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’98 Tobacco Settlement

April 13, 2016

November 1998 marked a pivotal moment in the history of cigarettes in the United States. Forty-six states and the four largest tobacco companies reached a landmark settlement that brought sweeping changes to cigarette manufacturers’ practices—and to rates of smoking. Since the settlement, cigarette smoking rates in the United States have been cut nearly in half.

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Tyson Foods Update

March 24, 2016

At the beginning of the workday, some workers do not simply arrive and start working. Workers at the Tyson Foods, Inc., plant in Storm Lake, Iowa, first must put on protective and sanitation gear that is necessary for the tasks they are performing that day. The time they spent donning and doffing that gear is at the center of a case that the Supreme Court decided on March 22.

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Shining a Light

February 9, 2016

Three of the most important purposes of tort law are: To compensate those who have been wrongly injured; To disclose the acts of wrongdoing that…

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Flint Water Crisis

January 28, 2016

Flint, Mich., is under national scrutiny because of its contaminated drinking water. Various mismanagement of the city’s drinking water supply has allowed dangerous levels of lead into people’s homes, workplaces, and schools.

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Weapon of the Weak

January 20, 2016

In his remarks at the opening of the American Museum of Tort Law, Pulitzer Prize winning historian Eric Foner stated that tort law is “the weapon of the weak.”

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History in the making

December 11, 2015

The law is not static. It changes and evolves as society changes. So a Museum dedicated to the law is not, and cannot be static, locked in time, and frozen.

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Lawn Darts

November 19, 2015

It’s so exciting to watch our reputation grow. Just this morning I received a very nice note from Professor Andrew Jay McClurg, of the University…

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Donning and Doffing

November 11, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to decide a case involving workers at a Tyson Foods, Inc., plant who allege that the company failed to pay them overtime for donning and doffing protective and sanitation gear that they were required to wear while working, and for time spent walking to and from their workstations.

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