Currently published as: International Journal of Law and Management
Online from: 1966
Subject Area: Business Ethics and Law
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|Title:||Is product liability still a global problem?|
|Author(s):||Duncan Fairgrieve, (British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London, UK), Geraint Howells, (Law Lancaster Law School and Barrister Gough Square Chambers, UK)|
|Citation:||Duncan Fairgrieve, Geraint Howells, (2007) "Is product liability still a global problem?", Managerial Law, Vol. 49 Iss: 1/2, pp.6 - 9|
|Keywords:||European directives, European Union, Product liability|
|DOI:||10.1108/03090550710759621 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – Almost 20 years ago one of the present authors wrote an article entitled “Product liability: a global problem”. The brief paper seeks to provide a summation of what has happened in the meantime.
Design/methodology/approach – The article is a brief discussion of the issues: the first section comments on products liability outside Europe and the final part concludes with an overview of what happened in the UK and Europe.
Findings – The article finds that the EU Directive's approach to strict liability has become the most common influence on law reform around the globe and that there is still much uncertainty in Europe and the USA as to what the law of product liability actually is.
Originality/value – The paper illustrates how, for the foreseeable future, businesses may continue to be most concerned about product liability exposure in the USA.
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