Wang IP Law Group, P.C.
Local 626-269-6753
Toll Free 888-827-8880

Assessing responsibility and liability for developers

When consumers invest in a product, they are relying on it to function as advertised. Additionally, they are counting on the company who makes the product to deliver thorough and honest information about how the product works, what it is used for and how it should be maintained. As a result, they expect the outcome to be as the seller describes and to not suffer any serious malfunctions. While many California companies are careful to complete thorough product testing and analysis before launching, there are times when defects can cause inconvenience or in serious cases, injuries to unsuspecting consumers. 

An interesting concept that has been discussed in recent months is just how responsible software developers should be when they recommend a product that turns out to be defective later on. The concept is called "AI-Facilitated shopping" which refers to algorithms that have been created to recommend products to online shoppers based off of previous purchases they have made or interest they have shown in other products. 

The liability in question stems from incidents where consumers purchase a product that has been recommended to them via an online algorithm only to discover later on that it is defective. If this defect causes an injury, does the liability reside with the company that created the product or with the developer who recommended the product? Supporters of both sides have varying arguments as to why the other should maintain responsibility. 

If people have been injured because of a defective product, they may wish to contact an attorney. Working with a legal professional may help them to have a better chance at getting the compensation they deserve because of injuries received from the product defects. 

Source: The National Law Review, "Product Liability Risks AI-Facilitated Shopping," Aug. 31, 2018

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Contact Us To Get Started

Contact Us To Get Started

Contact our office to schedule a free, initial consultation by dialing 888-827-8880 or by completing our brief, online questionnaire. Based in Los Angeles, our firm represents clients throughout California and in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and Israel.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Our Locations

Industry
18645 East Gale Ave.
Suite 205
Industry, CA 91748

Phone: 626-269-6753
Map & Directions

Los Angeles
355 S. Grand Ave.
Suite 2450
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Toll Free: 888-827-8880
Phone: 626-269-6753
Map & Directions

Irvine
18662 MacArthur Blvd.
Suite 158
Irvine, CA 92612

Phone: 626-269-6753
Map & Directions

Taiwan - Taipei
37F Taipei 101 Tower, No.7, Sec. 5 Xinyi Road
Taipei, Taiwan 11049

Map & Directions

QR Code