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The Anti-Innovation Bias of Tort Law


Alex Stein


Yeshiva University - Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Gideon Parchomovsky


University of Pennsylvania Law School; Bar Ilan University - Faculty of Law

2007

Cardozo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 209

Abstract:     
This Essay identifies an anti-innovation bias in the law of torts. Tort law's reliance on custom in ascribing liability for negligence, medical malpractice and defective products taxes innovators and subsidizes replicators of conventional technologies. The Essay analyzes the causes and consequences of this bias and proposes two alternative ways to remedy it.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 41

Keywords: torts, medical malpractice, product liability, innovation, evidence, economic analysis

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Date posted: November 20, 2007 ; Last revised: September 28, 2011

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Stein, Alex and Parchomovsky, Gideon, The Anti-Innovation Bias of Tort Law (2007). Cardozo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 209. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1031360 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1031360

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Gideon Parchomovsky
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