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March 6, 2007

Press Contact: Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330 or

Products Liability: Litigation Trends on the 10th Anniversary of the Third Restatement – March 22 & 23

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Austin, Texas—The Review of Litigation will host a symposium on Thursday and Friday, March 22 and 23,  to consider the impact of the Restatement of the Law Third, Torts: Products Liability and the future of products liability law and litigation.  Nationally renowned scholars, as well as judges and practitioners will speak in the Eidman Courtroom at The University of Texas School of Law. The symposium is free and open to the public.

This two-day symposium falls on the eve of the Restatement's tenth anniversary.  The American Law Institute (ALI) approved the Restatement in the spring of 1997.  Many expected the Restatement to live up to its name and provide a summary of the current state of law. But critics argued that courts were divided on key issues and that the Restatement gave products liability law an "anti-consumer angle."  Panelists will address this and other issues affecting litigation over such products as guns, lead paint, and pharmaceuticals.

Speaker List:

- Judge Mark Davidson, 11th Civil District Court, Houston, Texas
- Justice David Medina, Supreme Court of Texas
- Judge Sam Sparks, U. S. District Court, Western District of Texas
- Justice Dale Wainwright, Supreme Court of Texas

- Prof. Lynn A. Baker, The University of Texas School of Law
- Prof. George W. Conk, Fordham Law
- Dr. Deborah R. Hensler, Stanford Law School
- Prof. Jane Stapleton, The University of Texas School of Law
- Prof. Richard W. Wright, Chicago-Kent College of Law

- Fidelma L. Fitzpatrick, Partner, Motley Rice LLC, Providence, Rhode Island
- Tommy Fibich, Fibich Hampton & Leebron, LLP, Houston, Texas
- Jeffrey W. Kemp, Partner, Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P., Dallas, Texas
- Tom Stilwell, Partner, Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P., Houston, Texas
- Jennifer Merriman, Trial Partners, Inc., Los Angeles, California

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