Summary: H.R.2937 — 102nd Congress (1991-1992)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.2937. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (07/17/1991)

Product Liability Uniform Standards Act - Sets forth uniform national standards for product liability cases.

Preempts inconsistent State laws. Declares that the provisions of this Act shall be inapplicable in certain environmental actions.

Makes negligence the sole test for all defective design and failure-to-warn product liability actions. Places the burden of proof on the claimant in such cases. Treats the product seller as the manufacturer (for the purposes of such actions) if: (1) the manufacturer is not subject to service of process; or (2) the court determines that the claimant would be unable to enforce a judgment against the manufacturer.

Requires damages to be reduced by the amount of workers' compensation benefits paid.

Makes a product manufacturer or seller who acted with reckless disregard for the consumers' safety liable for punitive damages. Lists factors for the trier of fact to consider when determining the amount of punitive damages.

Directs the Judicial Conference of the United States to establish a Product Liability Damages Review Panel to conduct a study of damages in relation to the product liability litigation system. Authorizes appropriations.