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Liriano v. Hobart Corp.

Court of Appeals of New York
700 N.E.2d 303 (1998)


Facts

Liriano (plaintiff) lost his hand in an accident involving a meat grinder sold and manufactured by Hobart Corp. (defendant). Liriano’s employer had removed the grinder’s safety guard. There was no warning on the grinder about using it without the safety guard. Liriano sued Hobart for defective design and a failure to warn. The jury found that Liriano’s employer was 95 percent liable, and Hobart five percent liable, and apportioned one-third of the total responsibility to Liriano. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals certified the issue directly to this court, of whether a manufacturer could be held liable for failing to warn of the consequences of modifying the product.

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