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Southwestern Law School

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Susan Saladoff & Victor Schwartz Discuss "Hot Coffee"

Back in late February, Widener screened the documentary "Hot Coffee" in honor of Scott Cooper's status as incoming President of PA Justice.  As part of the event, Susan Saladoff, the director, appeared via Skype to discuss the movie and answer questions.  Victor Schwartz, General Counsel for the American Tort Reform Association, also appeared to discuss the movie and answer questions.  As far as I know, this is the first time the two "appeared" together, even if it was via Skype.  Ms. Saladoff had already started talking when the recording began; the video is about 45 minutes long.  Enjoy!


July 19, 2012 in Film, Legislation, Reforms, & Political News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Battery, Assault, Or Just A Request for Courtesy?

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:




August 4, 2011 in Current Affairs, Film, Teaching Torts | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

More Torts and Pop Culture

Torts aficionados should be proud.  Our subject has been used to prove the bona fides of a lawyer in the movie "Rachel Getting Married," a powerful, disturbing movie about family dynamics and the consequences of actions.  It features Anne Hathaway in a terrific, have-to-take-her-seriously-now role as a recovering drug addict haunted by the death of her little brother.  The torts moment occurs when Anne's character is told that the best man in her sister's wedding used to practice law.  She is dubious, and asks him to "say something legal" to her.  His one-word reply is "tort."


September 23, 2009 in Film | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, April 30, 2009

"Prosser on Torts" in Pop Culture

 And now for something completely different.  The end of classes finds me in a somewhat mellow mood, focusing on the lighter side of torts.  In that vein, I'm curious about the number of references to Prosser on Torts in pop culture. 

For instance:

  •  In the 1991 movie "Doc Hollywood," Michael J. Fox's character encounters Julie Warner's character in a diner in fictional Grady, South Carolina.  She is interested in eventually going to law school, and she's reading the famous tome. 
  • In Lisa Scottoline's 2006 novel, Dirty Blonde, on page 335, the main character is unpacking books in her judicial chambers.  One of the books is, again, the famous tome.  The heroine clearly had good taste in law classes:  "Cate unpacked another book, Prosser on Torts.  She had loved that class."  (Thanks to my colleague Kathy Jones for the tip.)
  • During the 2008 campaign, Prosser on Torts made an appearance on the website Things Younger than John McCain here

Am I missing any?


April 30, 2009 in Books, Film | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)