This Note will address several questions which are both old and new in tort law. How does the court apply a stream of commerce approach to strict products liability? What does it mean for a landlord to be in the business of leasing so that strict liability may be imposed for injuries caused by latent defects in residential units? What is a latent defect so that landlords may take necessary preventative steps before renting a unit? In addition, this Note will examine the policies for extending strict liability which have developed in California case law. This Note will show that the Becker decision has created a new definition of stream of commerce and in so doing has greatly increased the potential for the imposition of strict liability in other areas of the residential housing market.
Alice L. Perlman,
Becker v. IRM Corporation: Strict Liability in Tort for Landlords, 16 Golden Gate U. L. Rev.