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Pillars v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.

    Brief Fact Summary.

    Pillars filed a products liability suit against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. when Pillars was poisoned after ingesting chewing tobacco that contained a human toe.

    Synopsis of Rule of Law.

    The manufacturer of a product can be held liable to the consumer for the negligent production of a product.

    Facts.

    Pillars was poisoned after ingesting chewing tobacco that contained a human toe. The tobacco was manufactured by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (R.J.). Pillars filed a products liability suit against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and the trial court issued a directed verdict to R.J.

    Issue.

    Whether the manufacturer of a product can be held liable to the consumer for the negligent production of a product?

    Held.

    Yes. R.J. can be held liable for the negligent manufacture of the chewing tobacco because although tobacco is not a food, chewing tobacco is ingested through the mouth.

    Discussion.

    The manufacturer of a product can be held liable to the consumer for the negligent production of a product.


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