Products Liability and Tort Risk Distribution in Government Contract Programs
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Products liability law is relevant to government contract law because contractors with the federal government are subject to state products liability laws. Under state law, contractors may be subject to third party personal injury or property damage claims on negligence, warranty or strict products liability theories of recovery. The federal government, in contrast, can only be subjected to third party personal injury or property damage liability on a negligence theory under the Federal Tort Claims Act. This distinction is the source of considerable concern between federal agencies and government contractors. The primary purpose of this thesis is to assess whether or not ordinary citizens third parties are adequately protected by existing laws. A secondary purpose is to assess whether or not contractors are adequately protected under present laws.
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