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Friday, July 1, 2011

Top 10 Recent SSRN Torts & Products Liability Downloads

For all papers announced in the Torts & Products Liability e-Journal in the last 60 days, these papers have the most downloads:

Rank Downloads Paper Title
1 2321 Less than Picture Perfect: The Legal Relationship between Photographers' Rights and Law Enforcement
Morgan Leigh Manning,
University of Tennessee, Knoxville - College of Law,
Date posted to database: June 10, 2011
Last Revised: June 12, 2011
2 158 The Contribution of a Comparative Vision of Tort Law in a Global Perspective: Invisible Hand Explanation Towards the Discovery of the Thought of the Law
Gino Michele Domenico Arnone,
University of Turin - Faculty of Law,
Date posted to database: May 30, 2011
Last Revised: May 30, 2011
3 135 Punishment and Compensation: A Comment
John Gardner,
Professor of Jurisprudence, University of Oxford - Faculty of Law,
Date posted to database: May 18, 2011
Last Revised: June 7, 2011
4 123 Two Culture Problems in Law and Economics
Alan Schwartz,
Yale Law School,
Date posted to database: May 15, 2011
Last Revised: May 26, 2011
5 104 Commensurability and Agency: Two Yet-to-Be-Met Challenges for Law and Economics
Alon Harel, Ariel Porat,
Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University,
Date posted to database: June 13, 2011
Last Revised: June 13, 2011
6 95 The Limits of Tort Privacy
Neil M. Richards,
Washington University School of Law,
Date posted to database: June 13, 2011
Last Revised: June 16, 2011
7 90 The Hidden Legacy of Palsgraf: Modern Duty Law in Microcosm
W. Jonathan Cardi,
Wake Forest University,
Date posted to database: May 27, 2011
Last Revised: June 13, 2011
8 83 Inside Agency Preemption
Catherine M. Sharkey,
New York University (NYU) - School of Law,
Date posted to database: May 7, 2011
Last Revised: May 14, 2011
9 75 Mass Torts and Due Process
Sergio J. Campos,
University of Miami - School of Law,
Date posted to database: May 14, 2011
Last Revised: June 22, 2011
10 73 Permanent Injunctions as Punitive Damages in Patent Infringement Cases
Paul J. Heald,
University of Georgia - School of Law,
Date posted to database: May 26, 2011
Last Revised: June 9, 2011


July 1, 2011 in Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

IL: Med Mal Pattern Jury Instruction is Erroneous

The Illinois Supreme Court recently held that a pattern jury instruction in medical malpractice cases did not correctly state the law of Illinois.  The court held the phrase "reasonably careful" allowed the jury to consider things other than expert testimony and evidence of professional standards and conduct in determining whether a physician has complied with the standard of care.  The phrase also lacks any reference to a professional's knowledge, skill, and care or ability.  The case is Studt v. Sherman Health Systems, and is available here.

Thanks to Mark Weber for the tip.


June 28, 2011 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Torts Visitors - Needs & News

Dan Filler at Faculty Lounge reports that Duquesne Law School in Pittsburgh is seeking a Torts Visitor for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Separately, Brian Leiter's annual report on professors visiting at the top six law schools includes several notable torts profs.   Martha Chamallas (Ohio State), Keith Hylton (Boston University), Charles Silver (Texas), and Michael Trebilcock (Toronto) will be visiting at Harvard.  Alexandra Lahav (Connecticut) and Tony Sebok (Cardozo) will be visiting at Columbia.  Robert Rabin (Stanford) will be visiting at NYU.  Albert Yoon (Toronto) and Ariel Porat (Tel Aviv) will be visiting at Chicago.




June 28, 2011 in TortsProfs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Tonight on HBO

That's right.   Torts - tonight on HBO.   From Meredith Miller at Contracts Prof Blog comes word of a new documentary premiering tonight on HBO:  "Hot Coffee."    As you can guess from the title, the show uses the ubiquitous "hot coffee" case of Stella Liebeck (previously discussed here and here by Mike Rustad) as a lens to view topics of tort reform, judicial elections, and mandatory arbitration.   Unlike the typical use of the Liebeck case, however, the film makers uses it to emphasize the plaintiffs' point of view.


June 27, 2011 in Current Affairs, Legislation, Reforms, & Political News | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)