Principles of Product Liability, Third Edition: 'Introduction' and 'Strict Products Liability 2.0'

Mark A. Geistfeld, Principles of Products Liability (Foundation Press, 3d ed. 2020).

NYU Law and Economics Research Paper No. 20-36

21 Pages Posted: 11 Sep 2020

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Mark Geistfeld

New York University School of Law

Date Written: 2020

Abstract

Two chapters from the third edition of Principles of Products Liability (Foundation Press 2020), a state-of-the-art study of products liability. The book shows how ancient laws have evolved into liability rules capable of solving the safety questions raised by new or emerging technologies, ranging from autonomous vehicles to the Amazon online marketplace. Identifying a development that has been largely ignored by scholars, the book shows how the rule of strict products liability from the last century has been transformed into a more comprehensive liability regime — “strict products liability 2.0” — that incorporates the risk-utility test into the consumer-expectations framework of strict products liability. Across the important issues, this more comprehensive formulation of the implied warranty sharpens the inquiry about what’s at stake, supplying strong rationales for a host of otherwise contentious doctrines — from federal preemption to the relevance of scientific evidence in toxic-tort cases. The analysis throughout relies on extended discussion of the black-letter rules and associated controversies in the case law, providing a solid foundation for understanding and incisively analyzing this vitally important area of the law.

Keywords: CL: Consumer Product Safety (products liability), Law & Economics: Private Law (Torts), LSPRL: Torts (Topic), Torts & Products Liability Law, Law & Society: Torts & Products Liability Law

Suggested Citation

Geistfeld, Mark, Principles of Product Liability, Third Edition: 'Introduction' and 'Strict Products Liability 2.0' (2020). Mark A. Geistfeld, Principles of Products Liability (Foundation Press, 3d ed. 2020)., NYU Law and Economics Research Paper No. 20-36, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3691064

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