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Richard L. Cupp, J.D.
John W. Wade Professor of Law

Office: School of Law (SOL)

  • J.D., University of California, Davis, 1987
  • B.A., Pepperdine University, 1983, magna cum laude

Curriculum Vitae

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Professor Cupp loves teaching and learning with students. He teaches Torts, Products Liability, Remedies, and Animal Law.

Professor Cupp is also widely recognized as a leading scholar and commentator in the fields of torts and products liability. He is the coauthor of a products liability casebook, and has authored more than 20 significant scholarly articles and numerous shorter articles. Professor Cupp is an elected member of the American Law Institute, and he has served as chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Torts and Compensation Systems.



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Forthcoming Articles

  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Animals as More Than 'Mere Things,' but Still Property: A Call for Continuing Evolution of the Animal Welfare Paradigm, 82 Cinn. L. Rev. (forthcoming) SSRN
  • Richard L. Cupp Jr., Cognitively Impaired Humans, Intelligent Animals, and Legal Personhood, Fla. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2016) SSRN
  • Books

  • David A. Fischer, William C. Powers, Jr., Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Michael D. Green & Joseph Sanders, PRODUCTS LIABILITY: CASES AND MATERIALS (West, 5th ed. 2014).
  • Book Chapters

  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Tort Reform or Tort Restriction: Rhetoric as Scorekeeper, in ANDREW POPPER, MATERIALS ON TORT REFORM (Thomson/West 2010) . WorldCat
  • Articles

  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Focusing on Human Responsibility Rather than Legal Personhood for Nonhuman Animals, 33 PACE ENVTL. L. REV. 517 (2016) SSRN
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Human Responsibility, Not Legal Personhood, For Nonhuman Animals, 16 ENGAGE ISS. 2 (2015) SSRN
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Children, Chimps, and Rights Arguments from 'Marginal' Cases, 45 ARIZ. ST. L.J. 1 (2013) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., In Praise of Moral Judgment: The Restatement (Third) of Torts and Flagrant "Bad Guy" Trespassers, 1 WAKE FOREST L. REV. ONLINE 37 (2011) SSRN
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., International Tobacco Litigation's Evolution as a United States Torts Law Export: To Canada and Beyond?, 38 PEPP. L. REV. 283 (2011) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Bioethics and the Explosive Rise of Animal Law, AM. J. BIOETHICS, May 2009, at 1
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Moving Beyond Animal Rights: A Legal/Contractualist Critique, 46 SAN DIEGO L. REV. 27 (2009) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Preemption's Rise (and Bit of a Fall) as Products Liability Reform: Wyeth, Riegel, Altria, and the Restatement (Third)'s Prescription Product Design Defect Standard, 74 BROOK. L. REV. 727 (2009) (symposium issue) HeinOnline
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., A Dubious Grail: Seeking Tort Law Expansion and Limited Personhood as Stepping Stones Toward Abolishing Animals' Property Status, 60 SMU L. REV. 3 (2007) HeinOnline
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr. & Christopher L. Frost, Successor Liability for Defective Products: A Redesign Ongoing, 72 BROOK. L. REV. 1173 (2007) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Believing in Products Liability: Reflections on Daubert, Doctrinal Evolution, and David Owen's Products Liability Law, 40 U.C. DAVIS L. REV. 511 (2006) HeinOnline
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Asbestos Litigation and Bankruptcy: A Case Study for Ad Hoc Public Policy Limitations on Joint and Several Liability, 31 PEPP. L. REV. 203 (2003) HeinOnline
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Proximate Cause, the Proposed Basic Principles Restatement, and Products Liability, 53 S.C. L. REV. 1085 (2002) HeinOnline
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr. & Amber E. Dean, Veterinarians in the Doghouse: Are Pet Suits Economically Viable?, THE BRIEF, Spring 2002, at 43
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr. & Danielle Polage, The Rhetoric of Strict Products Liability Versus Negligence: An Empirical Analysis, 77 N.Y.U. L. REV. 874 (2002) HeinOnline
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Product Design and Tort Law: Safety Implications of Increasing Similarity in Civil Liability and Regulatory Standards, INJ. CONTROL & SAFETY PROMOTION, Mar. 2001, at 37
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., State Medical Reimbursement Lawsuits After Tobacco: Is the Domino Effect for Lead Paint Manufacturers and Others Fair Game?, 27 PEPP. L. REV. 685 (2000) HeinOnline
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Redesigning Successor Liability, 1999 U. ILL. L. REV. 845 (1999) HeinOnline
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., The Continuing Search for Proper Perspective: Whose Reasonableness Should Be at Issue in a Prescription Product Design Defect Analysis?, 30 SETON HALL L. REV. 233 (1999) HeinOnline
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Liability of Successor for Harm Caused by Defective Products Sold Commercially by Predecessor, 8 KAN. J. L. & PUB. POL'Y 113 (1998) (symposium issue) HeinOnline
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., A Morality Play's Third Act: Revisiting Addiction, Fraud and Consumer Choice in "Third Wave" Tobacco Litigation, 46 U. KAN. L. REV. 465 (1998) HeinOnline
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., The "Uncomplicated" Law of Products Liability: Reflections of a Professor Turned Juror, 91 NW. U. L. REV. 1082 (1997) HeinOnline
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Defining the Boundaries of "Alternative Design" under the Restatement (Third) of Torts: The Nature and Role of Substitute Products in Design Defect Analysis, 63 TENN. L. REV. 329 (1996) HeinOnline
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Rethinking Conscious Design Liability for Prescription Drugs: The Restatement (Third) Standard Versus a Negligence Approach, 63 GEO. WASH. L. REV. 76 (1994) HeinOnline
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Sharing Accountability for Breast Implants: Strict Products Liability and Medical Professionals Engaged in Hybrid Sales/Service Cosmetic Products Transactions, 21 FLA. ST. U. L. REV. 873 (1994) HeinOnline
  • Comment, Religious Torts: Applying the Consent Doctrine As Definitional Balancing, 19 U.C. Davis L. REV. 949 (1986) HeinOnline
  • Book Reviews

  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Seeking Redemption for Torts Law: Holding Bishops Accountable: How Lawsuits Helped the Catholic Church Confront Clergy Sexual Abuse, 27 J. L. & RELIGION 185 (2012) (book review). SSRN HeinOnline
  • Popular Press

  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Gorilla's Death Calls for Human Responsibility, Not Animal Personhood, The Conversation, June 3, 2016.
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Animal Cruelty Laws Don't Depend on Animal Rights, New York Times, Oct. 2, 2014.

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