Research conducted by:
RAND Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment;
RAND Institute for Civil Justice
Opponents of product liability claim that liability reduces product availability, increases prices, and discourages innovation. Supporters claim that liability uncovers information about drug hazards and deters socially undesirable corporate behavior.
Asbestos bankruptcy trusts—created to compensate people injured by the mineral—may be influencing tort cases. The current way that the trusts and the tort cases are linked together may result in payments that are not consistent with the basic principles of the tort liability system.
An edited transcript of written testimony delivered in September 1991 to the Consumer Subcommittee of the United States Senate Commerce Committee. The author covers five topics: trends in product liability; the nature and extent of product-associated...
Presents a framework for analyzing how expanded liability might affect such outcomes as productivity and international competitiveness and offers some preliminary evidence on the impact of expanded liabilities on the behavior of corporations.
This paper was originally presented as testimony before the Consumer Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation in February 1986. It presents results of research conducted by the Institute for Civil Justice relevant...
This paper is an edited transcript of written testimony delivered in October 1986 to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee.
Analyzes ways in which firms have responded to recent changes in pressures to design safer products, based on interviews with product safety officials in major manufacturers and extensive analysis of legal and scholarly literature.
Compares the costs of operating the tort liability system for four major branches of tort law: product liability, automobile liability, workers' compensation, and medical malpractice.