punitive damages, product liability, civil justice reform
The debate surrounding federal product liability law has not been silenced by recent compromises reached by the House and Senate regarding appropriate boundaries for such laws. To the contrary, President Clinton's threatened veto of Congress's Common Sense Product Liability Reform Act of 1996 and continued opposition by the ABA Section of Litigation and other groups to parts of the Act guarantee that the 20-year-old debate will continue to rage.
Susan J. Becker, Attempted Cap on Punitive Damages Continues to Spark Debate, 21 Litigation News no. 4 (May/June 1996) at p. 3