An authoritative, in-depth study of issues in products liability litigation, this comprehensive treatise traces the law of products liability from its roots in contract and tort to its development into the challenging, complex modern law of the subject.
Practically organized and clearly written, the treatise provides detailed descriptions of case law governing:
• what constitutes a product
• a general definition of products, followed by an in-depth examination of various types of product defects
• firms in the chain of distribution that can be liable for a product defect
• who in the consumer chain can make a claim for damages
• defenses involving consumer conduct
• general principles of proof and causation applicable to this area of law
• punitive damages
• the procedural and remedial concepts that surround the substantive law.
Trial lawyers in products liability cases, corporate counsel for firms that manufacture or sell products, and casualty insurance firms will find this treatise a crucial resource in formulating litigation strategies. Its clear and fact-based approach makes it a valuable addition to court libraries, law school libraries, and courses in torts and products liability.