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Comparative Product Liability Law: The European and U.S. Experiences
Professors Page and Werro
J.D. Course 077 (cross-listed) | 2 credit hours
This course will examine selected areas of product liability law in Europe and the United States, and explain how legal culture has shaped differences between them. It will compare the European Directive dealing with responsibility for harm caused by defective products, and its implementation by national legislatures and courts, with the treatment of the same subject by U.S. judicial decisions, statutory product-liability reforms and the Restatement of Torts. Issues to receive special consideration will be the definitions of defectiveness, design flaws, development risks, recoverable damages, defenses and the relation between product-safety regulation and product liability.
Prerequisite: Torts (or the equivalent Bargain, Exchange, and Liability).
This course will meet on the following Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:10 a.m. – 1:10 p.m.: 1/14, 1/16, 1/23, 1/28, 1/30, 2/4, 2/6, 2/11, 2/13, 2/21, 2/25, and 2/27. This course will also meet on one Friday, 2/22, 11:10 a.m. -1:10 p.m.