This writing assignment explores the doctrine of strict liability and defenses related to plaintiff responsibility.

This assignment supports the following lesson objectives:

  • Examine the doctrine of strict liability.
  • Identify common types of product defects.
  • Examine defenses related to plaintiff responsibility.

Assignment Overview
This writing assignment explores the doctrine of strict liability and defenses related to plaintiff responsibility.

Deliverables
1-page paper (approximately 250 words)

Activity Details
Perform the following tasks:

  • Step 1: Perform some research.
    Use the internet to research litigation against Blitz USA for explosions involving portable plastic gas cans.
  • Step 2: Write responses to the following essay questions.
    Based on your research, write a paper responding to the following questions:

    • In your opinion, could Blitz be held strictly liable in some or all of these cases? Why?
    • In your opinion, are the gas cans produced by Blitz defective due to the lack of a flame arrestor? If so, what type of product defect might apply?
    • Do you feel Blitz acted unethically by not installing a flame arrestor knowing that the risk existed for catastrophic injury if the product was not used properly? Explain your answer.
    • In some instances, users have admitted misusing the product by pouring gasoline out of the container directly onto an open flame. In these cases could Blitz still be held liable for the plaintiffs’ injuries? Does the plaintiff bear partial responsibility in these instances? If so, does this impact the plaintiff’s ability to recover damages?

Your paper should be 1 pages long (approximately 250 words) using a 12 point font.For each question above, explain and support your answer with a brief rationale including references from the text and/or other credible sources, each cited appropriately.