Flaming Rat

The Museum is closed until April

We are closed until April. In the meantime feel free to visit us online.

Litigation to Confront the Climate Crisis

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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

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.
Mass Supreme Court Upholds Punitive Damage Award Against Philip Morris
Massachusetts' top court on Wednesday ruled that the 1990s settlement between states and major tobacco companies did not bar the wife of a deceased smoker from recovering $10 million in punitive damages from Altria Group's Philip Morris USA Inc unit.
Legal Fight Over Nursing Home Liability for COVID-19 Deaths Heats Up in Appellate Courts
The legal fight over whether COVID-19 wrongful death lawsuits against health care providers should be heard in state or federal courts is heating up following a recent first-of-its-kind ruling.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Philly jury awards $9.7 million verdict in botched brain surgery case
A Common Pleas Court jury on Friday awarded a $9.7 million verdict for a Philadelphia man who suffered a severe brain injury during a medical procedure in 2015 performed by a neurosurgeon with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
News 5 Cleveland
How a 2005 Ohio ‘tort reform’ law has cost child rape victims millions
Placing limits on the money juries can award to lawsuit winners was “urgently needed to restore balance, fairness and predictability” into Ohio’s court system, the authors of 2005 “tort reform” legislation wrote.

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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