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The American IllnessEssays on the Rule of Law$
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F. H. Buckley

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300175219

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300175219.001.0001

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Does Product Liability Law Make Us Safer?

Does Product Liability Law Make Us Safer?

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(p.137) Does Product Liability Law Make Us Safer?
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The American Illness
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W. Kip Viscusi

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300175219.003.0006

This chapter argues that product liability law does not result in safer products. Because new products pose novel risks, the court's task of assessing innovative products entails more problematic judgments than with assessments of existing technologies. There is no evidence that higher liability awards result in safer products. It is just the opposite because product liability law punishes manufacturers when they innovate and introduce new, safer products.

Keywords:   product liability law, innovative products, technologies, safer products, product liability, manufacturers

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