Product liability law, or “products liability,” refers to the liability of the constituents of a manufacturing chain for any damages done by defective or dangerous products, whether the danger was known or unknown. These parties could include the manufacturer of the product, its distributors, wholesalers and even its vendors. Liability lawsuits stem from damage that is done to a consumer after using a product, even if the consumer isn’t the owner of the product. Traditionally, suits were centered on tangible items such as vehicles, toys, jewelry, cellular telephones, and garage doors, for example. However, in recent years this liability has increased to include other forms such as fumes from hairspray or a can of spray paint, someone’s family pet or inaccurate road maps. With such a broad array of issues falling beneath the area of product liability, it is important for practicing lawyers to stay current on the hot topic issues of today.