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Preventing Litigation by William Inmon, Nelson Brestoff

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Chapter 21

A Product Liability Example

What do we mean by associational taxonomies? We mean key words used in clusters. But these word clusters must relate to a specific topic. Such word clusters are sometimes called a bag of words.

Our best illustration is a recent one. We begin by choosing NOS code 365, the topic for personal injury: product liability. We’ll want to ­construct a word cluster for this topic.

You may recall that General Motors (GM) had more than a little trouble early in 2014 pertaining to ignition switch defects. According to the Consent Decree in the matter, the defects showed up “in 619,122 model year (MY) 2005–2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and MY 2007 Pontiac G5 vehicles.”1

In fact, “748,024 vehicles contain[ed] the same safety-related ...

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