The PIP CrIsIs and the Protection of the Consumer in English Law

Author: Smart, Anthony

Source: King's Law Journal, Volume 24, Number 1, March 2013 , pp. 119-129(11)

Publisher: Hart Publishing

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Concerns over Poly Implant Proth?se (PIP) implants have dominated the media since late 2011, and have prompted not one but two reviews by the Department of Health. In this article I will consider the strength of English law in protecting consumers, and the routes those suffering injury through defective products can take. Thus, I shall consider first the Consumer Protection Act 1987 (CPA), before looking at the avenues offered in both tort and contract. It will be argued that despite some notable failings, the CPA does offer a necessary, if not ideal, alternative to the more well-travelled roads in tort and contract. The final thoughts will consist of a return to the current concerns over PIP implants, wherein it will be averred that the current state of English law provides a strong route for claimants.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: March 1, 2013

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