Ohio Revised Code 2307.71 (A) (15) defines a Supplier, subject to division, as any of the following:
- “A person that, in the course of a business conducted for the purpose, sells, distributes, leases, prepares, blends, packages, labels, or otherwise participates in the placing of a product in the stream of commerce;
- A person that, in the course of a business conducted for the purpose, installs, repairs, or maintains any aspect of a product that allegedly causes harm.”
Ohio Revised Code further elaborates a Supplier does not include any of the following:
- “A manufacturer;
- A seller of real property;
- A provider of professional services who, incidental to a professional transaction the essence of which is the furnishing of judgment, skill, or services, sells or uses a product;
- Any person who acts only in a financial capacity with respect to the sale of a product, or who leases a product under a lease arrangement in which the selection, possession, maintenance, and operation of the product are controlled by a person other than the lessor.”
It is important to know because Ohio Revised Code 2307.78 establishes the liability of a Supplier in product liability claims.
Why is this important to know? It is important to know because O.R.C. 2307.78 establishes the liability of a Supplier in product liability claims. Therefore, even though a manufacturer is out of business or you didn’t find a contact for the manufacturer in the United States, look to the Supplier to be responsible for the damages the product caused and get your company paid.