Councils on the hook for product liability?

NBR reports that Carter Holt Harvey has issued third party claims against 47 local body councils, alleging breach of duty in the building consent process. The Ministry of Education is suing Carter Holt Harvey in negligence, claiming its Shadowclad plywood cladding product is inherently defective, and has contributed to weathertightness problems in hundreds of school…

Suppliers enmeshed in testing saga

Following a Commerce Commission investigation, supplier Steel and Tube has voluntarily placed the supply of its seismic reinforcing mesh on hold. On 21 March, we blogged about the Commerce Commission investigations regarding several steel mesh retailers, after testing raising questions over whether the products complied with the relevant standard (AS/NZS 4671:2001). Suppliers Euro Corp and…