This new edition of Owen's Products Liability Law refines and updates this classic study of products liability law in action. It examines in depth the nature and history of products liability in America and abroad; theories of liability, product defectiveness, and causation; proof of defect and cause, with a Daubert emphasis; key defenses, including federal preemption; and a thorough inquiry into many special types of products liability cases, including automotive and pharmaceutical litigation. Throughout, the treatise explores the underlying tensions and debates, explains the impact of the Restatement of the Law of Torts, Third: Products Liability, highlights classic and important recent cases, and reveals how reform statutes alter this ever-shifting field of law.
This source provides the attorney with one place to obtain all information about products liability, from analysis of the products, design issues, the parties, the causes of action, defenses, damages, litigation techniques, international issues, and source material.
Treatise covers every facet of the law, including theories of recovery, causation, collective liability, plaintiff and defendant considerations, strict liability, breach of warranty, negligence, defective products, or warnings.
Call Number: KF1296 .R476x; available on Lexis and Westlaw
Publication Date: 1998- (kept current with pocket parts)
This work comprehensively covers the complex field of products liability and addresses the liability of commercial product sellers and distributors for harm caused by their products. It supersedes § 402A of the Restatement Second, Torts and responds to issues that became serious points of contention in the courts but were not part of the products liability landscape when the earlier provision was adopted in 1964. It articulates clear answers regarding whether a product is defective by formulating three distinct categories of product defect and the legal standards appropriate to each: manufacturing defects; design defects; and inadequate instructions or warnings defects. The work also develops special rules for component parts, prescription drugs and medical devices, food, and used products.