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The Mystery Of Mutual Insurers In Lawyers Professional Liability Insurance, Tom Baker, Rick Swedloff 2016 University of Pennsylvania Law School

The Mystery Of Mutual Insurers In Lawyers Professional Liability Insurance, Tom Baker, Rick Swedloff

Faculty Scholarship

Large law firms in the U.S. rely heavily on lawyers-only mutual insurers to manage their malpractice risks. Yet, under classic economic theory, mutual insurers should not be able to compete with stock insurers, at least absent a market failure. Mutuals have less access to capital and thus less ability to spread risk. Also, mutuals demand much more law firm partner time. Our research into the lawyers’ professional liability (LPL) insurance market makes three contributions. First, while we find evidence consistent with the traditional explanations for mutual insurance—market failures related to moral hazard and adverse selection and a problem ...


Khoury V. Seastrand, 132 Nev. Adv. Op. 52 (July 28, 2016), Ronni Boskovich 2016 Nevada Law Journal

Khoury V. Seastrand, 132 Nev. Adv. Op. 52 (July 28, 2016), Ronni Boskovich

Nevada Supreme Court Summaries

The Court considered three consolidated appeals from a district court judgment, pursuant to a jury verdict, and post-judgment orders awarding costs and denying a new trial in a personal injury action. While the Court addressed numerous issues, the following three questions comprised the bulk of the consolidated appeals: (1) whether an attorney may ask prospective jurors questions concerning a specific verdict amount to determine potential bias or prejudice; (2) whether repeatedly asking questions about that specific amount results in jury indoctrination warranting a mistrial; and (3) when a district court abuses its discretion in dismissing jurors for cause under Jitnan ...


Forum Selling, Daniel M. Klerman, Greg Reilly 2016 USC Law School

Forum Selling, Daniel M. Klerman, Greg Reilly

University of Southern California Legal Studies Working Paper Series

Forum shopping is problematic because it may lead to forum selling. For diverse motives, including prestige, local benefits, or re-election, some judges want to hear more cases. When plaintiffs have wide choice of forum, such judges have incentives to make the law more pro-plaintiff, because plaintiffs choose the court. While only a few judges may be motivated to attract more cases, their actions can have large effects, because their courts will attract a disproportionate share of cases. For example, judges in the Eastern District of Texas have distorted the rules and practices relating to case assignment, joinder, discovery, transfer, and ...


Resolving Dilemmas In Canadian Class Actions By Reconsidering Private Law Principles, Stephanie Sugar 2016 The University of Western Ontario

Resolving Dilemmas In Canadian Class Actions By Reconsidering Private Law Principles, Stephanie Sugar

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

Class actions cases illuminate the theoretical underpinnings of private law in a way that traditional two-party litigation does not. Many class actions deal with plaintiffs who have not suffered a large loss (or a quantifiable monetary loss at all), or the defendant has made profits that are disproportionately greater than the plaintiffs’ compensable loss (if any). Applying orthodox principles of private law and negligence to these cases results in barring plaintiffs from recovery despite their rights being violated and defendants not disgorging profits made from wrongdoing. The solution resolving these dilemmas should not be to create separate law only applicable ...


The Staab Saga: The Nonparty, Joint And Several Liability, And Loss Reallocation In The Minnesota Comparative Fault Act, Mike Steenson 2016 Mitchell Hamline School of Law

The Staab Saga: The Nonparty, Joint And Several Liability, And Loss Reallocation In The Minnesota Comparative Fault Act, Mike Steenson

Mitchell Hamline Law Review

No abstract provided.


