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8218 - Products Liability
Professor: Kathy Seward Northern
Semester: 2012 Autumn
Second Writing Requirement? No
Professional Responsibility? No
Means of Assessment: Exam, In-class exercises,Skills Exercise
In the modern world, people accomplish both individual and collective objectives through the products of technology. Our modes of transportation, narrowly tailored medical treatment, manufacturing, entertainment, nourishment, and the control and maintenance of our individual and collective surroundings all involve the use of products that have the potential for great benefit and, on occasion, great harm. “Products liability law addresses the consequences of modern science and technology gone awry – when products, or the interactions between people and their products, fail.” David Owens.
In this course we will examine the historical development of modern products liability law, the impact that product liability law has had with regard to consumer safety, patterns of litigation, and the call for tort reform. The course will focus upon the four primary theories of recovery in products liability law: informational defect, marketing defect, manufacturing defect, and design defect. In so doing, we will consider the basic doctrines of intent, negligence, and strict liability, and contracts based doctrines of express and implied warranty.
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