Suing cellphone makers over car crashes

by Walter Olson on December 8, 2009

The New York Times publicizes a possible new front for product liability litigation [sidebar, yesterday's p. 1 story]

P.S. A long, must-read post from Russell Jackson, who was quoted in the article: “Various Defenses Should Make Cell Phone Suit Untenable“.

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12.09.09 at 3:19 am


1 charles 12.08.09 at 8:55 am

Really? This is absurd. How can it possibly the cell phone companies fault?
The girl is suing the cell phone companies for the death of her mother which was caused by another driver who was attempting to multitask.
So if spill my McDonald’s coffee in my lap and it burns we so I swerve my car and hit someone can they sue the man who grew the beans for the coffee?

2 Bob Lipton 12.08.09 at 9:19 am

No, you can’t sue the coffee growers because they don’t have enough money. Go for Comex.


3 Ron Miller 12.08.09 at 10:35 am

Just silly.

4 Mark Biggar 12.08.09 at 11:47 am

Don’t forget to sue the manfactures of electric razors, cosmetics, and newspapers just ot list a few of the crazy things I’ve seen other drivers doing on teh freeway.

5 Commentor 12.08.09 at 12:56 pm

I want to sue the farmer who grew the pig that ultimately became the ham sandwich the other driver was eating when I had my car accident.

6 Bob Neal 12.08.09 at 10:28 pm

It’s all about who has the deep pockets and don’t want to spend the money to fight.

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