If I’m injured or a loved one is killed by a defective product, against whom can I make a claim?Under California law, you can bring a claim against any company or individual that’s in what we call the ‘chain of commerce’ of that product. From the manufacturer of that product, to the company that designed it, to the company that distributes it, to the company that sells it at a local store. Any one of those companies or individuals that are in that chain of commerce of the product are liable under California law if that product is found to be a defective product.
So for example, a product could be designed by a company in Canada. Those design specifications are then sent to a company in the State of California to be manufactured, and then a distributing company ships those companies to Florida and other places beyond to a local store in New York city that sells that product. Any one of those companies or individuals that were in that crazy chain of commerce are liable if that product is found to be a defective product and someone is injured.