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This versatile casebook, written by authors who are at the forefront of torts scholarship, presents contemporary tort law in a clear and systematic framework. Now in its second edition, Tort Law: Responsibilities and Redress , has been refined based on classroom feedback to make it even more user-friendly and informative to students and professors alike.
Among the distinctive characteristics of this unique casebook:
• Tort law is presented as a coherent whole. Students leave the course with a clear sense of what tort law is and what it does, and how it differs from other bodies of law, such as contracts or criminal law.
• Painstaking case selection ensures that students will be exposed to memorable opinions that effectively convey the substance of tort doctrine while also enabling the professor to explore from any given intellectual or political perspective underlying issues of policy, process, and theory.
• Current and classic cases expose students to a diverse array of case law, including decisions from jurisdictions around the country and from trial courts as well as state and federal appellate courts.
• Modular design of chapters permits the professor to proceed from any of several different starting points, including intentional torts, negligence, or a big-picture overview of the field.
• Ample explanatory text is provided, particularly in chapters that are likely to be covered early in the course.
• Additional materials—three appendices and two “modules”— are provided to permit professors who teach 5- or 6-hour courses to cover issues of history, policy, and theory.
• Substantial expository text offers unparalleled guidance in clarifying key torts concepts such as duty, breach, proximate cause, and intent.
• The Teacher’s Manual sets the standard for giving professors everything they need to succeed in the classroom.
The meticulous revision of this casebook includes:
• Revised Chapter 2, The Duty Element, makes the material more accessible to students and enables teachers to proceed more quickly through the duty component of negligence, should they wish to spend more time on other negligence topics or other torts. New cases are more straightforward and more modern than those they have replaced..
• Revised Chapter 5, Proximate Cause and Palsgraf, presents with even greater clarity than the first edition, the topics within negligence law that are most prone to generate student confusion.
• Revised Chapter 9, Battery, Assault, and False Imprisonment , contains a new initial sequence of cases and notes carefully designed to support courses that begin with intentional torts.
• New website that includes ”retired” cases from the First Edition, practice questions, and other materials of interest.
Tort Law: Responsibilities and Redress, Second Edition, offers a contemporary approach to teaching torts without sacrificing attention to the conceptual underpinnings necessary to an in-depth understanding of tort law’s operation in the modern legal system.
Part One: Overview
Chapter 1. An Introduction to Torts
Part Two: Negligence: Liability for Physical Harms
Chapter 2. The Duty Element
Chapter 3. The Breach Element
Chapter 4. The Causation Element
Chapter 5. Aligning the Elements: Proximate Cause and Palsgraf
Chapter 6. Statutory Supplements: Negligence Per Se, Wrongful Death Acts, and Implied Rights of Action
Chapter 7. Defenses
Chapter 8. Damages and Apportionment
Part Three: Battery, Assault, False Imprisonment, and Infliction of Emotional Distress
Chapter 9. Battery, Assault, and False Imprisonment
Chapter 10. Infliction of Emotional Distress
Part Four: Liability Without Fault and Products Liability
Chapter 11. Property Torts and Ultrahazardous Activities
Chapter 12. Products Liability
Part Five: Torts at the Supreme Court
Chapter 13. Torts at the Supreme Court