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Prentis v. Yale Manufacturing Co.

Michigan Supreme Court
365 N.W.2d 176 (Mich. 1984)


John Prentis (plaintiff) injured his hip when a forklift he was using caused him to fall. The forklift was manufactured by Yale Manufacturing Co. (Yale) (defendant) and Prentis brought suit, claiming that the fact that the forklift had no seat or platform for the user was a design defect. The trial court instructed the jury to consider Prentis’s defective design claim on a theory of negligence. The jury found in favor of Yale. Prentis appealed on the grounds that the jury did not also instruct the jury on breach of warranty. The court of appeals reversed. Yale appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Boyle, J.)

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