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Author Stapleton, Jane.

Title Product liability / Jane Stapleton.

Published London ; Boston : Butterworths, 1994.


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 UniM Law  KN 39 P6 A1 STAP    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxvii, 384 p. ; 24 cm.
Series Law in context
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Pt. 1. History. Ch. 1. Product liability law reform. Ch. 2. Evolution of product liability doctrine in the US. Ch. 3. Evolution of UK product liability doctrine and the 1985 EEC Directive. Ch. 4. Lessons and limits of the US experience -- Pt. 2. Theory. Ch. 5. Liability as an economic strategy. Ch. 6. Critique of wealth maximization. Ch. 7. Non-economic theories of liability. Ch. 8. A new theory of strict moral enterprise liability. Ch. 9. Gaps in the theoretical basis of the Directive -- Pt. 3. Stability of the new products doctrine. Ch. 10. The 'defect' requirement. Ch. 11. Relatively stable boundaries. Ch. 12. Specific sources of instability -- Ch. 13. Some conclusions -- Appendix 1 The European Communities Directive -- Appendix 2 Consumer Protection Act 1987.
Summary Part 1 of the Consumer Protection Act 1987 implemented an EEC Directive which created the most important new statutory liability in the post-war era in the UK. The author takes this development as her starting point in an investigation into the nature of product liability and beyond, into a consideration of important general topics in civil liability today. The first part of the book deals with the doctrinal history of the new Act, then goes on to consider the larger picture, viz. the impact of EC membership on the legislative freedom of Member States, and the contrasting dynamics of US civil liability. Part 2 evaluates the usefulness of abstract theories of civil liability from the perspective of a tort lawyer concerned with detailed legal rules; part 3 analyses where and why instability may arise in legal regimes of limited scope and in broader liabilities such as negligence.
An erudite and provocative work, Stapleton: Product Liability will be of keen interest to students and teachers on courses in tort, product liability, consumer law, EC law and the philosophical foundations of the common law.
Subject Products liability.
Products liability -- United States.
Products liability -- Great Britain.
Products liability -- European Economic Community countries.
ISBN 0406035032