Limited liability and the public's health

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Abstract

Corporations, through their products and behaviors, exert a strong effect on the well-being of populations. Industries including frearms, motor vehicles, tobacco, and alcohol produce and market products negatively impact public health. All of these industries are composed of corporations, which are legal fctions designed to provide limited exposure to liability, through a variety of mechanisms, for their investors and directors. This means that when actions are taken on behalf of a corporate entity, the individuals responsible generally will not face personal liability for the negative results of those actions. To illustrate this point, this article considers corporate products or practices that have caused harm in varied settings, and analyzes the role that limited liability played in these cases. In addition, the article identifes ways to modify or eliminate some of the principles and practices that accompany limited liability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)599-608
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Law, Medicine and Ethics
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health Policy

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