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Products Liability

Learn about products liability in sports, including liability for defective sports equipment.


Sports equipment is used by a variety of athletes with varying skill levels, from professional athletes to children who may be playing catch in their backyard. Just like any other type of product, sports equipment may be defective or cause harm to users. After a person is injured or harmed by a product, the seller, manufacturer, or designer may be found liable under the theory of defective product design, breach of warranty, or strict liability.

I. Defective Product Design

Imagine that an...