RE: Why do we put so many warnings in our manuals?

Subject: RE: Why do we put so many warnings in our manuals?
From: "Kight, Cindy K." <Cindy -dot- Kight -at- Gilbarco -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2002 15:12:12 -0700

No, the courts aren't always right. We abide by them, but they're not
always right. And sometimes they ARE ridiculous, and we have every right
express our disagreements.

Innocent people have been unjustly imprisoned or condemned to death. Guilty
people sometimes get away with it. (Sadly, it appears that such a case may
have happened here in California, resulting the tragic death of an innocent

Product liability laws were passed to protect consumers. But this has been
abused. The mentality that one should 'stick it to the big corporations'
because they can 'afford it' drives many lawsuits and costs us all money in
the long run. Unfortunately, not all juries see this. Fortunately, there
is an appeals process.

Cindy Kight
Technical Communications Manager
RMS Group - Gilbarco, Inc.
Glendale, CA

"Kight, Cindy K." <Cindy -dot- Kight -at- Gilbarco -dot- com> writes:

> <Unlike many of the...well, self-righteous, ignorant blowhards is too
> strong....posters on this subject, I've been involved in a product
> lawsuit involving improper instructions. >
> This sounds like a legitimate product liability issue.

It isn't up to you, or me, or anyone on the list to define legally a product
liability issue. That's for the court system.

> But don't get down on the rest of the list. No one has said anything
> legitimate warnings or actual product liability.

Uh, yeah they at a fast-food, dentists, medical

> But the fact that a company now has to warn users not to iron their
> while wearing them because some airhead did that and sued them IS
> ridiculous.

And what happened? Did the court hold for the airhead or the iron
manufacturer. The United States of America is a wonderful country. Anyone
can take their case to court, but not everyone can win. It's like the
answer Sister Mary Ignatius gave when asked "Why doesn't God answer my
prayers?" God always answers our prayers, but most of the time the answer
is "No."

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