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The Useful Life Defense: Embracing The Idea That All Products Eventually Grow Old And Die, Charles E. Cantú Jan 2001

The Useful Life Defense: Embracing The Idea That All Products Eventually Grow Old And Die, Charles E. Cantú

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To date, no jurisdiction has adopted the useful life defense as part of its common law. Perhaps the time has come to reconsider this position and accept the logical consequences of such a defensive concept. At some point, natural deterioration, rather than a defect in design, manufacturing, or marketing, is the cause of a plaintiff’s injury. Combining the useful life defense with the reasonable expectation theory removes the burden of uniformly determining when a given product is legally dead. The reasonable expectations doctrine places the responsibility for determining the useful life of a product where it belongs—in the ...