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Editor: Christopher J. Robinette
Widener Commonwealth Law School

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Top 10 Recent SSRN Torts & Products Liability Downloads

RECENT HITS (for all papers announced
in the last 60 days)

TOP 10 Papers for Journal of LSN: Torts

August 28, 2012 to October 27, 2012

Rank Downloads Paper Title
1 233
Queues in

Ronen Perry, Tal Zarsky,
University of Haifa - Faculty of Law,
University of Haifa - Faculty of Law,
2 153
Justice in
Crisis: Victim Access to the American Medical Liability System

Joanna Shepherd,
Emory University - School of Law,
3 92 What's on
First?: Organizing the Casebook and Molding the Mind

Donald G. Gifford, Joseph Leonard Kroart, Brian M. Jones, Cheryl Cortemeglia,
University of Maryland - Francis King
Carey School of Law, Unaffiliated Authors - affiliation not provided to
, Villanova University, Sociology, University of Maryland - Francis King
Carey School of Law,
4 82 A
Fundamental Enforcement Cost Advantage of the Negligence Rule over

Steven Shavell,
Harvard Law School,
5 74 The Truth
About Torts: Defensive Medicine and the Unsupported Case for Medical Malpractice

Sidney A. Shapiro, Thomas Owen McGarity, Nicholas W. Vidargas, James Goodwin,
Wake Forest University School of Law,
University of Texas at Austin - School of Law, Center for Progressive Reform,
Center for Progressive Reform,
6 70 Convergence
and Contrast in Tort Scholarship: An Essay in Honor of Robert Rabin

John C. P. Goldberg, Benjamin C. Zipursky,
Harvard Law School, Fordham
University - School of Law,
7 70 Reflections
on Tort and the Administrative State

Robert L. Rabin,
Stanford Law School,
8 67 The
Liability Rule for Constitutional Torts

John C. Jeffries Jr.,
University of Virginia School of Law,
9 62 Disaggregating
Elizabeth Chamblee Burch,
University of Georgia Law School,
10 57 Two Roads
Diverge for Civil Recourse Theory

Christopher J. Robinette,
Widener University - School of

October 27, 2012 in Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Luppi on "Behavioral Models in Tort Law"

Barbara Luppi (UNIMORE, St Thomas Visiting) has posted "Behavioral Models in Tort Law" on SSRN.  The abstract provides:

In this paper, we illustrate how different behavioral problems can be incorporated into the standard economic model of tort law. Through this exercise, we develop a modeling language that can be utilized by law and economic scholars when considering the effect of behavioral biases and cognitive imperfections in tort law. We use these models in conjunction with the standard taxonomy of psychological biases, to show the effect of different biases on the behavior of tort agents. The models we present are applicable to a wide range of tort problems, and have the potential for application to a broader range of legal problems.


October 26, 2012 in Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Rudy Giuliani on Tort Reform

Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City, was the keynote speaker at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's annual Legal Reform Summit held yesterday in Washington, D.C..  Using his experience as mayor, Giuliani discussed his views on why tort reform was necessary. C-SPAN has video of the speech. BLT also has the story.  


October 25, 2012 in Current Affairs, Legislation, Reforms, & Political News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Meningitis Lawsuits

The Sunday Boston Globe contained an article by Jay Fitzgerald on the potential suits from the outbreak of meningitis linked to a Framingham drug compounding pharmacy.  Suffolk's Mike Rustad is quoted in the piece.


October 23, 2012 in Current Affairs, Products Liability | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)