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The Effects of Product Liability Litigation on the Value of Firms

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  • David W. Prince
  • Paul H. Rubin

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We use event study methodology to examine the effects of product liability litigation on firms in the automobile and pharmaceutical industries. We find that the filing of a lawsuit, or news stories that subsequently lead to the filing of a lawsuit, is associated with significant losses in firm value. These losses are approximately equal to the upper bound of the direct loss in value of the firms involved. This means that there may also be some reputation effect from litigation events. We also find that in the automobile industry competitors lose when one firm is sued, but in the pharmaceutical industry a lawsuit against one firm leads to an increase in value of other firms. Copyright 2002, Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal American Law and Economics Review.

Volume (Year): 4 (2002)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 44-87

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Handle: RePEc:oup:amlawe:v:4:y:2002:i:1:p:44-87

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  2. Paul Sergius Koku & Anique A. Qureshi, 2006. "Analysis of the effects of settlement of interfirm lawsuits," Managerial and Decision Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 27(4), pages 307-318.
  3. Maria De Paola & Vincenzo Scoppa, 2010. "Consumers’ Reactions To Negative Information On Product Quality: Evidence From Scanner Data," Working Papers 201012, Università della Calabria, Dipartimento di Economia, Statistica e Finanza (Ex Dipartimento di Economia e Statistica).
  4. Wang, Chun-Ju, 2010. "Research on non-market actions: A commentary essay," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 63(8), pages 905-907, August.
  5. Bruce Mizrach & Susan Zhang Weerts, 2006. "Does The Stock Market Punish Corporate Malfeasance? A Case Study of Citigroup," Departmental Working Papers 200601, Rutgers University, Department of Economics.
  6. Sanjai Bhagat & Roberta Romano, . "Event Studies and the Law--Part I: Technique and Corporate Litigation," Yale Law School John M. Olin Center for Studies in Law, Economics, and Public Policy Working Paper Series yale_lepp-1021, Yale Law School John M. Olin Center for Studies in Law, Economics, and Public Policy.
  7. Baniak Andrzej & Grajzl Peter, 2013. "Equilibrium and Welfare in a Model of Torts with Industry Reputation Effects," Review of Law & Economics, De Gruyter, vol. 9(2), pages 265-302, October.
  8. Takaoka, Sumiko, 2004. "Verdicts and the value of the firm in Japan," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 84(1), pages 93-97, July.

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