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The Museum is OPEN!

In celebration of the 250th Anniversary of the town of Winchester, May 21, the American Museum of Tort Law will be open free to all residents of Winchester and adjoining towns. Open from 12:00 to 1:30, before the pet parade begins.

The American Museum of Tort Law is the only museum of its kind in the world and includes, among others, exhibits about asbestos, tobacco, faulty motor vehicles, and defective workplace equipment,

Bring the family and take a short course on the law of wrongful injury. Learn how tort law makes the world a safer place.

While the physical museum is closed we've gone digital. Walk through the museum and explore the exhibits.

What is Tort Law?

It is the law that protects and compensates people who have been injured by the negligence, or recklessness, or intentional acts of wrongdoers.

Examples of Famous Tort Cases

hot coffee spilling

Liebeck v McDonald's

The famous case where Stella Liebeck received 3rd degree burns. She was one of hundreds that got burned.

Tobacco as skull and crossbones

The Tobacco Cases

The tobacco companies knew their products caused cancer and they lied about it.

Flaming Ford Pinto

Ford Pinto

Ford chose not to spend $8 per Pinto and opted to let folks die.

Latest Tort News

SF Gate
California to increase awards in medical malpractice cases
People who get hurt because of a doctor's negligence in California could soon get a lot more money in malpractice lawsuits under an agreement reached Wednesday
Washington Post
The hidden billion-dollar cost of repeated police misconduct
More than $1.5 billion has been spent to settle claims of police misconduct involving thousands of officers repeatedly accused of wrongdoing.
Center for Justice and Democracy
Fact Sheet: Doctors Come Clean About Lawsuits
See the latest fact sheet about medical malpractice from the Center for Justice and Democracy.
Koskoff
Landmark Case Opens Path to Future Suits against Gunmakers for Mass Shootings and Reveals Inner Workings of Gun Company
The families of five children and four adults killed in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School today announced a landmark victory in their long-running case against Remington, the company that made and marketed the AR-15 weapon used in the mass
The Seattle Times
Juries award students, parents, teachers $247 million for toxic exposure at Sky Valley Education Center in Monroe
Students and parents who say they suffered brain injuries from exposure to toxic chemicals at a Monroe public school were awarded $62 million by a jury on Wednesday in the second successful lawsuit involving noxious conditions at the school.
US News
Alex Jones Liable for Defamation in Sandy Hook ‘Hoax’ Case
Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was found liable Monday for damages in lawsuits brought by parents of children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting over Jones' claims that the massacre was a hoax.

What The

Press Says

Since 2015 we've won fans across the world and across the press.

Fun, creative, visually stunning and provocative. By emphasizing cases where the civil justice system led not only to compensation for injured parties, but also to changes in corporate practice that made everyone safer, the museum reveals the truth about tort law—and likely leaves visitors with more sympathy towards it.

Politico

The museum aims to describe the evolution of the law regarding negligence and liability, and it features some of the most groundbreaking cases of the late 20th century.

The New York Times

The museum’s mission is to restore the idea that personal-injury law is not a way to line the pockets of a few lucky lawyers but rather a way to hold the powerful to account. As presented by the museum, personal-injury law may be the only way to hold a corporation accountable to the people it has harmed.

The New Yorker

This nonprofit, educational institution aims to make people aware of tort law’s pivotal role in the protection of personal freedom and safety, and celebrates the historical and contemporary achievements of the civil justice system.

Forbes

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