REI Loses Liability Suit for Defective Bike Part
I don't see how this is necessarily a hard question to answer. The Washington Product Liability Act (WPLA) says that if you market something as if you manufactured it, then you're on the hook as a manufacturer (i.e. - branding it).
The result was right. The plaintiff need only sue one person. If REI wants to sue the part manufacturer to recover what they paid, that trial has to be in a different suit. They don't get the benefit of contribution when you're strictly liable for the defect.
Because I consider this an important opinion, I'm putting up the link (unfortunately, its only a temp link):
REI Loses Liability Suit for Defective Bike Part: " SEATTLE (CN) - Recreational Equipment Inc. is responsible for a defective bicycle part manufactured by another company and sold under the REI brand, a Washington appeals court ruled, just days after the plaintiff died in a backcountry skiing accident."
(Via Courthouse News Service.)