Packaging and Transportation Forensics

Reducing Risk and Liability

S. Paul Singh, Ph.D., Professor emeritus, Michigan State University
Jay Singh, Ph.D., Professor, Cal Poly University

978-1-60595-164-5, ©2015, 368 pages, Hardcover

  • Introduces laws affecting all phases of packaging and packaged products
  • Critical background on liabilities and lawsuits from actual or alleged defects
  • Outlines obligations and techniques for reducing risk, injury and damage claims

Written by two of the world’s leading packaging experts, this technical book investigates the laws and liabilities associated with manufacturing, labeling and shipping packages. The book combines an analysis of legal responsibilities with design and technical recommendations to reduce liability. Sections cover the regulations and hazards of transport via truck, rail, ship and aircraft. Case law and court decisions are used to illustrate strategies to lower the risk of accidents and thus forestall lawsuits and damage claims. Covers personal injury, intellectual property, labels, cargo loading, regulations (including CFR 49, FMCSR, CVSA, and hazardous materials), tamper-evidence, accessibility, disposal, environmental impacts and more.


Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Packaging, Transportation, and Material-Handling Terminology

  • Example 1: Reusable Package (Citizen Watch Co. v. United States)
  • Example 2: Air-Tight Packaging (Sensient Flavors v. United States)
  • Example 3: Plastic Bottles for Kids’ Bubble Bath Shaped as Sesame Street Characters (Minnetonka Brands v. United States)
  • Example 4: Thermoformed Plastic Clamshell for Grapes (Tradewind Farms v. United States) References

Chapter 3. Product Liability

  • Case 1: Theresa Witten v. Masterfoods
  • Case 2: Alexander v. Del Monte
  • Case 3: Spills and Accidents on Individuals Handling Hazardous Liquids in Household Cleaners References

Chapter 4. Personal Injury

  • Negligence
  • Foreseeable Risk
  • Gross Negligence and Punitive Damages
  • Example of a Jury Award for Personal Injury Case
  • Partial Fault by Plaintiff

Chapter 5. Intellectual Property

  • Terminology
  • References

Chapter 6. Labels, Pictorial Markings and Warnings on Packaging

  • Package Functions
  • Distribution Packaging Test Methods
  • Precautionary Labeling
  • ANSI Z129.1
  • NFPA 704
  • HMIS
  • DOT
  • FDA Labels
  • Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PPPA)
  • EPA for Packaging of Drugs and Chemicals
  • Marketing Labels
  • Conclusions
  • References

Chapter 7. Branding, Design, Shape, Color, and Marketing

  • Power of Innovation and Intellectual Property
  • Communication, Brand Identity, and Marketing of Packages
  • Attributes of Color
  • Comparison of Color on Same Packages
  • Materials and Methods
  • Results and Discussion
  • References

Chapter 8. Loading and Unloading of Trucks, Rail, Ships and Aircraft

  • Standards for Truck Shipments
  • Regulations for Truck Shipments
  • Loading and Securement Methods for Rail Shipments
  • Review of Loaded Trailers with Mixed Freight
  • Reducing Damage during Transportation using Load Securement Methods
  • Regulations and Procedures for Shipping Hazardous Materials
  • Specifications for Corrugated Boxes
  • Intermodal Shipments
  • Conclusions
  • References
  • Websites

Chapter 9. Transportation Laws and Regulations

  • CFR 49: Transportation
  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations
  • Applicability of the New Rules
  • Performance Criteria
  • Requirements for Securement Devices
  • General Rule
  • Cargo Placement and Restraint
  • Association of American Railroads

Chapter 10. Tamper-Evident Packaging, Child-Resistant Packaging, and Package Accessibility

  • References

Chapter 11. Environmental Protection Packaging Laws

  • Regulations and Legislation
  • Solid Waste Disposal
  • Recycling and Recycled Content
  • Bans or Restrictions
  • Environmental Advertising and Labeling
  • Specifications
  • Practices
  • Test Methods
  • Conditions
  • Sustainable Packaging
  • ISO Standards on Packaging and Environment
  • Conclusions
  • References

Chapter 12. Expert Reports

  • Expert Report 1
  • Expert Report 2
  • Expert Report 3
  • Expert Report 4
  • Expert Report 5
  • Expert Report 6


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Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Packaging, Transportation, and Material-Handling Terminology
Chapter 3: Product Liability
Chapter 4: Personal Injury
Chapter 5: Intellectual Property
Chapter 6: Labels, Pictorial Markings and Warnings on Packaging
Chapter 7: Branding, Design, Shape, Color, and Marketing
Chapter 8: Loading and Unloading of Trucks, Rail, Ships and Aircraft
Chapter 9: Transportation Laws and Regulations
Chapter 10: Tamper-Evident Packaging, Child-Resistant Packaging, and Package Accessibility
Chapter 11: Environmental Protection Packaging Laws
Chapter 12: Expert Reports

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