Basic Tort Law: Cases, Statutes, and Problems

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Aspen Publishers, 2007 - Law - 894 pages
The new edition of this casebook retains the features that made it a success: - clear, direct text introduces cases and explains important concepts - a balance of modern and classic torts cases, including Vaughan v. Menlove (on standard of care), Vincent v. Lake Erie Transportation Co. (on doctrine of incomplete privilege), Greenman v. Yuba Power (on product liability) - appealing, memorable problems based on actual reported cases that reinforce understanding and build analytical skills - contemporary conception and content with the most current thinking on key issues - ample background information that places cases and statutes in context - varied note materials -- introductory and transitional notes that encourage close attention to cases and perspective notes that explore a range of viewpoints on tort law - a comprehensive Teacher's Manual that includes sample syllabi and guidance for structuring 4- and 6-credit courses, detailed suggestions for presenting and preparing cases and materials for class, and answers and analysis to all problems and questions raised in the book The second edition of this popular casebook - provides updated material throughout the text - illuminates the procedural posture of every case - refreshes and updates case selection in a number of chapters, including those for standards of care, statutory violation, multiple sufficient causes, foreseeability as a proximate cause test, substantial factor as a proximate cause test, assumption of risk, and defamation - supplies reworked notes and introductory sections, particularly for res ipsa loquitur, duty, and professional standard of care Basic Tort Law: Cases, Statutes, and Problems, Second Edition, is thoroughly updated while retaining the direct approach that makes it a favorite with students and the proven pedagogy that makes it an essential teaching tool.

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Before entering law teaching, Arthur Best worked in the general counsel s office of the Federal Communications Commission, as a trial attorney for the Federal Trade Commission, as a project director for Ralph Nader s Center for Study of Responsive Law, and as a deputy commissioner in the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. He has published broadly in fields including evidence, torts, advertising regulation, dispute resolution, and lawyers ethics. Among his books are When Consumers Complain (Columbia University Press: 1981), Evidence: Examples and Explanations (8th edition, Wolters Kluwer: 2012), Basic Tort Law (3d edition, Wolters Kluwer: 2010) (co-author), Basic Evidence Law (Wolters Kluwer: forthcoming 2013) and Wigmore on Evidence Supplement volumes (Wolters Kluwer: since 1995, currently three volumes each year). Recent articles are Winking at the Jury: Implicit Vouching Versus the Limits on Opinions about Credibility, 55 Ariz. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2013) (co-author), Student Evaluations of Law Teaching Work Well: Strongly Agree, Agree, Neutral, Disagree, Strongly Disagree, 40 Southwestern L. Rev.1 (2007), Impediments to Reasonable Tort Reform: Lessons from the Adoption of Comparative Negligence, 40 Ind. L. Rev. 1 (2007), Internet Yellow Page Advertising, 55 Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 67 (co-author) (2006). Best has served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the law school and as president of the University s Faculty Senate. He has represented the Association of American Law Schools and the American Bar Association as a member and chair of law school accreditation inspection teams. He has also served on the board of directors of Colorado Lawyers for the Arts and of the Denver-based Hannah Kahn Dance Company.

David Jake Barnes is the Seton Hall University Distinguished Research Professor Law. Professor Barnes began teaching at Seton Hall in 1999 after being the Charles W. Delaney Professor of Law at the University of Denver and teaching with the economics and the law faculties at Syracuse University. Professor Barnes educational background includes undergraduate study at Dartmouth College and Wellesley College, an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. His casebooks and treatises include THE LAW OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY; BASIC TORT LAW: CASES, PROBLEMS, STATUTES, AND MATERIALS; CASES AND MATERIALS ON LAW AND ECONOMICS; STATISTICAL EVIDENCE IN LITIGATION: METHODOLOGY, PROCEDURE, AND PRACTICE; AND STATISTICS AS PROOF: FUNDAMENTALS OF QUANTITATIVE EVIDENCE. He has written dozens of articles in various areas of law including torts, intellectual property, contracts, antitrust, environmental law, evidence, remedies, and the use of statistical and scientific methods in court.

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