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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Cookie Dough Suits Filed

A California woman has filed suit against Nestle alleging that raw chocolate chip cookie dough gave her food poisoning, although no tests have confirmed any contamination in Nestle products and despite a clear warning on Nestle pre-packaged cookie dough not to eat the dough raw.  Nestle voluntarily recalled dozens of brands of cookie dough a few weeks ago.   About Lawsuits has more.


June 27, 2009 in Products Liability | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Who Wants to Be a TortsProf?

I assure you it's fabulous!  Prawfsblawg has an open thread for hiring chairs.  At least three schools--Notre Dame, St. John's, and Lewis & Clark--have stated in interest in hiring for Torts.  The full list, including contact information, is here.


June 25, 2009 in TortsProfs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Michigan Class Action Autism Settlement

As the National Law Journal reports, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has agreed to a $1M settlement to reimburse at least 100 families for the costs of applied behavioral analysis treatment for their autistic children.  


June 24, 2009 in MDLs and Class Actions | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Ted Frank's New Blog

Ted Frank of Overlawyered and Point of Law has launched a new blog:  

Center for Class Action Fairness, a project founded by Ted Frank to provide pro bono representation to consumers dissatisfied with court-appointed representatives in class actions, especially with respect to settlement approval.


June 24, 2009 in MDLs and Class Actions | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Reminder: Prosser Award Nominations Due Next Week (July 1st)

The Torts and Compensation Systems section of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) is soliciting nominations for the William L. Prosser Award.  The award "recognize[s] outstanding contributions of law teachers in scholarship, teaching and service in ... torts and compensation systems ...."   The two most recent distinguished recipients are Robert Rabin and Dan Dobbs. Past recipients also include luminaries such as  Leon Green, Wex Malone,  and John Wade.

Any law professor is eligible to nominate another law professor for the award.  Selection of the recipient will be made by members of the Executive Committee of the Torts and Compensation Systems Section, based on the recommendation of a special selection committee.  The announcement of the award will be made at the annual AALS meeting in January, 2010.   

Nominations, accompanied by a brief supporting statement, should be submitted to Prof. Michael L. Rustad, Secretary of the Executive Committee, either by regular mail or e-mail  at  Nominations must be received no later than 5 pm eastern time (U.S.) on July 1, 2009.  E-mail submissions at are preferred.   If you prefer to mail the nominations, please send them to the address below:


Michael L. Rustad
Thomas F. Lambert Jr. Professor of Law &
Co-Director of the Intellectual Property Law Concentration
Suffolk University Law School
120 Tremont Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02108-4977
Tel: 617-573-8190



June 23, 2009 in TortsProfs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

AALS Torts Section Announces Panel on Richard Epstein

 Announcement and Call for Papers

AALS Torts Group Section Meeting

January 8, 2010, 8:30 – 10:15 a.m.


Panel: Richard Epstein’s Legacy in Torts.


            Richard Epstein is among the most prominent and influential torts scholars of our times.  Unmatched in breadth, his scholarly corpus displays a remarkable command of doctrinal, historical, institutional and philosophical analysis. A fiercely independent thinker, Professor Epstein has challenged conventional wisdom on core topics including:  the centrality of fault to modern accident law; the reluctance of courts to allow potential personal injury victims to contract around tort law; the desirability of flexible liability standards over clear rules, the soundness of New York Times v. Sullivan, and the lack of meaningful constitutional limits on tort reform legislation.

            The Executive Committee of the Torts and Compensation System is delighted to have assembled for the 2010 AALS Annual Meeting a panel of world-renowned tort scholars consisting of Jules Coleman (Yale), Jill Horwitz (Michigan), Joshua Getzler (Oxford), and Benjamin Zipursky (Fordham). The panelist will critically examine various dimensions of Professor Epstein’s work, and its potential significance for future tort law and scholarship.  After Professor Epstein has an opportunity to respond, a question-and-answer session will follow. 


Call for Papers


            Papers written by panelists at this year’s AALS Torts Section meeting will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Tort Law (“JTL”).   JTL is also at this time inviting scholars to submit papers for publication on this topic.  Ordinary JTL submissions procedures and publication standards will apply.  Deadline for submissions of papers is January 4, 2010, 5 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S.). 




June 23, 2009 in Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, June 22, 2009

NYT Letters on Med Mal

The NYT has a letters-to-the-editor section devoted to medical malpractice.


June 22, 2009 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)