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Olson v. Prosoco, Inc.

Supreme Court of Iowa
522 N.W.2d 284 (1994)


David Olson (plaintiff) was using mortar cleaner manufactured by Prosoco, Inc. (Prosoco) (defendant). Olson dropped the drum holding the cleaner, causing the stopper to pop out and acid to splash into his eye. Olson lost sight in his eye. Olson brought suit against Prosoco for failure to warn consumers against the improper closing and moving of the drum of cleaner. Olson brought suit on theories of both negligence and strict liability. The trial court instructed the jury on both negligence and strict liability. The jury found in favor of Olson on both theories. Prosoco appealed, arguing that instructing the jury on both negligence and strict liability was improper in the context of a suit for failure to warn.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Snell, J.)

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