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Editor: Christopher J. Robinette
Widener Commonwealth Law School

Friday, December 17, 2010

Personal Injury Roundup No. 89 (12/17/10)

New Suits


  • Supreme Court grants cert in three generic preemption cases.  (FDA Law Blog)
  • Fifth Circuit on bellweather trial selection.  (Drug & Device)

Reform, Legislation, Policy

  • FDA begins tracking amount of antibiotics in meat. (The Atlantic)
  • President Obama signs the Healthy, Hunger-Free Act of 2010.  (WaPo)

Trials, Settlements and Other Ends


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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Olson on the Happy Meal Lawsuit

Walter Olson takes on the Happy Meal lawsuit in a guest column at New York Daily News.  ("McDonald's suit over Happy Meal toys by California mom Monet Parham new low in responsible parenting")


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The Prospects for Federal Tort Reform

Yesterday's Washington Times contained an article about the effects of the November election regarding federal tort reform.  ("Changes on the Hill bode ill for trial lawyers")


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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Top 10 Recent SSRN Torts & Products Liability Downloads


Downloads Paper Title
1 292 Harry Potter and the Trouble with Tort Theory
Scott Hershovitz,
University of Michigan Law School,
Date posted to database: October 7, 2010
Last Revised: November 14, 2010
2 203 Just a Joke: Defamatory Humor and Incongruity's Promise
Laura E. Little,
Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law,
Date posted to database: November 2, 2010
Last Revised: November 26, 2010
3 196 Apportioning Liability Behind a Veil of Ignorance
Shahar Dillbary,
University of Alabama School of Law,
Date posted to database: November 6, 2010
Last Revised: November 6, 2010
4 104 The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and the Limits of Civil Liability
Ronen Perry,
University of Haifa - Faculty of Law,
Date posted to database: October 1, 2010
Last Revised: October 1, 2010
5 91 Toward a General Theory of Tort Law: Strict Liability in Context
Richard A. Epstein,
New York University School of Law,
Date posted to database: October 6, 2010
Last Revised: November 7, 2010
6 83 The Predictability of Juries
Valerie P. Hans, Theodore Eisenberg,
Cornell University - School of Law, Cornell University - School of Law,
Date posted to database: October 2, 2010
Last Revised: October 2, 2010
7 80 Tort as a Litigation Lottery: A Misconceived Metaphor
Timothy D. Lytton, Robert L. Rabin, Peter H. Schuck,
Albany Law School, Stanford Law School, Yale University - Law School,
Date posted to database: October 12, 2010
Last Revised: November 7, 2010
8 77 Responsibility in Negligence: Why the Duty of Care is Not a Duty 'To Try'
Ori J. Herstein,
Cornell University - School of Law,
Date posted to database: September 6, 2010
Last Revised: September 12, 2010
9 76 Reputation in a Networked World: Revisiting the Social Foundations of Defamation Law
David S. Ardia,
Berkman Center for Internet & Society,
Date posted to database: October 10, 2010
Last Revised: October 10, 2010
10 71 The Pervasive Role of Uncertainty in Tort Law: Rights and Remedies
Robert L. Rabin,
Stanford Law School,
Date posted to database: October 21, 2010
Last Revised: October 21, 2010

The list covers all articles announced on the Torts & Products Liability e-Journal in the last 60 days.


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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Robinette Named Editor of Volume 6 of Appleman's Insurance

TortsProf's own Chris Robinette is the editor for Volume 6 of the venerable treatise, Appleman on Insurance (Law Library Edition) (Lexis Nexis 2011).  In addition to editing the volume, Robinette will also be writing the introduction.   Volume 6 will focus on the topic of automobile insurance.  As new volumes of the New Appleman Library Edition are published, corresponding volumes of Appleman on Insurance 2d and Appleman Insurance Law and Practice will be retired.


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