The Director’s Cut

When Your Doctor Breaks You

August 3, 2017

When people who have had profoundly serious wrongs inflicted on them sue, they are suing for money. But the fact is that they don’t want…

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Tort Law, the Wall Street Journal, and the Urgent need for Public Education.

July 27, 2017

When even the Wall Street Journal says that “We Won’t See You in Court: The Era of Tort Lawsuits Is Waning,” you know that you’ve…

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Black Lives matter! Blue lives matter! All lives matter!

June 23, 2017

In the past few years there has been much attention paid to controversial cases where police have used (or misused) force to subdue people, and…

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A history of dangerous devices

June 16, 2017

The American Association for Justice (AAJ) has just released a new report detailing how women have been disproportionately harmed by dangerous and unsafe drugs and…

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Congressional Meddling in Civil Justice is Misguided and Dangerous

March 16, 2017

Nora Freeman Engstrom is a Professor of Law and the Associate Dean for Curriculum at Stanford Law School, where she writes and teaches about civil…

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Recalling Tom Lambert

December 15, 2016

RECALLING TOM LAMBERT Joseph A. Page* One would be hard-pressed to find a more apt exemplification for the term “a hard act to follow” than…

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Hidden Dangers in Cars

November 17, 2016

Automobiles have been closely tied to the law of torts for a century. There have been many automobile-related lawsuits, ranging from cases involving the operation…

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Importance of Juries, pt 1

May 5, 2016

The right of trial by jury is one of the jewels of the American system of government. For hundreds of years the right of trial by jury has been seen as a check, not only on the power of government; but also on the influence of the wealthy and powerful, or in today’s parlance, the 1%.

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In Defense of Lawsuits

May 4, 2016

For years the American Chamber of Commerce has waged a war against the civil justice system. It is, after all, no big secret that the American Chamber of Commerce hates trial lawyers, and tort law; hates, in fact, the very idea of a system which hold wrongdoers accountable for causing injury, harm, and death.

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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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