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Products Liability

Successor Liability and the Long-Lived Product

When is a successor company liable for the torts of its predecessor? The question can be a thorny one, and each state has its own take on the issue.

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When is a successor company liable for the torts of its predecessor? The question can be a thorny one, and each state has its own take on the issue. A recent New York case gave a federal district court the chance to decipher that state’s legislative and case law, allowing it to conclude that not only was the machine that caused the injury properly made at the time is was manufactured, but also that the current owner of the assets of the company that made it could not be held responsible for a plaintiff’s injuries.

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