We pick up our discussion of effective limited warranties by addressing limitations of remedies.
Uniform Commercial Code
In our last installment in this series, we looked at the express warranty portion of an effective limited warranty. We now turn our attention to the importance of shortening the limitations period for bringing a warranty claim. Please remember that, for our purposes here, we’re assuming a non-consumer sale.
Pat and I recently had the opportunity to publish an article with Practical Law, called “Manufacturing Custom-made Goods in the United States.”
In our last installment, I introduced the importance of making your warranty terms clear. Now, we turn to the specifics, beginning with the express warranty itself. Here are some of the boxes you need to check when reviewing your express warranty.
It’s a sad fact of life at companies and law firms that sometimes things are done a certain way just because that’s how they’ve always been done. Part of the reason this column spends so much time talking about your terms and conditions, however, is because that’s dangerous: how you do things now should be informed by the past, but not bound by the past.
Manufacturers and lessors of equipment and other products doing business in Missouri can take heart that the Eighth Circuit has issued its third opinion in the past year applying Missouri’s economic loss doctrine to bar negligent misrepresentation claims in cases involving allegedly defective or unsuitable products.
I’m going to break my self-imposed rule of writing for manufacturers instead of lawyers. This post is some pretty in-the-weeds stuff, but the topic has been on my mind and I think it’s interesting. If you have opinions on it, I’d love to hear them.
Expanding on our recent discussion about how your shipping terms can affect risk of loss in the product you sell, let’s turn to other contract provisions that implicate the same issue: sales on approval or return.
It’s inevitable: at some point, you will ship goods to your buyer, and the buyer will complain that they don’t conform to the contract specifications. When you’re dealing with a small shipment or a great customer, often the simplest solution is to accept the return and send replacement goods. Other times, however, you’ll be dealing with a major shipment or a problem customer, and you must be certain that you protect yourself while responding to the customer’s concerns.
In recent installments of the Manufacturer’s Corner, we have discussed how to protect yourself from insolvent customers and how your shipping terms can expose you to unexpected risk. Thanks to the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, we can explore how those two issues play together.