Products Liability Seminar
SLN #: 88323
Course Prefix: LAW-734
Course Section: 001
Credit Hours: 2
Products Liability refers to civil liability for injuries caused by defective products. It occupies a central role in American law, as the number of new products used by consumers has increased exponentially. Accompanying this proliferation of new consumer products is an increase in injuries. It has been estimated that the number of product accidents is approximately 50 million a year. Products liability is a major way that our society attempts to moderate undue risks. Products liability mixes tort law (negligence, strict liability and deceit) and contract law (warranty) as well as common law (mostly tort) and statutory law (from the UCC). This seminar will trace the development of products liability law, and analyze the major issues currently confronting the courts in this area. It will examine the main theories of manufacturer liability, the concept of product defect, and defenses available to the manufacturer. The seminar will also explore problems of proof and remedies, as well as proposed legislative solutions to problems that arise in these areas.
Credit Hours: 2
Grading Option: Letter Grade Only
Written Assignment: Major Paper
Graduation Writing Requirement: Yes, With Instructor's Approval*
Flexible Writing Requirement: Yes, With Instructor's Approval*
Skills Requirement: No
Note: Only one of the above listed requirements can be fulfilled with this course.
Limited Enrollment Number: 16
Final Exam Given: No
Paper or In-Class Presentation: Presentation to class on subject of paper.
Participation Points: Yes
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies
Additional Attendance Policy: Mandatory
Online Course Site: Blackboard