This course will examine the history of products liability law including the public policy issues surrounding its evolution. There will be an emphasis on real-world application of products liability principles suitable for those who may be interested in prosecuting such cases, defending against them, or merely learning how to minimize exposure to such liability in a corporate setting. Within this sampling, the role of experts in such complex litigation will also be studied e.g. the fields of engineering, human factors, accident reconstruction, and economics. There will also be an examination of the impact of regulations and regulatory agency rules on litigation including the NHTSA for automobiles, the FDA for medical devices, and the CPSC for consumer products.
This is an elective course.