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Steven R. Pounian and Justin T. Green Steven R. Pounian and Justin T. Green

The most important trend in aviation law over the past 20 years has been whether state products liability standards can apply in an aviation products liability cases. Aviation defendants have succeeded in convincing a number of courts that Congress “impliedly” preempted the entire field of aviation when it passed the Federal Aviation Act in 1958. In a recent decision a state court found that plaintiffs’ state law products liability claims could not survive summary judgment because they conflicted with the certification of the aviation product at issue by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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