Products Liability Law in Minnesota: Design Defect and Failure to Warn Claims

61 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2010

Date Written: 1988


The Minnesota law of products liability underwent significant changes in the 1980s. The courts filled in gaps left open since the Minnesota Supreme Court initially adopted strict liability in McCormack v. Hankscraft Co.' in 1967, but they also raised new issues and left other issues open. This Article analyzes these developments in Minnesota products liability law. The broad focus is on standards in design and warning cases. In the course of the analysis, the Article focuses on the issues that had been left unsettled in Minnesota law in those areas. The Article first addresses the elements of a strict liability claim and then analyzes the standards in design defect and failure to warn cases, and finally, briefly comments on the relationship between design defect and warning claims.

Keywords: Strict Liability, Negligence, Defective Design, Implied Warranty, Mccormack v. Hankscraft CO., Nondelegable Duties, Failure To Warn, Obvious Danger, Manufacturer

Suggested Citation

Steenson, Michael K., Products Liability Law in Minnesota: Design Defect and Failure to Warn Claims (1988). William Mitchell Law Review, Vol. 14, No. 3, pp. 443-502, 1988, William Mitchell Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1988-02, Available at SSRN:

Michael K. Steenson (Contact Author)

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