Products Liability

This course will provide an overview of how the law determines whether sellers and other commercial transferors of products should be liable for damages arising from personal injury or property damage caused by their products. The focus will be on “strict” products liability under Restatement (Third) of Torts: Products Liability, but other claims—such as negligence, warranty, and misrepresentation, also will be addressed. In addition to the basic elements of liability, the topics to be covered will include, among others, the effects of the passage of time between product manufacture and injury, the impact of product regulation by the political branches, plaintiff’s conduct, causation issues, and damages.

I anticipate using Cases and Materials on Products Liability and Safety (Foundation Press, latest edition) by David G. Owen, John E. Montgomery, and Mary J. Davis, probably the most popular casebook in the field.

This course is not currently scheduled.
Last offered Spring 2018.

Key to Codes in Course Descriptions
P: Prerequisite
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course