Liability for Negligent Words

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Federation Press, 1999 - Law - 264 pages
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This book is written with the aim of exploring the law of negligence in the context of words. Divided into fourteen chapters, it includes an overview of legal approaches to words followed by the significance of the House of Lords decision in Hedley Byrne as the basis of the action for negligent misstatement. A compendium of professional liability situations involving modern forms of informational injury follows. This includes the obligations of lawyers, doctors, lenders and public authorities under negligent misstatement principles. Negligent words and communication of news are also addressed, including compensation for nervous shock. A final chapter is devoted to possible future uses of the law. The law of negligence is increasingly imposing a duty of care upon professional parties. This book traces the expansion of the recognition of negligence liability where words are the source of the harm into contemporary situations of informational harm.
 

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This book is amazing, I am studying business law at the moment, and out of all the law books I am reading or using for research, this is the most well written piece of writing I have come across. It connects and distinguishes all of the cases from each other at the same time. Instead of the cases being listed and treated as completely different or separate, she has written about them together and just points out the slight differences with reference to the reasons for deciding by the judges.
I would highly recommend anyone who studies law to purchase this book, it is something that you will be able to refer to forever.
 

Contents

Why Words? Mere Words?
20
Risky Business
31
Economic Loss and Economic Reality
32
Go Directly to Anns Pass Donoghue v
54
A private anticipation and expectation involves reasonable reliance
60
The emergence of pockets of case law
66
Restricting and Expanding Liability
98
Predictions and Prognoses Aspects of Medical Negligence
112
Lender Liability Looms The Increasing Extent of BankLender
143
Words and Warnings of Public Authorities and Figures
179
Linking Negligent Words with Trade Practices Claims
196
Negligent Words and Communication of News
207
The Suspense Accounts of Contract and Tort
231
Bibliography
249
Index
259
Copyright

The Lawyer and the
125

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