371.01 Products Liability

In a first-year torts course, it is possible only to scratch of the surface of products liability law’s history, substantive and procedural complexity, theoretical underpinnings, and policy implications. Given its intricacy, practical significance, and usefulness as a window into tort law more generally, products liability is an ideal subject for an upper-level torts course. This dedicated products liability course offers students the opportunity to delve more deeply into the thorny legal doctrines and problems of proof that arise in the practice of products liability law. The course also gives students the chance to revisit many issues of general importance to tort law, including: strict liability versus negligence as potential bases for recovery in tort; the allocation of liability among plaintiffs and multiple tortfeasors; the interaction between doctrines of liability and problems of proof; and the relationships among economic regulation, social insurance, the law of contracts, and the law of torts.

Spring 2018

Course NumberCourse CreditsEvaluation MethodInstructorMeeting Day/TimesRoom
Research and/or analytical paper(s), 10-15 pages
Practical exercises
Class participation
Benjamin Ewing
8:55-10:45 AM
Sakai site: https://sakai.duke.edu/portal/site/LAW.371.01.Sp18
Email list: LAW.371.01.Sp18@sakai.duke.edu
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