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The aim of the article is to analyze the reasoning of the Supreme Court of California in Sindell v. Abbott Laboratories. Materials and methods: Materials of the study encompass US case law as well as case law of other countries concerning compensation of damage caused by defective drugs and other cases of uncertain causation. The survey is conducted within the framework of comparative law studies. In addition, elements of law and economics approach are also employed in the paper. Conclusions: Case of Sindell v. Abbott Laboratories has launched a new direction in discourse on causation in tort law and product liability. The mathematical elegance of the Court's theory is that net burden of liability borne by a particular drug manufacturer is equal to the amount of damage actually caused by its drug.


Bohdan P Karnaukh, Artem R Shymko. SIDE EFFECTS OF DIETHYLSTILBESTROL (DES) FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF TORT LAW. Wiadomosci lekarskie (Warsaw, Poland : 1960). 2020;73(12 cz 2):2946-2950

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PMID: 33611308

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