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Soproni v. Polygon Apartment Partners

(1999) The mother of a 20-month-old child who fell out of a bedroom window in an apartment complex brought a products liability action against the window manufacturer for failing to warn and provide guards on the window to prevent children from opening it. The trial court granted summary judgment for the manufacturer. The Court of Appeals affirmed. The Supreme Court held that: (1) lack of warnings was not a proximate cause of the accident; (2) evidence that window complied with building and fire codes did not foreclose design defect claim against the manufacturer; and (3) there were genuine issues of material fact as to the feasibility of alternative designs that precluded summary judgment on the design defect claims.

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