This note examines the problem of products liability in the context of modern corporate practice. First, this note addresses products liability doctrine and its underlying rationale. Next, the note focuses on the conflict between the policies underlying the products liability doctrine and the traditional successor liability rules. Finally, this note examines the manner in which the modern rule resolves this inherent conflict and Meisel’s effect on that rule, concluding that the Washington courts should adopt the modern rule without limitations.
Robert C. Manlowe, Successor Liability in Washington: When a Successor Should be Liable for a Predecessor's Products Liability—Meisel v. M & N Modern Hydraulic Press Company, 6 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 323 (1983).