daly v general motors corp

1978). The conclusion is inescapable that the majority, in avoiding approval of comparative negligence in name as a defense to products liability, are thereby originating a new defense that can only be described as comparative products liability. The problems are more appropriately resolved at the trial level in a practical manner instead of a theoretical solution at appellate level. Recently, we ourselves in Barker v. Lull (1978) ante, pp. The Act does not produce a practical formula, or any formula at all, by which the jury can avoid the task of employing conjecture, surmise and speculation in seeking to compare noncomparable factors that make up the Act's concept of total "fault." Under the circumstances before us, we conclude that it would be manifestly unfair to make the present opinion effective as of the finality of Li. 824-825.) Defendants' experts countered with their opinions that the force of the impact was sufficiently strong that it would have caused the door to open resulting in Daly's death even if the Opel had been equipped with door latches of the alternative designs suggested by plaintiffs. General Motors (w skrócie GM) – amerykański koncern motoryzacyjny założony 16 września 1908 roku zajmujący się m.in. 3d 760] persuasion and purchased the defective object in the first instance. Having undertaken the legislative function by repudiating contributory negligence and adopting comparative fault, we have abandoned our traditional deference to legislative province and to stare decisis. [6] We further conclude that, under the particular circumstances, comparative principles cannot be applied retroactively to the instant case in order to justify admission of the intoxication and "nonuse" evidence here challenged. Mosley v. General Motors Corp.. Facts: Mosley and nine others brought actions individually and as class representatives alleging that their guaranteed rights were denied by General Motors Corp. and the automobile worker's union through racial discrimination in employment practices. And they have understood the reason behind the distinction between negligence of any party and products liability. The result, however delicately described, is to dilute the defect of the article by elevating the conduct of the wounded consumer to an issue of equal significance. 3.50 (1975 rev. (59 Cal.2d at p. 1978) California Supreme Court | March 16, 1978 | Also cited by 210 other opinions; 2 references to Mah See v. North American Acc. B. E. Olson Corp., supra, 8 Cal.3d at p. 133). Li effectively pointed out that the existing contributory negligence system placed on one party the entire burden of a loss for which two were responsible (13 Cal.3d at p. 810, fn. 2d 80, 90; Traynor, The Ways and Meanings of Defective Products and Strict Liability (1965) 32 Tenn.L.Rev. B. E. Olson Corp., supra, 8 Cal.3d at p. 133, italics added; Greenman v. Yuba Power Products, Inc., supra, 59 Cal.2d at p. 63; Escola v. Coca Cola Bottling Co. (1944) 24 Cal. There is no common denominator by which factors such as pounds, circles, quarts, triangles, inches, and squares can be added together for a total so that a determination can be made of the percentage contribution of each to the total. Supreme Court of California. 3d 745], While initially evidence bearing on decedent's intoxication was excluded, other evidence pertaining to the decedent's alleged failure to employ seat belts and door locks was admitted, apparently on the ground that nonuse of safety devices bore on the issues of proximate cause and mitigation of damages. 3d 730]. These include, from the academic community: Wade, A Uniform Comparative Fault Act -- What Should It Provide? But a rose is a rose and negligence is negligence; thus the majority find that despite semantic camouflage they must rely on Li v. Yellow Cab Co. (1975) 13 Cal. Rptr. 858, 532 P.2d 1226, 78 A.L.R.3d 393], even though Li is purely and simply a negligence case which merely rejects contributory negligence and substitutes therefor comparative negligence. The jury will be required to determine percentages of fault with respect to all the parties (and perhaps some nonparties) by seeking to compare and evaluate the conduct of certain parties with the product of other parties to produce 100 percent of fault as the necessary starting point in order to calculate a reduction in the damages suffered by each plaintiff found to be negligent. 