Diseases resulting from exposure to products—for example, asbestos, tobacco, lead paint and DES—pose fundamental challenges to both the substantive law of torts and the processes for handling compensation claims within the US judicial system.
This course provides a comparison of the US and European legal systems' differing responses to attempts to use the judicial system to prevent such diseases and compensate victims. It also will examine how structural differences in matters such as the payment of attorneys' fees and the use of juries, as well as in the respective legal cultures, influenced these contrasting approaches.
Students will be expected to complete a significant research paper. Papers written for the course may satisfy the school's writing certification requirement.
Students may not receive credit for both this seminar and Professor Gifford's Mass Products Torts Seminar.
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Last offered Fall 2010.