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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Monday's Guest Blogger: Tom Galligan


Thomas C. Galligan Jr. is the president of Colby-Sawyer College. He previously served as dean and professor of law at the University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville, Tenn., where he also taught Torts and Admiralty.  From 1986 until May 1998, President Galligan taught at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University (LSU). At LSU, Galligan was named the Dr. Dale E. Bennett Professor of Law and was honored by the students as the Outstanding LSU Professor six times.  President Galligan has published numerous books and articles on torts and admiralty. His scholarship has been cited in the proposed Restatement (Third) of Torts and by numerous legal scholars. It also has been cited by the United States Supreme Court and other federal and state appellate and trial courts. He has also testified on admiralty issues before committees of the U.S. House and Senate.

President Galligan currently serves as co-chair of the New Hampshire Supreme Court Society Civics Education Task Force and is a commissioner for the New Hampshire Post-Secondary Education Commission. He holds an A.B. from Stanford University, a J.D. from the University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University) School of Law and a L.L. M. from the Columbia University Law School.

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Friday, April 1, 2011

Personal Injury Roundup No. 99 (4/1/2011)

New Cases

  • TX:  Family of teen who committed suicide sues the Texas school district where he attended school; some of the incidents were videotaped and posted to Youtube.  (ABA Journal)
  • VA:  One defamation case begets another as judge alleges defamation against newspaper based on newspaper's coverage of a defamation case over which he presided.  (VLW Blog)


Reform, Legislation, Policy

  • VA:  Governor McDonnell vetoed a compromise plan reached by hospitals, physicians, and trial lawyers providing for annual increases in Virginia's med mal cap from $2M to $3M.  Note this is a total cap, not a cap on non-economic damages.  Apparently an override is possible.  (VLW Blog)
  • MI:  Potential changes to MI no-fault auto law.  (Michigan Auto Lawyers Blog)



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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Suit Filed in Rodeo Coaster Death

On Friday, I mentioned two amusement ride deaths -- one train ride in South Carolina, and another on a roller coaster at the Houston Rodeo.  As predicted, the latter has already resulted in a suit.  You can see the complaint and answer at my other blog,


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Top 10 Recent Torts and Products Liability SSRN Downloads

RECENT HITS (for all papers announced in the last 60 days)
TOP 10 Papers for Journal of Torts & Products Liability Law eJournal

January 28, 2011 to March 29, 2011

Rank Downloads Paper Title
1 328 Rules for Growth: Promoting Innovation and Growth Through Legal Reform
Robert E. Litan, Robert E. Litan, Yochai Benkler, Henry N. Butler, John Henry Clippinger, Robert Cook-Deegan, Robert D. Cooter, Aaron S. Edlin, Nicole Stelle Garnett, Ronald J. Gilson, Oliver R. Goodenough, Gillian Hadfield, Mark A. Lemley, Frank Partnoy, George L. Priest, Larry E. Ribstein, Charles F. Sabel, Peter H. Schuck, Hal S. Scott, Robert E. Scott, Alex Stein, Victoria Stodden, John E. Tyler, Alan D. Viard, Benjamin Wittes,
AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Harvard University, George Mason University - School of Law, Faculty, Unaffiliated Authors - affiliation not provided to SSRN, Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy, University of California, Berkeley - School of Law, University of California at Berkeley, Notre Dame Law School, Stanford Law School, Vermont Law School, USC Law School and Department of Economics, Stanford Law School, University of San Diego - School of Law, Yale University - Law School, University of Illinois College of Law, Columbia University - Law School, Yale University - Law School, Harvard Law School, Columbia University - Law School, Yeshiva University - Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law , Columbia University, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, American Enterprise Institute, Unaffiliated Authors - affiliation not provided to SSRN,
Date posted to database: February 8, 2011
Last Revised: March 18, 2011
2 277 Emotion, Neuroscience, and Law: A Comment on Darwin and Greene
John Mikhail,
Georgetown University - Law Center,
Date posted to database: February 14, 2011
Last Revised: March 7, 2011
3 236 Exposing the Hocus Pocus of Trusts
Kent D. Schenkel,
New England Law - Boston,
Date posted to database: February 28, 2011
Last Revised: February 28, 2011
4 130 Climate Change, Courts, and the Common Law
Benjamin Ewing, Douglas A. Kysar,
Yale University - Law School, Yale University - Law School,
Date posted to database: January 31, 2011
Last Revised: February 23, 2011
5 112 Torts Compendium, Volume Two (Version 1.0)
Eric E. Johnson,
University of North Dakota School of Law,
Date posted to database: February 2, 2011
Last Revised: February 2, 2011
6 96 The Normativity of Private Law
Stephen A. Smith,
McGill University - Faculty of Law,
Date posted to database: March 7, 2011
Last Revised: March 7, 2011
7 90 Meaning, Purpose and Cause in the Law of Deception
Gregory Klass,
Georgetown University - Law Center,
Date posted to database: February 9, 2011
Last Revised: March 11, 2011
8 84 Tort in Three Dimensions
John C. P. Goldberg,
Harvard Law School,
Date posted to database: February 23, 2011
Last Revised: February 23, 2011
9 82 Risk Regulation and Regulatory Litigation
Patrick Luff,
University of Oxford - Faculty of Law,
Date posted to database: March 10, 2011
Last Revised: March 14, 2011



