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The UK Supreme Court Yearbook Volume 7: 2016

Edited by: Daniel Clarry, Christopher Sargeant
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Stratospheric Ozone Damage and Legal Liability: US public policy and tort litigation to protect the ozone layer

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ISBN13: 9781138648876
Published: July 2016
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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While government enforcement of laws and regulations to control the production of chloroflurocarbons in 1987 has been hailed as exemplifying the precautionary principle, for almost two decades US companies failed to take precautionary measures to prevent chemical emissions, despite the probable risk of stratospheric ozone loss. As a result, human harms in the form of skin cancer have reached epidemic proportions globally and in the United States where, today, one person dies every hour from skin cancer.

This book reviews U.S. laws, regulations, and policies, as well as case law regarding similar toxic tort cases to consider whether companies can and should be held legally liable under tort common law theories and related tort justice theories for having contributed to increased risks of skin cancer.

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Environmental Law, Other Jurisdictions , USA
1. Road map and summary stratospheric ozone damage and tort liability
2. Review of political science and legal scholarship on ozone layer depletion
3. Tort Policy and Justice
4. Tort Liability Theory
5. The causes and damages of ozone layer depletion
6. United States stratospheric ozone protection policy
7. The ozone layer case liability test
8. Pre-emption Issues
9. Conclusions: Can, why, should and how?