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Product Liability in North America

Product Liability: Fundamental Questions in a Comparative Perspective, (Eds) Helmut Koziol, Michael D. Green, Mark Lunney, Ken Oliphant, Lixin Yang, Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG, 2017; ISBN 9783110547559

51 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2017 Last revised: 28 Dec 2017

Bruce Feldthusen

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Michael D. Green

Wake Forest University - School of Law

John C. P. Goldberg

Harvard Law School

Catherine M. Sharkey

New York University School of Law

Date Written: January 2, 2017

Abstract

This book chapter provides an overview of the rules governing liability for product-related injuries in the U.S. and Canada, as well as the context in which those rules operate. Included are discussions of the rationales for, and the development of, the U.S. doctrine of strict products liability, and the application of strict products liability and negligence doctrines to hypothetical cases.

Keywords: Restatement (Third) Products Liability, risk-utility, Section 402A, strict liability, warranty, blood shield laws, consumer expectations, design defect, enterprise liability, Escola, failure to warn, loss spreading, manufacturing defect, negligence, products liability, privity, punitive damages

Suggested Citation

Feldthusen, Bruce and Green, Michael D. and Goldberg, John C. P. and Sharkey, Catherine M., Product Liability in North America (January 2, 2017). Product Liability: Fundamental Questions in a Comparative Perspective, (Eds) Helmut Koziol, Michael D. Green, Mark Lunney, Ken Oliphant, Lixin Yang, Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG, 2017; ISBN 9783110547559. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3081501

Bruce Feldthusen (Contact Author)

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Michael D. Green

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John C. P. Goldberg

Harvard Law School ( email )

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Catherine M. Sharkey

New York University School of Law ( email )

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