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Thursday, March 19, 2020

First Coronavirus Lawsuit

At Maryland Injury Lawyer Blog, Ron Miller covers the first coronavirus lawsuit.  It stems from the Grand Princess cruise ship.

March 19, 2020 in Current Affairs, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Bernstein at the Faculty Lounge

Anita Bernstein is blogging at the Faculty Lounge.  Her most-recent post is about June Medical Services, LLC v. Russo, argued yesterday at SCOTUS.

March 5, 2020 in Current Affairs, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, February 24, 2020

Bettman on Supreme Court of Ohio on Wrongful Termination

At Legally Speaking Ohio, Marianna Brown Bettman provides a thorough analysis of the Supreme Court of Ohio's decision in House v. Iacovelli.  In that case, the court stated:  “It is less likely that a wrongful-termination-in-violation-of-public-policy claim is necessary when remedies for statutory violations are included in the statutory scheme.”  The court rejected the wrongful discharge claim; the fact there was no remedy for the individual employee affected did not alter the court's decision.

This reminds me of a recent Iowa case:  Ferguson v. Exide Techs., Inc., 936 N.W.2d 429, 434-435 (Iowa 2019) (“[W]hen the legislature includes a right to civil enforcement in the very statute that contains the public policy a common law claim would protect, the common law claim for wrongful discharge in violation of public policy becomes unnecessary.”).  The major difference between the two is that the Iowa holding leaves the individual employee with a claim. 

February 24, 2020 in Current Affairs, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

JOTWELL Torts: Zipursky on Fallon on Constitutional Torts

At JOTWELL, Ben Zipursky reviews Richard Fallon's Bidding Farewell to Constitutional Torts.

February 5, 2020 in Scholarship, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, January 20, 2020

Conk on the Cato Institute and Qualified Immunity

At Otherwise, George Conk details the Cato Institute's recent battle against qualified immunity.

January 20, 2020 in Legislation, Reforms, & Political News, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, January 3, 2020

JOTWELL Torts: Sebok on Herstein on Moral Responsibility in Negligence

At JOTWELL, Tony Sebok reviews Ori Herstein's Nobody's Perfect:  Moral Responsibility in Negligence.

January 3, 2020 in Scholarship, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, November 25, 2019

JOTWELL Torts: Goldberg on Descheemaeker on Compensating Emotional Harm

At JOTWELL, John Goldberg reviews Eric Descheemaker's Rationalising Recovery for Emotional Harm in Tort Law, 134 L.Q. Rev. 602 (2018).

November 25, 2019 in Damages, Scholarship, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Bell on the Model Uniform Products Liability Act

At Notice & Comment, Bernard Bell has posted "Fortieth Anniversary: The Commerce Department’s Foray Into Re-Writing Products Liability Law," which describes the history of the Model Uniform Products Liability Act.

October 30, 2019 in Products Liability, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, October 17, 2019

JOTWELL Torts: Bublick on Keating on the Nature of Tort Law

At JOTWELL, Ellie Bublick reviews Greg Keating's Is Tort Law "Private"?.

October 17, 2019 in Scholarship, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, September 6, 2019

JOTWELL Torts: Keating on Steel on Reparation

At JOTWELL, Greg Keating reviews Sandy Steel's Compensation and Continuity.

September 6, 2019 in Scholarship, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, August 12, 2019

JOTWELL Torts: Green on Yeung on Computer Code as Law

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

JOTWELL Torts: Engstrom on Kachalia et al. on Med Mal Communication-and-Resolution Programs

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

JOTWELL Torts: Geistfeld on Long on Suicide

At JOTWELL, Mark Geistfeld reviews Alex Long's Abolishing the Suicide Rule.

April 30, 2019 in Scholarship, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, April 11, 2019

The Waiver Society Project

Yesterday, I posted an article written by John Witt, Ryan Martins, and Shannon Price.  They are also involved in a website called The Waiver Society Project.  From the website:

The general aim of the Waiver Project is to communicate something about the ubiquity of waivers in our world and to promote better understanding of the role  these complex documents play in the world around us. We want to understand the waiver not only as a legal tool, but as a sociological phenomenon. Why are waivers so common in modern society? Whose interests do they serve? Do differences among courts in waiver enforcement translate to better or worse waivers?

In short, we aim to stimulate thinking on the significance of waivers in our society. To this end, we hope to collect, share, and analyze waivers from all across the country. 

To do this we need your help!

    • Please send us any and all waivers you have, ideally with the date and time of the conduct in question.  Please see the “Contact & Submit” section of the website for instructions on how to submit your waivers, and let us know about your own experience with these strange legal documents. 

    • Send us new cases or articles from your jurisdiction so that we can keep the state summaries and bibliography updated.

    • Send news articles that catch your eye about waivers and waiver cases.  

We look forward to hearing from you!

April 11, 2019 in Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, April 1, 2019

JOTWELL Torts: Zipursky on Abraham & White on Cardozo's Wagner Opinion

At JOTWELL, Ben Zipursky reviews Ken Abraham and Ted White's Recovering Wagner v. International Railway Company.

April 1, 2019 in Scholarship, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, February 21, 2019

JOTWELL Torts: Wriggins on Avraham & Yuracko on Race-Based Damages

Friday, January 25, 2019

JOTWELL Torts: Sebok on Abraham & Kendrick on Affirmative Duties

At JOTWELL, Tony Sebok reviews Ken Abraham & Leslie Kendrick's There's No Such Thing as Affirmative Duty.

January 25, 2019 in Scholarship, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, December 14, 2018

JOTWELL Torts: Goldberg on Engstrom on Auto Accidents

At JOTWELL, John Goldberg reviews Nora Engstrom's When Cars Crash:  The Automobile's Tort Legacy.

December 14, 2018 in Scholarship, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, November 16, 2018

JOTWELL Torts: Avraham on Ben-Shahar on "Data Pollution"

At JOTWELL, Ronen Avraham reviews Omri Ben-Shahar's Data Pollution.

November 16, 2018 in Scholarship, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, October 15, 2018

JOTWELL Torts: Keating on Abraham & White on the Dignitary Torts

At JOTWELL, Greg Keating reviews Ken Abraham and Ted White's The Puzzle of the Dignitary Torts.

October 15, 2018 in Scholarship, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0)