Prof. John F. Vargo (retired)
Prof. John F. Vargo (retired) Indiana University Law School, J.D., cum laude; Indiana University, B.A. Adjunct Professor of Law at Indiana University Law School (1976-79), Bond University Law School (Australia, 1990-95), and Deakin University Law School (Australia, 1996), where he taught torts and products liability. He is Life Member of the American Law Institute ("ALI") and the lead author and Editor-in-Chief of Matthew Benderís seven-volume treatise, PRODUCTS LIABILITY PRACTICE GUIDE and is the author of more than 40 articles and book chapters, past board member and author of National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) certification course on products liability (1983-98); Lecturer at Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) programs in the U.S., Canada, France, Italy, and Germany (1982-98). Among Mr. Vargoís more important and most widely cited articles are The Emperor's New Clothes: the American Law Institute Adorns a New Cloth for Section 402a Products Liability Design Defects a Survey of the States Reveals a Different Weave, 26 U. MEM. L. REV. 493 (1996); Caveat Emptor: Will the A.L.I. Erode Strict Liability in the Restatement (Third) for Products Liability, in Symposium: the Revision of the Restatement (Second) of Torts, Section 402a, 10 TOURO L. REV. 21 (1993); and The American Rule on Attorney Fee Allocation: The Injured Person's Access to Justice, 42 AM. U.L.REV. 1567 (1993). In addition to his academic career and accomplishments, Mr. Vargo has been in private practice for over 30 years; he represented major manufacturers and insurance companies from 1974 to 1980 and has exclusively represented plaintiffs since 1980.