Craig Liljestrand Authors Article on California Supreme Court's Recently Adopted Intermediary Doctrine

June 23, 2016

Craig T. Liljestrand, a Chicago-based partner in the Product Liability practice area at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, authored the article, "Tort Warning Doctrine Gets New Blessing," published by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin on June 23, 2016. Since 2012, Mr. Liljestrand has published a monthly column within the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin entitled, "Toxic Tort Talk".

The article discuses the recent formally adopted intermediary doctrine as described in the Restatement of Torts. Mr. Liljestrand discuses the specifics of the doctrine stating " a supplier may discharge its duty to warn end users about known or knowable risks in the use of its product if it (1) provides adequate warnings to the product's immediate purchaser, or sells to a sophisticated purchaser that it knows is aware or should be aware of the specific danger, and (2) reasonably relies on the purchaser to convey appropriate warnings to downstream users who will encounter the product." The article then examines the case where this doctrine was adopted in Webb, et al. v. Special Electric Co. Inc., No. S209927 (CA 2016). 

Read the full article, "Tort Warning Doctrine Gets New Blessing," on the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin website. Please note a subscription is required. 

Craig Liljestrand has extensive experience in the areas of toxic tort, products liability and environmental litigation. He is recognized for his litigation and trial skills in the areas of asbestos, silica, welding fumes, lead paint and occupational disease claims. 

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is a U.S. law firm with 450 attorneys located in 11 states and London. Founded in 1934, the firm has a national reputation for its insurance industry work, its representation of professionals and law firms, and its closely coordinated business advisory, transactional and litigation services. We serve clients ranging from emerging and middle-market businesses to Fortune 500 companies, as well as governmental and public sector clients.