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If you fail to follow these instructions carefully, the IEX cannot accept responsibility for the return of the assignment. It may even result in your assignment not being marked. Results will be available on the IEX website, on Friday, 8 October 2010. Assignment: 2nd Semester 2010 International Trade Law II (ITL2) SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS
This is an exercise in exploring and thinking about product liability and what a South
African exporter needs to take into account when venturing into the USA market. This
assignment is not intended to be a 20-page essay. The areas mentioned in the first
sentence above can comfortably be explained and argued in a concise 5 to 6 page
Remember to acknowledge all sources of information at the end of your report. A
simple listing is all that is required.

Hint – Sources of relevant information:

The International Intellectual Property Alliance’s latest report. Department of Trade and Industry statistics with regards to counterfeiters. South African Federation Against Copyright Theft. "South Africa becomes fertile ground for counterfeiters". The Weekender. National and international counterfeiting legislation.

NEW YORK/LONDON, March 18 (Reuters) - AstraZeneca Plc won a U.S. court battle
on Thursday over product liability claims for its blockbuster Seroquel schizophrenia
treatment, the first such case to go to trial. Thousands of plaintiffs have filed lawsuits
claiming that Seroquel caused their diabetes and that the drugmaker failed to
adequately warn patients.
AstraZeneca has denied the allegations and said on Thursday that it believed all the
patients still pursuing cases either had already had diabetes or had been at high risk
of developing it before they started taking the Astra drug.
The drug firm said nine previous cases prepared for trial had been dismissed and
some 2,600 more had been abandoned by the plaintiffs' lawyers. Astra shares were
up 0.85 percent at 1529 GMT in London.

Your company is considering selling its products in the USA.
In a well structured essay discuss the critical aspects of product liability in the USA
and how this differs from product liability in South Africa. Where possible refer to the
scenario above to explain the theory in your essay.
Students are expected to do desk research in order to increase their understanding of
product liability and the risks involved with regards to product malfunction in the USA.
It is suggested that the following content be covered in the report.
Assignment: 2nd Semester 2010 International Trade Law II (ITL2) A brief overview of product liability law in the USA and SA. Mention the laws that govern this area in each country. Who is potentially liable under product liability law in the USA and The main differences between the USA and SA with regards to The defences available to a manufacturer in the USA in the event of a class action lawsuit. Why did the plaintiffs fail in the AstraZeneca case? Why you think it is important for the company to give serious attention to product liability. Suggest ways in which the company can reduce its risk exposure in the USA market in the event of a class action lawsuit.
Hint - Sources of Relevant Information

Study Unit 6: Pg 177 to 187 Course Textbook. Van Niekerk & Schulze. The South African Law of International Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
Assignment: 2nd Semester 2010 International Trade Law II (ITL2)


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