“Dangerous Products” Symposium Introduces Two New Consumer Protection Studies
Findings on the impact of harmful products – from lead toys to tainted drugs – and proposed measures to hold foreign manufacturers accountable for harm done by their products highlight the half-day program


WASHINGTON, DC, (Nov. 7, 2009) – American University Washington College of Law and the American Association for Justice Robert L. Habush Endowment present a half-day symposium to introduce two important new consumer protection studies. The program, “Dangerous Products: From Lead Toys to Tainted Drugs, a Discussion for Consumer Protection Professionals and the Media,” takes place Friday, Nov. 14, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., rm. 603, Washington College of Law (4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC).

“Over the last 18 months, more than 50 million dangerous and potentially deadly products were exported from China into the United States,” said Washington College of Law Professor Andrew Popper, author of the new study on holding foreign manufactures accountable for tainted goods. “While U.S. manufacturers are liable when their products fail, more often than not, foreign manufacturers are not held accountable in domestic courts. Further, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has failed in most basic mission: to protect U.S. consumers. This program assesses why these systemic failures have occurred and what options can be pursued to address this situation.”

Study Summaries

“The Social Costs of Dangerous Products: An Empirical Investigation” (9:45 a.m. start time): Professor Sydney Shapiro of Wake Forest Law School will present a study he conducted with Professor Paul Leigh and Dr. Rugh Ruggenberg on the costs imposed on injury victims, their families, and American society as a whole, when unreasonably dangerous products are marketed to the public.

“Unavailable and Unaccountable: A Free Ride for Foreign Manufacturers of Defective Goods” (11 a.m. start time): Professor Andrew Popper of American University Washington College of Law will present a paper examining the government’s failure to protect citizens from defective foreign imports and will propose measures to make it easier to hold foreign manufacturers accountable in federal and state courts for the harm done by their products.

The authors’ presentations will be followed by comments from a panel of experts. There will be opportunities for audience participation. This program is free and open to the public. CLE credit is available for $35. Register now.