If judged purely by the letter of the law, Germany and the United States treat product liability in almost the same way. Both impose strict liability on manufacturers, retailers, and middlemen who deliver defective products to market. Yet, like water can change from liquid to ice and back again, the alchemy of American civil procedure can transform these otherwise similar laws.
German businesses are perhaps more exposed to product liability than other foreign nationals doing business in the United States. This is because manufacturing makes up such a large part of German industry and exports.
German entrepreneurs should therefore take care to understand how product liability in the United States makes the American market different. This is also an area where lawyers who can navigate the different legal landscape of Europe and the United States can be especially helpful guides.