Where a defendant makes a statement which is reasonably relied upon by a claimant in the way intended by the defendant, there may be an assumption of responsibility sufficient to give rise to liability for economic loss flowing from the reliance1. It is not necessary that the statement be made directly to the claimant; communication through an intermediary is sufficient2. However, it is necessary that the defendant knows that his statement will be communicated to the claimant either specifically or as a member of an ascertainable class3, and that the statement is likely to be acted upon by the
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