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Annals of personal responsibility: Bornsen v. Pragotrade



Ruth Bornsen never read the user manual for her North Dakota family business's Pragotrade meat grinder; she unilaterally decided that she did not need to use the plastic plunger to shove venison meat into the chute into the grinding mechanism, notwithstanding a diagram of fingers getting caught in the grinder. That didn't end well when the grinder removed four of fingers. This is, Bornsen says, Pragotrade's fault for making the chute large enough for her to put her hand in; there's also the standard failure-to-warn claim, because, after all, Bornsen wasn't warned by all the warnings, so Pragotrade should have put the warnings in different places. [Grand Forks Herald ($); Crookston Times]

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