P. Mohorovic, CPSM
    Senior Managing Consultant - ESi

    Joe Mohorovic is a Senior Managing Consultant in ESi’s Safety and Risk Assessment Practice Group. He specializes in adverse... Read More

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    Program Titles and Supporting Materials

    This program contains the following components:

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    How to Attend

    Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like. Please note: Internet Explorer is no longer a supported browser. We recommend using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari for best results.

    Technical Requirements
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