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When a dangerous or defective product gets sold on Amazon, who is liable?

Under products liability law, anyone involved in the sale or distribution of a dangerous or defective product may be considered strictly liable for any harm that product causes. "Strict liability" basically means that the injured person need not prove the company was negligent. It is enough that they sold or distributed a faulty product that harmed someone.

Is ammonium nitrate safe to store?

Before a large amount of ammonium nitrate fertilizer exploded recently in Beirut, Lebanon, many people were unaware of how dangerous the compound can be. The fertilizer is an odorless, crystalline material that is also used as an industrial explosive.

Another setback for J&J in cancer claims related to talc products

Plaintiffs have filed over 20,000 lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, many of which claim that their talc products are contaminated with asbestos and caused ovarian cancer or mesothelioma with routine use. About 1,000 ovarian cancer claims are filed in state court in New Jersey, where J&J is headquartered. J&J has intentionally worked to transfer much of the talc cases to New Jersey, hoping for home-court advantage.

Do I have to cooperate with sobriety checkpoints?

In Tennessee, law enforcement has the legal authority to set up sobriety checkpoints. These are blocked areas of the road where every driver, or every few drivers, is stopped so officers can try to detect if the driver is intoxicated. If you are pulled over at a DUI checkpoint, however, you have rights and you should exercise them.

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