Products Liability: Developments in the Rule of Successor Liability for Product-Related Injuries

This article will briefly review the traditional principles of corporate law governing the assumption of liabilities in the acquisition of an ongoing business, and the doctrinal premises of strict products liability. Attention will then be critically directed to recent developments in case law in which the traditional rules have been modified to reflect the policy considerations of strict products liability. Finally, this article will discuss the possibility of legislative intervention in the development of new principles governing successor responsibility for products liability claims and propose that this problem is an appropriate subject for legislative rather than judicial action.