The Administrative State And The Common Law: Regulatory Substitutes Or Complements?, Catherine M. Sharkey 2016 NYU School of Law

The Administrative State And The Common Law: Regulatory Substitutes Or Complements?, Catherine M. Sharkey

New York University Public Law and Legal Theory Working Papers

The modern administrative state looms larger than ever, and grows at an ever-accelerating pace. Not everyone is pleased with these developments. Four such individuals — Chief Justice Roberts, Justices Thomas, Alito, and the late Justice Scalia — have expressed their displeasure, indeed their alarm, with consistency, clarity, and vigor. They warn that the rise of administrative agencies, and the attendant ascendance of doctrines of mandatory judicial deference to agency interpretations of federal law, signals no less than the end of our government’s separation-of-powers structure, and our right to live our lives without fear of bureaucratic encroachment at every turn. Their opinions ...


Tort Reform: Blocking The Courthouse Door And Denying Access To Justice, Joanne Doroshow 2016 New York Law School

Tort Reform: Blocking The Courthouse Door And Denying Access To Justice, Joanne Doroshow

Impact Center for Public Interest Law

No abstract provided.


The Prosser Myth Of Transferred Intent, Peter B. Kutner 2016 University of Oklahoma College of Law

The Prosser Myth Of Transferred Intent, Peter B. Kutner

Indiana Law Journal

The main theme of this Article is that Prosser advanced a mythical doctrine of transferred intent. What Prosser asserted to be the law was not the law when he wrote his article on transferred intent and amended his treatise. The cases he relied on to support his conclusions on transferred intent did not support them. Moreover, despite Prosser’s great influence on American tort law, Prosser’s position on transferred intent is not the law now and should not be. Its consequences are undesirable. Recognition of transferred intent as a basis of liability is due primarily to its inclusion in ...


Terra Firma As Open Seas: Interpreting Kiobel In The Failed State Context, Drew F. Waldbeser 2016 Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Terra Firma As Open Seas: Interpreting Kiobel In The Failed State Context, Drew F. Waldbeser

Indiana Law Journal

This Note will ultimately argue that, despite the expansive language in Kiobel, the Court’s reasoning does not necessarily foreclose all “foreign-cubed” claims. Suits alleging human rights violations originating from conduct that took place in failed states avoid the concerns the Court emphasized in Kiobel. The Court should allow jurisdiction for human rights offenses in failed states, despite their “foreign-cubed” nature, because the already existing rationale for allowing jurisdiction for international piracy offenses is highly analogous.

Part I of this Note explores the ATS jurisprudence leading up to and including Kiobel. Besides exploring the tensions and policy interests courts are ...


Student-On-Teacher Violence: A Proposed Solution, Perris E. Nelson 2016 Brigham Young University Law School

Student-On-Teacher Violence: A Proposed Solution, Perris E. Nelson

Brigham Young University Education and Law Journal

No abstract provided.


Aviation Law - Personal Injury - The Warsaw Convention, As Modified By The Montreal Agreement, Acts To Establish The Air Carrier’S Strict Liability For A Passenger’S Personal Injury Incurred During An Aircraft Hijacking, Robert T. Bockman 2016 University of Georgia School of Law

Aviation Law - Personal Injury - The Warsaw Convention, As Modified By The Montreal Agreement, Acts To Establish The Air Carrier’S Strict Liability For A Passenger’S Personal Injury Incurred During An Aircraft Hijacking, Robert T. Bockman

Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law

No abstract provided.


Adding Insult To Death: Why Punitive Damages Should Not Be Imposed Against A Deceased Tortfeasor's Estate In Ohio, Alec A. Beech 2016 University of Akron

Adding Insult To Death: Why Punitive Damages Should Not Be Imposed Against A Deceased Tortfeasor's Estate In Ohio, Alec A. Beech

Akron Law Review

A majority of jurisdictions in the United States have determined, either statutorily or judicially, that punitive damages cannot be imposed against deceased tortfeasors. However, a recent Ohio appellate court held to the contrary. In Whetstone v. Binner, the Ohio Fifth District Court of Appeals adopted the minority view when it held that punitive damages could be imposed against a decedent’s estate. This Comment takes the position that Whetstone was incorrectly decided. Specifically, this Comment argues that the longstanding purposes of punitive damages are not furthered when such damages are imposed against estates and that Ohio law supports this conclusion.


