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Description - Product Liability by C. J. Miller

Product Liability explains the circumstances in which manufacturers, retailers and others may be held liable to compensate persons who are injured, or who incur financial loss, when the products which they manufacture or sell are defective or not fit for their purpose. The text contains detailed discussion of relevant aspects of the law of negligence and of the strict liability provisions of the Consumer Protection Act 1987 and the E.C. Directive on liability for defective products on which the Act is based. In any such case, the defect may originate in the production process; be one of design; or be grounded on an alleged failure to issue an adequate warning or directions for safe use. Businesses are increasingly concerned with the public relations implications of such product defects and so this book provides all the necessary information for practitioners to achieve fast, effective solutions for their clients. Although the majority of cases involve pharmaceuticals and medical devices, in recent English cases the allegedly defective products have been as diverse as a child's buggy, an All Terrain Vehicle, and even a coffee cup. Many cases are brought as group actions, and the book examines the rights of those who are injured by defective products. This major text provides comprehensive coverage of the law as it has developed in the UK, and also contains detailed discussion of case law from other jurisdictions including the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, France and Germany. Readers will welcome this comparative approach which is complemented by a detailed and authoritative discussion of issues which arise in transnational litigation involving problems of jurisdiction and the choice of laws. A chapter with detailed coverage of the conflict of laws has been contributed by Professor Jonathan Harris, University of Birmingham.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780198256786
ISBN-10: 0198256787
Format: Hardback
(251mm x 175mm x 63mm)
Pages: 1176
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 15-Jul-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - C. J. Miller

Professor Miller is Emeritus Professor of English Law at the University of Birmingham and has been an adviser to the National Consumer Council, the Consumers Association, and the OECD. He is an editor of and contributor to Benjamin's Sale of Goods, and a regular contributor to the All England Law Reports Annual Review. He is also author of the Product Liability and Safety Encyclopaedia . Dr Richard Goldberg is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Birmingham, having previously taught at the LSE, Kings' College London, and Queen Mary and Westfield College London. He has worked as a seconded legal assistant with McKenna & Co on the benzodiazepine lititgation and other medicinal product liability cases. He is the author of Causation and the Risk in the Law of Torts which was nominated for the SPTL Book Prize in 1999.

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