Featuring both classic and modern dramatic cases, the third edition of Tort and Injury Law includes provocative problems and pithy topic outlines. The cases, selected for intrinsic interest and teachability, are interspersed with materials on law and economics, behavioral data, and legal philosophy. Shapo and Peltz constantly employ motifs that introduce basic techniques of judicial analysis and modes of judicial administration. They deftly convey the the human drama of courtroom trials by strategically weaving transcript excerpts throughout the text. The new edition contains focused presentation of modern controversies in law and policy, including: products liability; scientific proof; informed consent; and a stimulating collection of classic and contemporary materials on compensation plans, including the September 11th Victims' Compensation Fund.
The section on duty and proximate cause, chock-full of interesting cases, presents a flexible framework for a variety of approaches to the topic. In addition, stimulating materials on medical malpractice appear in several sections of the book. Another highlight of the book is its materials on current problems in toxic torts, including issues of scientific proof. Tort and Injury Law presents many opportunities for selection to suit the preferences of a wide range of torts teachers. After building a backbone for the book out of fundamental concepts pivotal to the beginning lawyer, Shapo and Peltz weave threads of law and economics, moral philosophy, and feminist jurisprudence around that spine. The comprehensive teacher's manual contains up-to-date references for case law, scholarly articles and The Third Restatement. Besides providing professors with a variety of course-planning materials, the teacher's manual also contains a large number of exam problems.