Class Notes


8/18/03 – Types of torts, early history, Anonymous, Weaver v. Ward, Brown v. Kendall, assault, prima facie, I de S et ux. v. W de S


8/19/03 - Western Union Telegraph v. Hill, assault concepts, hypotheticals[1], Battery, elements of battery, and still more hypotheticals


8/20/03 - Fisher v. Carrousel, Intent, Garratt v. Dailey, False Imprisonment, Big Town v. Newman



8/25/03 – Hard cases in battery, Parvi v. City of Kingston, Hardy v. LaBelle’s, methods of confinement, Enright v. Groves

8/26/03 –
Whittaker v. Sandford, mistake, Ranson v. Kitner, McGuire v. Almy, Talmage v. Smith, transferred intent, Intentional Infliction of Mental Distress, State Rubbish Collectors Ass’n v. Siliznoff


8/27/03 – Intentional infliction of mental distress, more on Siliznoff, Slocum v. Food Fair Stores of Florida, Harris v. Jones, a hypothetical



9/2/03 – Bystanders – Taylor v. Vallelunga, trespass to property – Dougherty v. Stepp, Bradley v. American Smelting and Refining Co., Herrin v. Sutherland, a hypothetical


9/3/03 - Trespass to land, Rogers v. Board of Road Com’rs for Kent County, trespass to chattels, Glidden v. Szybiak, CompuServe Inc. v. Cyber Promotions, Inc., Pearson v. Dodd, a hypothetical



9/8/03 – Consent, O’Brien v. Cunard S.S. Co., Hackbart v. Cincinnati Bengals, Inc., Mohr v. Williams


9/9/03 – De May v. Roberts, Hart v. Geysel, self-defense, defense of others, notes on defense of property


9/10/03 – More on defense of property, Katko v. Briney, recovery of property, Hodgeden v. Hubbard, Bonkowski v. Arlan’s Department Store



9/15/03 - Necessity, Surocco v. Geary, public and private necessity, Vincent v. Lake Eric Transp. Co.


9/16/03 – Discipline, justification, Sindle v. New York City Transit Authority, punitive damages, Gryc v. Dayton-Hudson Corp., BMW v. Gore, Price v. Hartford Accident and Indemnity Co.


9/17/03 – Practice Exam (Outline)



9/22/03 – Getting started with negligence, damages for negligence, what is negligence?  Lubitz v. Wells, “Fore!”, Blyth v. Birmingham Waterworks Co., reasonableness is based on the circumstances, Davison v. Snohomish County, United States v. Carroll Towing Co., algebra by Learned Hand


9/23/03 – The reasonable person, Vaughan v. Menlove, custom – Trimarco v. Klein, Roberts v. State of Louisiana, Robinson v. Lindsay


9/24/03 – The reasonable person standard, the insane – Breuning v. American Family Ins. Co., professional standards of care – Heath v. Swift Wings, Inc., Hodges v. Carter, Boyce v. Brown



9/30/03 – Practice Exam review, medical malpractice, Morrison v. MacNamara, Scott v. Bradford


10/1/03 – Informed consent, exceptions to informed consent, Moore v. The Regents of the University of California, automobile guest statutes, rules of law – Pokora v. Wabash Ry. Co., negligence per se, Osborne v. McMasters, Stachniewicz v. Mar-Cam Corp.



10/13/03 – Test for negligence per se, Ney v. Yellow Cab Co., note 2, Perry v. S.N. and S.N., note 3, Martin v. Herzog, Zeni v. Anderson, the Restatement § 288 A excuses, res ipsa loquitur


10/14/03 – Factors to consider for negligence per se, juries and negligence per se, three factors for res ipsa loquitur, Byrne v. