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California Adopts the Sophisticated Intermediary Doctrine

In a recent opinion, the Supreme Court of California formally adopted the Sophisticated Intermediary Doctrine, clarifying what circumstances may permit a raw materials supplier to discharge its duty to warn consumers. Webb...more

Sophisticated User Defense Does Not Extend to Salesman

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Richard Moran III v. Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (April 13, 2016) - In 2008, the California Supreme Court unanimously held that the “sophisticated user” defense...more

Defence & Indemnity - February 2016: Liability Issues: A sports liability waiver provides an effective defence in a fitness...

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Urbanson v. Western Canadian Place, 2016 ABQB 32, per Master Prowse - I. FACTS AND ISSUES - The Plaintiff was injured while using a treadmill that malfunctioned. She sued HSG Health Systems Group Limited as the...more

Product Liability Alert: “Sophisticated User” Defense Not Available by Showing Existence of a “Sophisticated Intermediary”

In Gottschall v. Crane Co., (No. A136516, Filed 10/8/2014, published 10/22/2014), the Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, held a company that manufactured and sold asbestos-containing products could not prevail under...more

Weekly Law Resume - The Sophisticated User Defense Does Not Automatically Apply to an Employee of a Sophisticated Employer

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Anne Pfeifer v. John Crane, Inc. - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Four (October 29, 2013) - JCI appealed from a judgment awarding plaintiffs William and Anne Pfeifer over $21 million dollars in...more

Weekly Law Resume - January 2014: Torts – Negligence – Sophisticated User Defense

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Buckner v. Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation - Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District (December 20, 2013) - In Johnson v American Standard (2008) 43 Cal.4th 56, the California Supreme Court first recognized the...more

California Court of Appeal Holds Intermediary’s Sophistication Not Sufficient, as a Matter of Law, to Avoid Supplier’s Liability...

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On October 29, 2013, the California Court of Appeal affirmed as proper a trial court’s refusal to give defendant John Crane, Inc.’s (Crane’s) requested jury instruction on the “sophisticated user” defense. In Anne Pfeifer, et...more

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