Kudler Fine Foods: Legal (Product liability)
According to "Cornell University Law School" (2012), "Products liability refers to the liability/responsibility of any or all parties along the chain of manufacture of any product for damage caused by that product. This includes the manufacturer of component parts (at the top of the chain), an assembling manufacturer, the wholesaler, and the retail store owner (at the bottom of the chain.)” (Product Liability: An Overview). Kudler Fine Foods owner, Kathy Kudler, keeps law cost at a minimum. The Kudler legal team consists of one person, Anne Shousha who is a tax attorney. Kathy is the only person that speaks with Anne. Most legal decision are hadled by the store manager who decides if that matter needs to be referred to Kathy. Matters of an immediate nature such as a “slip and fall” are swiftly reported to Kathy who at that point decides if Anne needs to be involved. The company’s legal issue is discussed over the phone or during family gatherings as Anne Shousha is Kathy Kudler’s sister in law. Kathy only incurs the $100 per hour fee for formal meetings that take place. Though attorney fees are at a minimum for Kudler Fine Foods, there have been instances where Anne advised Kathy to settle the case. Kudler Fine Foods does not seem to have a strategic plan for legal matters. There are several potential lawsuits that could take place. Though Anne Shousha may be a very capable attorney, her expertise is tax law. Anne Kudler is leaving her company open for many lawsuits to come without having a contingency plan. In the past companies such as Publix have had lawsuits that were out of the norm. Publix as well as Winn Dixie are grocers who use “Go Green” recyclable bag. Both organizations were accused of using bad that bags that contained unsafe amounts of lead. Kudler Fine Foods is in need of a legal team overhaul. The company is in need of a plan to tool that helps monitor the stores incident reports...
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