Ohio Revised Code §2307.71(A)(9) defines a Manufacturer as “a person engaged in a business to design, formulate, produce, create, make, construct, assemble, or rebuild a product or a component of a product.”
Too often people think the manufacturer is only the person who has a factory that puts the final product together and ships it. However, per the definition, there is the potential for eight persons to be a “manufacturer.” And that doesn’t even include the persons who were the “manufacturer” of the component of a product that failed. Often, product liability claims are not pursued because the company believes it has to sue a foreign/Asian corporation and obtain service through the Hague Convention. There are other potential persons responsible under the definition of “manufacturer” under Ohio Revised Code and your expert and attorney should be looking at who these persons are and hold them responsible.