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Writing for Inside Counsel, David Ferrera, Robyn Maguire and Valérie Imparato Analyze Legal Issues Generated by Additive Manufacturing

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10.17.2016 | Article

David Ferrera, a partner in Nutter’s Litigation Department and chair of the firm’s Product Liability and Toxic Tort Litigation practice group, Robyn Maguire, partner in Nutter’s Litigation Department and a member of the firm’s Product Liability and Toxic Tort Litigation and Business Litigation practice groups, and Valérie Imparato, an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department, authored an article on products liability in the digital age in Inside Counsel. In the article, “Products Liability in the Digital Age: Legal Issues Generated by Additive Manufacturing,” David, Robyn and Valérie note that although products liability laws are slightly different from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, new legal questions are beginning to arise with the advent of additive manufacturing (AM). They point out that there remains much uncertainty in the current law surrounding AM. Some other legal issues to explore include the role of contributory negligence, potential spoliation of evidence for custom products, issues stemming from open source CAD files where the designer of the CAD file is unknown, as well as how AM may change indemnity and insurance agreements insofar as cost sharing is concerned.

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