The Law and Economics of Liability Insurance: A Theoretical and Empirical Review
Tom Baker, Peter Siegelman,
University of Pennsylvania Law School, University of Connecticut - School of Law,
Date posted to database: March 13, 2011
Last Revised: March 13, 2011


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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

"Festschrift for Robert Rabin"

The topic of the 2011 Clifford Symposium on Tort Law and Social Policy is a "Festschrift for Robert Rabin."

Bob Rabin is one of the towering figures of American tort law. His work has influenced the way we think about virtually all the critical questions confronted by tort scholars. His writings on the tobacco controversy, alternative compensation systems and tort theory have powerfully affected discourse on these topics. His casebook, with Franklin and Green, has served as the introduction to tort law for thousands of students. In 2008, Bob was the recipient of the William Prosser Award for scholarship, teaching and service from the AALS Section on Torts and Compensation. Bob also has been a great friend to the Clifford Symposium. He has appeared on the program more than a half dozen times and has contributed seminal pieces about enabling torts (49 DePaul Law Review), the tobacco wars (51 DePaul Law Review), the September 11th Compensation Fund (53 DePaul Law Review), and noneconomic loss (55 DePaul Law Review). It is with the greatest pleasure and pride that we seek to honor our dear friend and colleague, Bob Rabin, at the 2011 Clifford Symposium on Tort Law and Social Policy.

The program includes an amazing line-up of torts scholars.  Session I, Reflections on Tort Theory, includes presentations by Mark Geistfeld, John Goldberg and Ben Zipursky, and Stephen Sugarman.   Session II, Tort Law and the Administrative State, includes presentations by Ellen Pryor, Peter Schuck and Cathy Sharkey.   The symposium continues on Friday with a panel on Perspectives on Compensations Schemes with presentations by Nora Engstrom, Myriam Gilles and Michael Green.  The final panel, Perspectives on Liability Rules, includes presentations by Ken Abraham, Greg Keating, and Tony Sebok.

Registration is free.  The symposium will take place April 14-15, 2011, at DePaul.




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Monday, March 28, 2011

Bret Michaels Sues CBS for 2009 Tony Injury

Bret Michaels filed a lawsuit against CBS and the Tony Awards on Friday based on the stage scenery that dropped and hit him when he performed at the 2009 Tony awards.  His suit seeks unspecified damages, but ties the 2009 injury to the brain hemorrhage that he suffered in 2010.

In addition to the expected negligence claim, the complaint  (pdf) brings claims for battery, negligent interference with economic advantage, and negligent misrepresentation. 

Coverage abounds:  People, Hollywood Reporter, LA Times, Entertainment Weekly.



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