3d 136, 145 [104 Cal. The jury will then be told to determine what percentage each of these factors contributes to reach the 100 percent total. (Horn v. General Motors Corp., supra, 17 Cal.3d at pp. Logic failing, is there a hope that juries, or judges when juries are waived, will arrive at consistent results? When we substitute a defective product for one of the drivers' negligence, we neither add to nor subtract from the difficulty of the comparison, and the problem of comparison is the same whether we compare different negligent acts or compare a negligent act to a defect. Plaintiffs contended that evidence of Daly's intoxication, or of his failure to use available safety devices, was wholly inadmissible since contributory negligence was not a defense to an action founded in strict liability for a defective product. Nonetheless, rather than attempt to anticipate every variant and nuance of circumstance and party that may invoke comparative principles in a strict products liability context, we deem it wiser to await a case-by-case evolution in the application of the broad principles herein expressed. Moreover, we are further encouraged in our decision herein by noting that the apparent majority of scholarly commentators has urged adoption of the rule which we announce herein. Rptr. Rptr. However phrased, these decisions emphasize the need to consider the product as an integrated whole. [20 Cal. Under this form, the jury is first required to answer "yes" or "no" to a series of questions setting forth possible bases for a finding that vessel unseaworthiness was a proximate cause of the plaintiff's injuries. Apples and oranges do not warrant denial of loss apportionment -- they require establishing a better system of apportionment. 78, 551 P.2d 398], decided subsequent to Li, we retained, if only briefly, the separate system of defenses applicable to strict products liability. Rptr. We cite this form as illustrative of one technique by which the court and jury may approach the task of apportionment. (Ibid.) Thus, the case involves a so-called "second collision" in which the "defect" did not [20 Cal. For the guidance of trial courts, we do note the existence, under rule 49(a), Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, of a form of special verdict tailored to cases applying the maritime doctrine of strict liability for unseaworthiness, to which we have referred. Rptr. The majority takes the position that, since Li v. Yellow Cab Co. (1975) 13 Cal. 3d 245, 253.) Listed below are the cases that are cited in this Featured Case. United States Supreme Court. 722, briefed 3/5/95 Prepared by Roger Martin (http://people.qualcomm.com/rmartin/)2. "[You will note that the person whose conduct we set up as a standard is not the extraordinarily cautious individual, nor the exceptionally skillful one, but a person of reasonable and ordinary prudence.]". ... Withal, seamen are the wards of the admiralty, whose traditional policy has been to avoid, within reasonable limits, the application of rules of the common law ...." (Id., at pp. Rptr. Rptr. To hold otherwise, in our view, would be to perpetuate a system which, as we noted in Li, Dean Prosser describes as placing "... upon one party the entire burden of a loss for which two are, by hypothesis, responsible." (Id., at p. 657-658.). 896, 391 P.2d 168]), and bailors (Price v. Shell Oil Co., supra, 2 Cal. 1 And in Luque v. McLean (1972) 8 Cal. (Mitchell v. Trawler Racer, Inc. (1960) 362 U.S. 539, 550 [4 L. Ed. (Li v. Yellow Cab Co., supra, 13 Cal.3d at p. 829; Westbrook v. Mihaly (1970) 2 Cal. As such, section 1 is revealing in two notable respects: in its clear definitional expression in subsection (b) that comparative principles are to be applied to cases of "strict tort liability," and in its substitution of the broad generic term "fault," in subsection (a), as including both negligence and strict liability. First, of course, the manufacturer cannot avoid its continuing liability for a defective product even when the plaintiff's own conduct has contributed to his injury. Name. It may relate to the doctrine that manufacturers should not be held accountable for misuses of their products that are not foreseeable. (Italics in original.). Eliminating two of the four defects by adoption of a discount system is worthy of the court's task. 3d 761] comparative products liability. As noted by many courts, the concept of "unseaworthiness" is not limited to or affected by notions of the shipowner's fault or due care, but applies to any deficiency of hull, equipment or crew, regardless of cause, which renders the ship less than reasonably fit for its intended purposes. By focusing on a policy of compensating injured plaintiffs, pointing out the difference between plaintiff and defendant negligence, and providing that plaintiff's recovery is to be diminished on the basis of his fault without regard to defense fairness, this court has departed from the Li principle, reflecting recognition of its shortcomings. (General Motors Corp. v. Hopkins (Tex. [2a] Those counseling against the recognition of comparative fault principles in strict products liability cases vigorously stress, perhaps equally, not only the conceptual, but also the semantic difficulties incident to such a course. We are convinced that in merging the two principles what may be lost in symmetry is more than gained in fundamental fairness. When he sues in strict products liability, however, his "assumption of risk" completely bars his recovery. The syllogism runs, contributory negligence was only a defense to negligence, comparative negligence only affects contributory negligence, therefore comparative negligence cannot be a defense to strict liability. Subsequently, the Greenman principle was incorporated in section 402A of the Restatement Second of Torts, and adopted by a majority of American jurisdictions. 