July 27, 2017

New ABA book provides jury instruction templates for most product liability cases

CHICAGO, July 27, 2017 — “Model Jury Instructions: Product Liability provides model jury instructions and verdict form interrogatories for use in most product liability cases, as well as law and commentary from which the instructions are derived. Each chapter provides an overview of the current state of the law, including the pivotal cases and a discussion of the practical issues to consider. Where applicable, the chapters provide model instructions based upon both the Restatement (Second) and Restatement (Third) of Torts so that readers can easily select the instruction applicable to their jurisdiction.

Editors Tina Schaefer, Laura Whitmore and Jana Wozniak collaborated with more than a dozen authors on this collection of proposed model jury instructions and verdict form interrogatories. These instructions and interrogatories use clear, straightforward language, and can be easily tailored to fit the particular facts and circumstances of most product liability cases. As an additional resource for the practitioner, each chapter contains a chart of state model instructions with pinpoint references to the state model instructions pertaining to the topic of each chapter. Topics are divided into chapters covering:

  • General/Introductory instructions
  • Strict product liability
  • Negligence
  • Causation
  • Warranty liability and misrepresentations
  • Defense issues
  • Special instructions
  • Damages
  • Verdict form

“Model Jury Instructions: Product Liability” was edited by Tina Schaefer, Laura Whitmore and Jana Wozniak.

Title:                Model Jury Instructions: Product Liability
Publisher:        ABA Section of Litigation/First Chair Press
Pages:             464
Product Code: 5310456
ISBN:               978-1-63425-862-3
Size:                6 x 9 paperback
Price:               $149.95
Orders:            800-285-2221 or shop.americanbar.org

Editor’s note: Author interviews and review copies of this book are available by emailing Chad Johannes at Chad.Johannes@americanbar.org. If you publish a review of this book, please send tear sheets or a copy for our files to Meg Spisich, ABA Section of Litigation, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

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