Black letter products liability law requires a party to be within the “chain of distribution” in order to be liable under theories of strict liability or breach of warranty for an injury caused by a defective product.1 Since New York law essentially collapses the two distinct bodies of tort law—strict products liability and negligent product design/manufacture—into one standard,2 a significant question is posed as to whether the party who is responsible for the design, if outside the chain of distribution, may be sued by a person injured by a defective product that was manufactured and distributed by others.
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