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

Flaming Rat

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Tuesday - Saturdays 10AM - 5PM
Sundays 11AM - 4PM

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

Reuters News
Supreme Court Purdue ruling makes mass litigation tougher to resolve in bankruptcy
The Supreme Court with Thursday's Purdue decision took that option off the table, ruling that nothing in U.S. bankruptcy law allows courts to release legal claims against non-debtors without the consent of the people who sued them.
Corporate Crime Reporter
Negligence Standard for AI
"Tort law offers a compelling template, but the challenge is to adapt its distinctly human notion of fault to algorithms" Tort law liability standard is negligence, which compares the defendant’s behavior to other ‘reasonable’ people's behavior.
Finger Lakes Times
Dollar General sued after woman slips on sidewalk at store and later dies
County treasurer is suing Dollar General Corp. on behalf of the estate of a Wayne County woman who died in January 2022 after slipping and falling on a sidewalk at the Route 414 store in Rose.
JD Supra
Colorado Supreme Court Rules On Economic Loss Rule Bars Plaintiff’s Claims
In City of Aspen v. Burlingame Ranch II Condo. Owners Ass’n, Inc., 2024 CO 46 (Colo. 2024), the Colorado Supreme Court case clarifies that the economic loss rule (ELR) has no part to play in determining whether the Colorado Government Immunity Act (CGIA)
Law & Crime
the Supreme Court ruled that the common law tort of malicious prosecution has its closest constitutional analogue in a Fourth Amendment unreasonable seizure claim.
Insurance Journal
Industry Groups Back Drugmakers’ Appeal in Zantac Cancer Lawsuits
A bid by GSK and other drugmakers to stop more than 70,000 lawsuits in Delaware over discontinued heartburn drug Zantac has received the backing of leading U.S. industry groups, including the United States Chamber of Commerce and Big Pharma.

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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