Some corporations that made or sold various allegedly “toxic” or harmful products are today looking for and pursuing all kinds of paths to try to exit the “tort system.” One such entity is Crown Cork & Seal, which has been part of an ongoing saga in Pennsylvania that arises from a special statute limiting liability for an entity in its position. A recent lower court opinion is a victory for the corporation, but an appeal seems inevitable. The proceedings are described in a law.com article here. The opinion is online here.
One wonders whether or how much extra-territorial effect would be given to this statute by, for example, a court in a nation overseas that may have been place where the corporation’s products were sold.