Friday, August 5, 2011
Arthur Ripstein (Toronto) has posted to SSRN Civil Recourse and Separation of Rights and Remedies, his contribution to the Florida State civil recourse symposium. The abstract provides:
In developing their Civil Recourse theory of tort law, John Goldberg and Benjamin Zipursky seek to separate Civil Recourse from Corrective Justice by showing that tort law does not work in the ways in which corrective justice theory says that it must. The strategy of separation, in turn, rests on a separation between wrongs and remedies, a separation between ideas of risk and ideas of ordinariness, a separation between abstract characterizations of rights and contingent social norms, and, finally, a separation between a wrong done against the plaintiff and her power to exact a remedy. I argue that none of these separations can be made.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
The element of intent in battery, assault, and other intentional torts is one of the trickier concepts to teach.
Now, via the Facebook page for the finest theaters in the land, Alamo Drafthouse, comes the story of Dale Fout and Brenda Godwin, who were both at a Dallas area theater (not the Alamo).Fout received a text and looked at it during the movie. Godwin, annoyed, tapped him on the shoulder and asked him to put it away. Fout responded...strongly, we'll say, telling her never to touch him and calling the police who, at his request, issued a citation for assault.
While you contemplate whether the facts would support a civil claim for battery, enjoy the Alamo's outstanding (if not for kids) presentation of a voicemail it received from a woman who was kicked out for texting during a movie:
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Sen. Pat Vance has introduced a bill requiring dentists to carry $3M in malpractice insurance (at a cost of about $2,400 a year). The bill unanimously passed the state Senate. It has not yet been taken up in the state House. Pennlive has the story.
Monday, August 1, 2011
Details here. The law has a semi-flexible cap on punitive damages, with $500,000 or three times actual damages as the default, but with a safety valve provision to raise the cap to $2 million in certain situations. Proponents argued that the legislation will increase businesses' desire to locate in the state.