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Join Date: Dec 2011
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| | Product Liability - Rebranding items with my business name
I'm looking to import and local source products to sell online. I was calling a few insurance brokers about insurance in the event somebody decided to sue me for a faulty product that, for example a dry bag that had a faulty seal and ruined a mobile phone. (A dry bag is a waterproof bag and folded/closed in such a way to protect belongings).
An insurance broker advised me any products that were imported meant that I was liable for any litigation. That's fair enough I suppose. The broker then mentioned any products sourced within Australia meant the supplier/manufacturer was liable.
Now, some of the items sourced locally are supplied in clear poly-bags. No branding, or anything to indicate the manufacturer/supplier; ie OEM.
Now say I wanted to brand the items with my business logo/name; would I be liable for any litigation? How about if the items came in bags with another company's branding, and I removed it and rebranded it to have my details on it? How would that sit if someone decided to sue me?
I'm just super super super cautious. I think that's what holds me back a lot in moving forward with this venture. All I will be selling are kayak and travelling/camping accessories.
Any help appreciated