Product liability and safety
(Walter Olson online writings by topic)

For regularly updated commentaries on this subject and a wide selection of outside links, see's resources on product liability page, part of my overall site, and the related pages on auto safety, aviation, environmental, firearms, high-tech and tobacco litigation.


"The 'Runaway Jury' Is No Myth" (Florida tobacco case, punitive damages), Wall Street Journal, July 18, 2000.

"Plaintiff's lawyers take aim at democracy" (Smith & Wesson settlement), March 21, 2000.

"Selective Liability" (Clinton's legal legacy), The American Lawyer, March 2000.

"Gold Bugs" (lawsuits against Silicon Valley), Reason, February 2000.

"Puff, the Magic Settlement" (tobacco fees), Reason, January 2000.

"On My Mind: Reno's Racket" (federal tobacco suit), Forbes, November 1, 1999.

"Big Guns" (origins of firearms litigation), Reason, October 1999.

"The Florida Tobacco Jurors: Anything but Typical", "Rule of Law", Wall Street Journal, July 12, 1999.

"Firing Squad" (firearms litigation and federalism), Reason, May 1999 (also see's page of resources on firearms litigation).

"Hollywood vs. the Truth" ("Civil Action" movie), Wall Street Journal, December 23, 1998.

"Breast Wishes", review of Science on Trial by Marcia Angell, National Review, November 11, 1996.

"Lawyers with Stethoscopes: Clients Beware", Manhattan Institute Civil Justice Memo # 26, June 1996.

"Tobacco Analysts Meet the Plaintiff's Lawyers", Wall Street Journal, August 30, 1995.

"It Didn't Start With Dateline NBC", National Review, June 21, 1993.

"Exposing the ‘Experts’ Behind the Sexy Exposes", Washington Post, February 28, 1993.

"'The Most Dangerous Vehicle on the Road'", Wall Street Journal, February 9, 1993.

"Why Business Loses In Court" (review of Richard Neely, The Product Liability Mess), Fortune, May 23, 1988.

[and see related categories: litigation generally, science and medicine]

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