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Liability under the CPA

The CPA 1987 is the UK government's implementation of the European "Product Liability Directive". The main aim of the act is to place legal liability on the producers of defective goods rather than on the sellers of the goods. The act clarifies the steps required by consumers to correctly seek for damages against producers. However, this act only covers defective goods rather than goods that are not fit for purpose. These types of goods would be covered by the 1979 Sale of Goods Act.

Note: This act also contains legislation covering misleading or inappropriate pricing of goods.

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