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Calif. Supreme Court adopts "sophisticated user" defense

The Supreme Court of California has adopted the "sophisticated user" defense to negate a manufacturer's duty to warn of a product's potential danger. In Johnson v. American Standard, the court ruled April 4 that in cases where a plaintiff has or should have knowledge of a product's inherent dangers, this knowledge acts an exception to a manufacturer's duty to warn of the potential dangers associated with the product's use.

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