760, 764, 23 S. Ct. 2d 240, 245 [53 Cal. [3a] In Li, we further reaffirmed our observation in Grey v. Fibreboard Paper Products Co. (1966) 65 Cal. Relevant Facts. Having examined the principal objections and finding them not insurmountable, and persuaded by logic, justice, and fundamental fairness, we conclude that a system of comparative fault should be and it is hereby extended to actions founded on strict products liability. 1376 (1970). Supplement re Nga Li v. Yellow Cab Co. of California (1975) § 4(B), p. 8); Wade, On the Nature of Strict Tort Liability for Products (1973) 44 [20 Cal. Show Printable Version; I find that result neither felicitous nor tenable. He observed that a seaman, while on a vessel abroad or on the high seas "is subject to the rigorous discipline of the sea and has little opportunity to appeal to the protection from abuse of power which the law makes readily available to the landsman. The manufacturer's liability, and therefore its incentive to avoid and correct product defects, remains; its exposure will be lessened only to the extent that the trier finds that the victim's conduct contributed to his injury. 1 Nor may it establish any other percentages of liability. "It is the failure to use ordinary or reasonable care. 3.10. fn. 96-653 Argued: October 15, 1997 Decided: January 13, 1998 For fifteen of the years Ronald Elwell worked for respondent General Motors Corporation (GM), he was assigned to a group that studied the performance of … Those same underlying considerations of policy which moved us judicially in Li to rescue blameworthy plaintiffs from a 100-year-old sanction against all recovery persuade us now to extend similar principles to the strict products liability area. It was his opinion that the exposed push button on the door constituted a design "defect" which caused injuries greatly in excess of those which Daly would otherwise have sustained. 3d 359, 370 [131 Cal. Fixed semantic consistency at this point is less important than the attainment of a just and equitable result. 829.) This arises from the fact that under present law when plaintiff sues in negligence his own contributory negligence, however denominated, may diminish but cannot wholly defeat his recovery. [L.A. No. 14-A, § 1411, Practice Commentaries, CP 1411:1.) As has been repeatedly expressed, under strict liability the manufacturer does not thereby become the insurer of the safety of the product's user. Facts: Driver was thrown from his car in an accident because of an alleged defect with the door latch. 858, 532 P.2d 1226, 78 A.L.R.3d 393], as the majority point out, is equally applicable to strict liability cases and compels applying [20 Cal. The majority finds significance in the provisions of the proposed Uniform Comparative Fault Act (Act), authored by Professor Wade, "a recognized torts scholar" and a "distinguished professor of law." Plaintiffs challenge a jury instruction which directed that "[i]n determining whether or not the vehicle was defective you should consider all of the equipment on the vehicle including any features intended for the safety of the driver." In short, admiralty is recognized as a unique field of law, generally uninfluenced by the common law, and thus it is improvidently cited for the purpose of influencing the common law. 3d 750] argument may be conceptually suspect," similarly emphasizes the difference between plaintiff and defendant fault, pointing out the difficulty in finding a breach of duty upon which to predicate plaintiff negligence. Rptr. As with the litigants before us, responsible and respected authorities have reached opposing conclusions stressing in various degrees the different considerations which we now examine. Topic. ), [2b] Furthermore, the "apples and oranges" argument may be conceptually suspect. 858, 532 P.2d 1226, 78 A.L.R.3d 393], adopted the doctrine of comparative negligence in tort actions founded on negligence, principles of justice, fairness and equity dictate an extension of comparative principles to tort actions founded on strict liability, introduced in Greenman v. Yuba Power Products, Inc. (1963) 59 Cal. After relatively brief deliberations the jury returned a verdict favoring all defendants, and plaintiffs appeal from the ensuing adverse judgment. A plaintiff's negligence can be considered in strict liability claims based on defective products when determining the extent of compensation. 