Publication of my new Class Action & Mass Torts Answer Book

Just a quick note.  Your humble blogger is very pleased to announce the availability of my latest publication, the Class Action and Mass Tort Answer Book (PLI 2015).  It is available here.  (I don't spend all my time posting here.)

The book is designed to be a handy desk reference for the class action practitioner and others interested in class actions and mass torts, offering a comprehensive overview of the current law. Deeper than a mere introduction but not as bulky as a treatise, the goal was to give the reader the essentials, covering, inter alia:

-class action prerequisites
-injunctive relief, mandatory, and damages classes
-issues surrounding absent class members
-discovery of class issues


-class certification hearings and procedures

-appeal of a certification decision
-trial of a class action
-settlement of a class action

In addition, the book looks at MDLs and other coordinations of complex civil litigation, concluding with a decidedly un-Nostradamus-like look at the future of aggregate litigation. 

I would also thank the wonderful contributors and researchers, many colleagues at SHB, that helped make the book a reality, and they are listed in the preface and table of contents.

Alas, no book signings or appearances on Oprah yet, but will keep you posted.



New Product Liability Case Book

Although my teaching days are in the past (10 years as an adjunct at the University of Pennsylvania Law School), I still like to keep one eye on the literature. Interested readers may want to check out a new case book from Carolina Academic Press.  It is entitled  Products Liability Law: Cases, Commentary, and Conundra by Tim Kaye, a professor of law at Stetson University College of Law, a British lawyer bu original training.

The publisher notes: Products liability law is often confusing because it is in a state of constant flux as it confronts a number of challenges. Some such challenges are well known, such as the battle over the comparative merits of the Second and Third Restatements of Torts. Other equally important challenges may have, however, been somewhat overlooked by other texts, such as the growing use of bankruptcy protection laws to limit the consequences of supplying defective products, "and this book sets out to rectify such omissions."

While some other books leave the reader to sink or swim in a swamp of apparently contradictory doctrine, Products Liability Law promises to lay out from the beginning the elements common to all products liability claims. It then builds on this foundation by tackling each new area of the law in a lucid and reader-friendly manner, while explaining how each doctrine relates to the politico-economic and historical context in which the law operates, promises the publisher.

It was nice to see some old nuggets I used, like Boatland of Houston, Inc. v. Valerie Bailey on state of the art, and Borel v. Fibreboard Paper Products Corp. as an introduction to toxic tort product cases, side by side with newer cases, like Conte v. Wyeth, used here on the concept of reliance.

Supplementing the text with numerous original flowcharts, tables, and other diagrams—as well as asking thoughtful questions along the way—this book charts a careful and comprehensible course through the often tempestuous battleground of products liability law, says the publisher.  See if you agree.