Administrative Law, Torts, Product Liability, Gun Lawsuits, Sandy Hook Lawsuits, Liability
Timothy Lytton’s research examines health and safety regulations, with a particular focus on food policy. His most recent book, Kosher: Private Regulation in the Age of Industrial Food (Harvard University Press 2013), examines kosher food certification as a model of private regulation in the food industry, and the book explores the implications of this model for food safety and food labeling. He is writing a new book, Outbreak: Foodborne Illness and the Evolving Food Safety System (under contract with The University of Chicago Press) about the complex interaction of government regulation, industry supply-chain management, and tort liability in the U.S. food safety system. His research also explores food policy in the areas of obesity, nutrition labeling, and school food. Lytton also has a longstanding interest in the public policy implications of tort litigation. He has explored this subject through case studies of contemporary issues such as clergy sexual abuse and gun violence. His book Holding Bishops Accountable: How Lawsuits Helped the Catholic Church Confront Clergy Sexual Abuse (Harvard University Press 2008) explores how private lawsuits shape public policy. An earlier edited volume, Suing the Gun Industry: A Battle at the Crossroads of Gun Control and Mass Torts (University of Michigan Press 2005), analyzes tort litigation aimed at reducing gun violence.