2d 818, 836 [299 P.2d 243]; Downing v. Barrett Mobile Home Transport, Inc. (1974) 38 Cal. This case involves a wrongful death action against GM arising from an accident involving a 1985 Chevrolet Blazer. The same difficulty persists in almost every case in which we attempt to compare parties' negligence. 3d 764] should not prevail to any extent whatever against the manufacturer even if the saw had a defective blade. While agreeing that evidence of compensating design characteristics is admissible, we will further determine that under the circumstances herein prejudicial error requiring reversal occurred upon the admission of evidence of the decedent's alleged intoxication and failure to use safety devices in his vehicle. Defendant claims plaintiff was intoxicated and failed to fasten seatbelts. This is not a forum for general discussion of the article's subject. Under the compulsion of Li, I have signed the majority opinion. July 1, 1977. Specifically, it has been observed that a design rendered safe in one situation may become more dangerous in others. We also declared in Ault v. International Harvester Co. (1974) 13 Cal. This requirement may be a feat which is beyond the prowess of an American jury." [Footnote 12] Plaintiffs contended that evidence of Daly's intoxication, or of his failure to use available safety devices, was wholly inadmissible since contributory negligence was not a defense to an action founded in strict liability for a defective product. Product Liability. 2d 692, 91 S. Ct. BAKERET AL . In the instant case, plaintiff claims there was a defective door lock. 3d 359, 369, 551 P.2d 398, 403, 131 Cal. 769, 482 P.2d 681, 52 A.L.R.3d 92]: "It is pointed out that in a products liability case the plaintiff in order to recover in strict liability in tort must prove that he was injured by a defect in the product and that the product was defective when it left the hands of the retailer or manufacturer; whereas to recover in negligence the plaintiff must prove the same two elements plus an additional element, namely, that the defect in the product was due to negligence of the defendant.". If you do not cancel your Study Buddy subscription within the 14 day trial, your card will be charged for your subscription. FN 2. On June 19, 2009, the California Attorney General’s Office voluntarily dropped its appeal to the Ninth Circuit to review the district court’s dismissal of the state’s public nuisance lawsuit against six major automobile companies. The most important of several problems which we consider is whether the principles of comparative negligence expressed by us in Li v. Yellow Cab Co. (1975) 13 Cal. 3d 747]. This is the talk page for discussing improvements to the Mcgee v. General Motors Corp. article. None of the other Supreme Court cases cited by the majority (The Osceola (1903) 189 U.S. 158 [47 L. Ed. by Burke, J. FN 1. It appeals to my sense of reason, justice and equity that we continue the existing legal principle which permits manufacturers to spread through society the costs of compensating injured plaintiffs fully, rather [20 Cal. Within the broad guidelines therein announced, we left to trial courts discretion in the particular implementation of the new doctrine. Daly v. General Motors Corp.: Principles of Comparative Fault Applied to Strict Products Liability v. Superior Court, supra, ante, page 578, and in the instant case. (See Butaud v. Suburban Marine & Sport. Upon collision the drivers door was thrown wide open, because an alleged improperly designed door latch. 337, 346 et seq. Defect -- Component Or Product As A Whole? The danger of piecemeal consideration of isolated components has been expressly recognized. 3d 245, 258 [85 Cal. The trial court ultimately admitted the intoxication evidence, ruling that such evidence related to decedent's failure to use the Opel's safety devices, which failure, the court reasoned, would bar recovery on the theory of product misuse "aside from any question of contributory negligence." Horn expressly rejected arguments that such "nonuse" could defeat recovery on theories of "assumption of risk," "product misuse," "proximate cause," or "mitigation of damages." Rptr. 811, 813, 829). He had bought the car from a dealer who had bought it from Buick Motors, the manufacturer of the car. [20 Cal. Consumers no longer approach products warily but accept them on faith, relying on the reputation of the manufacturer or the trade mark. 1978 . 78, 83 (1976), which held that a plaintiffs contributory negligence is not a defense in strict liability cases. App. 20 Cal. 6-7.) 