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Pure Economic Loss in Europe

Pure Economic Loss in Europe


Part of The Common Core of European Private Law

Mauro Bussani, Vernon Valentine Palmer, James Gordley, Jürgen G. Backhaus, Francesco Parisi, Gary T. Schwartz
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  • Date Published: July 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521824644

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  • Pure economic loss is one of the most discussed and controversial legal issues in Europe today, raising complex questions which affect the law of tort and contract. How far can tort liability expand without imposing excessive burdens upon individual activity? Should the recovery of pure economic loss be the domain principally of the law of contract? And is there a common core of principles, policies and rules governing tortious liability for pure economic loss in Europe? Originally published in 2003, this is a comprehensive study of the subject, using a fact-based comparative method and in-depth research into the laws of thirteen European countries. Following a historical and analytical introduction to economic loss, experts from most European countries consider how their national systems would deal with the same practical problem, highlighting similarities and differences in a range of comprehensive issues. This is the third publication of the Common Core of European Private Law.

    • Comparative law analysis considers thirteen countries and all relevant factors affecting the legal solutions
    • Overcomes the divide between civil and common law with a factual approach to specific issues
    • Will act as a reference work because it provides considerable material on issues which often lay across different fields of private law
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    Review of the hardback: 'It is a remarkably engrossing and valuable work, a real achievement in a notoriously difficult yet important field of obligations … for this reviewer, the real value of this book lies in the brilliant and subtle analytical essays by the editors which set these national reports in context and synthesize the findings of this 'meta-study'.' Law Quarterly Review

    Review of the hardback: '… a most valuable addition to the literature on the 'common core' of European tort law.' Ken Oliphant, Cardiff University

    Review of the hardback: 'This book is a mine of informed analysis. It provides many interesting and novel insights to the complex problem of pure economic loss and has (already) been a basis for further illuminating theoretical research. Whether one's interest is in comparative law, its methodology, the harmonisation of European private law, pure economic loss or tort law more generally, this book is an indispensable resource.' Maastricht Journal of European Comparative Law

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2003
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521824644
    • length: 640 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 161 x 41 mm
    • weight: 1.152kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    General editor's preface
    List of contributors
    Table of legislation
    Relevant statutory and codified provisions (in translation)
    List of abbreviations
    Part I. Situating the Frontier:
    1. The notion of pure economic loss and its setting Mauro Bussani and Vernon Valentine Palmer
    2. The rule against recovery in negligence for pure economic loss: an historical accident? James Gordley
    3A. Pure economic loss: an economic analysis Jürgen G. Backhaus
    3B. Liability for pure financial loss: revisiting the economic foundations of a legal doctrine Francesco Parisi
    4. American tort law and the (supposed) economic loss rule Gary T. Schwartz
    5. The liability regimes of Europe - their façades and interiors Mauro Bussani and Vernon Valentine Palmer
    Part II. The Comparative Evidence: Case Responses and Editors' Comparative Comments:
    6. Preliminary remarks on methodology Mauro Bussani and Vernon Valentine Palmer
    7. The case studies
    Part III. Much Ado About Something:
    8. Summary and survey of the cases and results Mauro Bussani and Vernon Valentine Palmer
    9. General conclusions of the study Mauro Bussani and Vernon Valentine Palmer
    10. The recoverability of pure economic loss within the perspective of a European codification Mauro Bussani and Vernon Valentine Palmer

  • Editors

    Mauro Bussani, Università degli Studi di Trieste

    Vernon Valentine Palmer, Tulane University, Louisiana


    Mauro Bussani, Vernon Valentine Palmer, James Gordley, Jürgen G. Backhaus, Francesco Parisi, Gary T. Schwartz

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