Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Should we stretch the limits of corporate product liability?

As we were discussing in yesterday's Law and Lawyers class, product liability cases  have grown since Melvin Belli and the American Trial Lawyers Association began demanding the "adequate award" in the 1950s, and absent another system of personal injury compensation, trial lawyers and juries have largely determined how much people will be paid for loss of life or limb because of another's negligence. Here is the story of two heart surgeons who want the limits of who is liable for medical device failures stretched from the corporation that manufactures them to the executives who run the companies. Read on for more:

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