Product Makers Stand To Profit From Pa. Tort Law Change

Law360, New York (March 28, 2013, 8:51 PM EDT) -- Tackling a long-contentious issue, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to determine whether to shift the focus of product liability cases from the products themselves to the responsibilities of the manufacturer, a change that attorneys say would make the claims significantly easier for companies to defend.

The commonwealth's highest court took up a case that centers on whether it should replace the strict liability analysis under the America Law Institute's previous treatise on tort law, known as the Restatement of Torts, Second, with the analysis under the most recent version, the Restatement Third.

The Restatement Third introduces negligence concepts into product...

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