Summary of Research Results on Product Liability

by Deborah R. Hensler

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Abstract

This paper is an edited transcript of written testimony delivered in October 1986 to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee. The author summarizes the results of empirical research conducted by the Institute for Civil Justice on four topics relevant to the discussion of the product liability system, including trends in litigation, expenditures for liability cases, the effects of product liability lawsuits on corporate behavior, and the special problems of mass toxic torts.

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