The Law of Products Liability


Posted: 9 May 2002


Professor Marshall Shapo has published the fourth edition of his two-volume treatise, The Law of Products Liability (CCH, available in looseleaf, Internet and CD-Rom). The 2,700-page work places analysis of thousands of cases in the context of Professor Shapo's more than 30 years of scholarship in the area, including several books, many articles and service as an adviser to the Restatement (Third) of Torts: Products Liability. An early linchpin of Professor Shapo's work in the area is his monograph, A Representational Theory of Consumer Protection: Doctrine, Function and Legal Liability for Products Disappointment, which occupied all of 60 Virginia Law Review No. 7 (Nov. 1974). The treatise incorporates the thinking in all these works in clear, readable prose. Coverage is comprehensive, including theories of liability, analyses of the impact of economic relationships on products jurisprudence, risk allocation through bargaining and the provision of information, and theories related to defenses based on consumer conduct. The treatise also has sections covering the law on proof and causation in products cases, problems of characterization, punitive damages, and statutes of limitations, and a chapter on duty and proximate cause. A concluding section compares the American law with the European Products Liability Directive.

Suggested Citation

Shapo, Marshall S., The Law of Products Liability. Marshall Shapo, THE LAW OF PRODUCTS LIABILITY, 2002, Available at SSRN:

Marshall S. Shapo (Contact Author)

Northwestern University School of Law ( email )

375 E. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
United States
312-503-8436 (Phone)
312-503-7396 (Fax)

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