Part I of this article examines the preemption doctrine while Part II explores the development of the law of products liability. Part III analyzes products liability cases in which the preemption defense has been raised—focusing on cases involving cigarettes and automobiles—and examines the approaches taken by the courts. Finally, Part IV articulates a framework for courts to use when the preemption defense is asserted in products liability cases.
Barbara L. Atwell, Products Liability and Preemption: A Judicial Framework, 39 Buff. L. Rev. 181 (1991), http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/lawfaculty/7/.