Aviation Product Liability

Product liability lawsuits against general aviation manufacturers has often been blamed for bringing the industry to the verge of extinction. Certainly some recent jury awards seem to defy all logic and common sense. But that's largely the result of state product liability laws that implement a doctrine of "strict liability" for manufacturers and make no real distinction between aircraft (designed for use by highly-trained and licensed pilots) and ordinary consumer products like automobiles, refrigerators and children's toys.

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