Lights, Camera, … Injury! The Nba Needs To Ban Courtside Cameramen, Joshua D. Winneker, Philip Schultze, Sam C. Ehrlich 2016 Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Lights, Camera, … Injury! The Nba Needs To Ban Courtside Cameramen, Joshua D. Winneker, Philip Schultze, Sam C. Ehrlich

Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal

No abstract provided.


Compensation's Role In Deterrence, Russell M. Gold 2016 NYU School of Law

Compensation's Role In Deterrence, Russell M. Gold

New York University Public Law and Legal Theory Working Papers

There are plenty of non-economic reasons to care whether victims are compensated in class actions. The traditional law and economics view, however, is that when individual claim values are small, there is no reason to care whether victims are compensated. Deterring wrongdoing is tort law’s primary economic objective. And on this score, law and economics scholars contend that only the aggregate amount of money that a defendant expects to pay affects deterrence. They say that it does not matter for deterrence purposes how that money is split between victims, lawyers, and charities. This Article challenges that claim about achieving ...


The Remains Of The Citadel (Economic Loss Rule In Products Cases), Catherine M. Sharkey 2016 NYU School of Law

The Remains Of The Citadel (Economic Loss Rule In Products Cases), Catherine M. Sharkey

New York University Law and Economics Working Papers

Though its seeds may have been planted long before, the economic loss rule in products liability tort law emerged in full force at the very same moment as the doctrine of strict products liability in the mid-1960s. This moment, fueled by the fall of privity and the rise of implied warranty earlier in the century, was of great doctrinal import — a moment when strict liability threatened to erase altogether the boundary between tort and contract in the context of defective products cases and move those cases firmly into the tort realm. The economic loss rule emerged as a crucial new ...


Compensation's Role In Deterrence, Russell M. Gold 2016 NYU School of Law

Compensation's Role In Deterrence, Russell M. Gold

New York University Law and Economics Working Papers

There are plenty of non-economic reasons to care whether victims are compensated in class actions. The traditional law and economics view, however, is that when individual claim values are small, there is no reason to care whether victims are compensated. Deterring wrongdoing is tort law’s primary economic objective. And on this score, law and economics scholars contend that only the aggregate amount of money that a defendant expects to pay affects deterrence. They say that it does not matter for deterrence purposes how that money is split between victims, lawyers, and charities. This Article challenges that claim about achieving ...


Home Is Where The Confusion Is: Pennsylvania Formally Adopts The "Gist Of The Action" Doctrine And Builds A House For Ambiguity In Bruno V. Erie Insurance Co., Lauren Anthony 2016 Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Home Is Where The Confusion Is: Pennsylvania Formally Adopts The "Gist Of The Action" Doctrine And Builds A House For Ambiguity In Bruno V. Erie Insurance Co., Lauren Anthony

Villanova Law Review

No abstract provided.


The God Paradox, Joshua A.T. Fairfield 2016 Washington & Lee University School of Law

The God Paradox, Joshua A.T. Fairfield

Joshua A.T. Fairfield

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The God Paradox, Joshua A.T. Fairfield 2016 Washington & Lee University School of Law

The God Paradox, Joshua A.T. Fairfield

Joshua A.T. Fairfield

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States Vs. Fda, Catherine M. Sharkey 2016 NYU School of Law

States Vs. Fda, Catherine M. Sharkey

New York University Public Law and Legal Theory Working Papers

In the United States, food and drug safety is regulated in two ways: a stringent ex ante, national regime led by the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) and a robust ex post system of state-law enforcement. This federalist structure, operating on dual regulatory levels, sets the stage for synergy and for conflict.

Two recent high-profile preemption lawsuits showcase a novel dimension of the dual regulatory structure: the role of states as competing and/or complementary actors vis-à-vis the FDA in regulating food and drug safety. In Zogenix, Inc. v. Patrick, a federal district court enjoined the Massachusetts government from enacting ...


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