Products Liability Harmonization: A Uniform Standard

Ius Gentium, Vol. 9, pp. 25-33, Fall 2003

10 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2009  

Rebecca Korzec

University of Baltimore - School of Law

Date Written: Fall 2003

Abstract

Among industrialized nations, the United States is unique in addressing tort law at the state rather than the national level. For example, Australia and Canada, which share a common-law heritage with the United States, have federal tort systems. The United States approach may be appropriate in some tort settings, such as in the premises liability or motor vehicle accident context (not involving a claim of products liability), where the state rule’s impact remains within that state’s geographical boundaries. Unlike the simple 'fender-bender', which occurs within the borders of one state, the typical product is manufactured and marketed nationally or internationally. Therefore, several factors suggest that uniform federal treatment of product liability laws may be a more desirable means of regulation.

Keywords: products liability law, state law, federal law, tort law, harmonization, regional interests, manufacturers

JEL Classification: K13, K29, K49

Suggested Citation

Korzec, Rebecca, Products Liability Harmonization: A Uniform Standard (Fall 2003). Ius Gentium, Vol. 9, pp. 25-33, Fall 2003 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1418096 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1418096

Rebecca Korzec (Contact Author)

University of Baltimore - School of Law ( email )

1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
United States

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