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3-D Printing Set to Disrupt Products Liability Law

May 24, 2016

The Legal Intelligencer
By Max Mitchell

The concept of the traditional supply chain, with a designer, manufacturer, distributor and purchaser, forms the backbone of products liability law. But with the rise of 3-D printing, where a person may design and essentially manufacture a ­product in his or her garage, the traditional supply chain goes out the window, along with many basic notions about strict liability.

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Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads attorney Jeremy Mishkin said he expects there will be a lot of “creative lawyering” when it comes to 3-D printing, but proactive approaches will be ­helpful in avoiding some of these issues at the outset.

“Preventative medicine is very much on the front of the minds of the companies in the manufacturing world today,” Mishkin said.

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