3d 519, 525 [113 Cal. (Cronin, supra, at p. 126; Rest.2d Torts, supra, coms. Stroh v. General Motors Corp.. Facts: An action was brought against Mrs. Maychick by the 12 people she injured when she lost control of her car. Warranty actions, however, contained their own inherent limitations requiring a precedent notice to the vendor of a breach of the warranty, and absolving him from loss if he had issued an adequate disclaimer. (Prosser, supra, at pp. In Li, we announced a system of pure comparative negligence "the fundamental purpose of which shall be to assign responsibility and liability for damage in direct proportion to the amount of negligence of each of the parties." I know of no other instance in American jurisprudence in which the antagonists are the conduct of a human being versus an inanimate object. Airlines, Inc. v. Avco-Lycoming Corp. (D.Idaho 1976) 411 F. Supp. (Infra, pp. 872]) mention the doctrine of comparative negligence. Reversal is therefore required. ", FN 1. 3d 743] in anticipation of expected problems. ... 20 Cal.3d 725 - DALY v. GENERAL MOTORS CORP., Supreme Court of California. [Citations.] The court held that a product is "defective in design either (1) if the product has failed to perform as safely as an ordinary consumer would expect when used in an intended or reasonably foreseeable manner, or (2) if, in light of [certain] relevant factors ..., the benefits of the challenged design do not outweigh the risk of danger inherent in such design." 3d 533, 547 [132 Cal. The manufacturer's obligation to the consumer must keep pace with the changing relationship between them; ..." And again in Greenman, Justice Traynor declared the "purpose of such liability is to insure that the costs of injuries resulting from defective products are borne by the manufacturers that put such products on the market rather than by the injured persons who are powerless to protect themselves." 433, 501 P.2d 1153]; Dippel v. Sciano (1967) 37 Wis.2d 443 [155 N.W.2d 55, 63]; West v. Caterpillar Tractor Company, Inc. (Fla. 1976) 336 So. 3d 885, 889 [110 Cal. We do so by relying on what Professor Schwartz aptly terms a "predicate of fairness." 735-736.). LinkBack URL; About LinkBacks ; Bookmark & Share; Digg this Thread! We quote portions of section 1 of the proposed Act: "Section 1. This court had occasion recently to set forth a two-pronged test for determining the existence of a product made defective by virtue of its design. App. ), fn. Rptr. (See Barker v. Lull Engineering Co. (1978) ante, p. 413 [143 Cal. I am persuaded that the jury's task under the majority's holding does not, and cannot, produce justice, equity, or any fair apportionment of fault or loss. Obviously not. LEXIS 199 (Cal. It is my view that justice, fairness and equity are not served by the majority's application of the Li principle of comparative negligence to the tort principle of a manufacturer's strict liability in tort for a product defectively manufactured or defectively designed. 225, 573 P.2d 443]) it is inconsequential that he committed some extraneous act of negligence, since the injury occurs whether or not there was an act of omission or commission by the user; it results from the commercial exploitation of a defective product. Simultaneously, and more particularly, those who were injured in the use of personal property were permitted recovery on a contract theory if they were the purchasers of the chattel or were in privity. 3d 731] contribute to the original impact, but only to the "enhancement" of injury. No jury instructions on the issue were requested or given. We will conclude that they do. App. Their error is grievously unsettling to the law of torts. Supreme Court of California. Thank you and the best of luck to you on your LSAT exam. Similarly, a product's components are not developed in isolation, but as part of an integrated and interrelated whole. 676, 681-683.) Rptr. Kirk Daly (the Decedent) was killed when he was thrown from his car, which allegedly had a defective door latch. Neither logic nor common experience can tell us how much of the loss is attributable to each driver. 697, 377 P.2d 897, 13 A.L.R.3d 1049]) and steadfastly resisted efforts to inject concepts of negligence into the newly designed tort (Cronin v. J. Fasten seatbelts reconstruction of the other doctrine with which we are unpersuaded by the majority in jurisprudence..., reasonably suggesting to the jury their central importance to the original impact, but even in those cases it... Than to negligence cases as it is to be its replacement plaintiffs ) brought suit 403 915. Liability has never been, and to substitute therefor the doctrine that manufacturers should not be construed as extending suits. Defended on the Harbor Freeway in Los Angeles 189 U.S. 158 [ 47 L. Ed consensual foundation but rather. Circuit Court proceeding held accountable for misuses of their products that are Cited in opinion... Manufacturer is not a forum for General Motors Corp., 17 Cal but as part an... Cab Co. 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