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Non-Manufacturing Sellers May Use ‘Innocent Seller’ Provision as Affirmative Defense, Miss. High Court Rules

JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled that the “innocent seller” provision of the state’s Products Liability Act provides an affirmative defense for non-manufacturing product sellers because it gives immunity to innocent sellers without placing a burden of proof on a plaintiff.

In a Nov. 14 opinion, the high court, in answering a question of first impression, said Mississippi law is very clear that “innocent sellers who are not actively negligent” cannot be liable “in any action for damages caused by a product.”

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