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Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

ORC Ann. 2305.37(C)

Summary Title

Liability: Donating Consumer Goods

Summary

An individual who, in good faith, donates consumer goods fit for their intended use will not be held legally responsible. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessnees or intent to cause harm.

Full Title

Immunity concerning donating or distributing consumer goods or perishable food to individuals in need

Full Text

(C) A person who, in good faith, donates consumer goods to an agency is not liable in damages in a tort action for harm that allegedly arises because those consumer goods are not fit for use at the time the agency or any other agency distributes them to a particular individual in need, if both of the following apply: (1) Prior to the donation of the consumer goods to the agency, the person determines that the consumer goods will be fit for use at the time of their donation. A presumption favoring liability does not arise because the consumer goods are in packaging that has been damaged. (2) The person does not make the determination that the consumer goods will be fit for use at the time of their donation to the agency in a manner that constitutes gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct.