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Item Warning Labels and Security Against Liability Lawsuits We've all purchased a new consumer product with several labels, stickers, and merchandise inserts containing warnings, disclaimers and oversimplified instructions. The warnings can really be humorous at times as exemplified in the following examples: · On Sears hair dryer: Don't use while sleeping · On Marks & Spencer Bread Pudding: Product will be hot after heating. · On Rowenta Iron: Don't iron clothes on body. · On Nytol (a sleep aid): Warning: May cause drowsiness. · On a Swedish chainsaw: Don't effort to prevent chainsaw with your hands. (http://www.tagmag.com/spam) Obviously, using a little common sense, your ordinary consumer can prevent the injuries which the above statements are attempting to warn against. An individual can argue that these warnings provide security to the manufacturers against suits based upon personal injury. There are lots of infamous cases where damages were awarded to consumers due to a personal injury resulting from what is promised to be neglect, failure to warn or even a product flaw. According to public opinion, some of these suits are frivolous and are causing the decline of the civil justice system. An examination of cases against tobacco companies will provide us with some conflicting information regarding product warning labels. Do they supply manufacturers with adequate protection against this sort of litigation? By regulation, product manufacturers are responsible to give a sensible warning once the product they produce presents a foreseeable risk of harm or injury. Courts utilize the following things to consider a manufacturer's responsibility to warn: "the magnitude or seriousness of the possible harm, the.