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Against all odds, Ralph Nader’s American Museum of Tort Law educates visitors about the law and their rights.

Not in Winsted? No worries. You can walk through the digital 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.

Special episode of the Ralph Nader Radio Hour at the Tort Museum

Latest Tort News

Associated Press
Judge asked to question jurors who awarded $38 million in New Hampshire youth center abuse case
Attorneys for a man who prevailed in a landmark lawsuit over abuse at New Hampshire’s youth detention center asked a judge Tuesday to reconvene and question jurors, some of whom have expressed dismay that the $38 million award could be slashed by nearly 9
Insurance Journal
Employer Can’t Deny Comp Claim in Shooting Then Argue Immunity, Court Says
An employer cannot deny a workers’ compensation claim on the grounds that a shooting injury was not work-related then turn around and argue it has immunity from a tort lawsuit because the incident happened at work....
Washington State Office of the Attorney General
Kroger to pay $47.5 million to Washington to combat fentanyl epidemic
The AG filed a lawsuit against Kroger for illegally, recklessly and negligently filling opioid orders without adequately investigating “red flags” of fraud or overprescribing.
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
US Supreme Court won’t review decision that ratchets up legal risk at protests
One of the First Amendment’s bedrock protections for a free press and free expression is the rule that an individual lawfully exercising their constitutional rights can’t be held liable for a stranger’s uncoordinated decision to break the law nearby.
The Daily News
DOJ to pay $100 million to Larry Nassar victims for FBI negligence: report
Victims of Larry Nassar, the former doctor convicted of abusing hundreds of teen gymnasts over the course of decades, will get $100 million from the U.S. DOJ over the FBI’s glacial investigation that allowed the assaults to continue.
Hospitals responsible for acts of contract doctors
The Supreme Court of the State of Washington held a hospital remains responsible for those nondelegable duties regardless of whether it performs those duties through its own staff or contracts with doctors who are independent contractors.

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.


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.



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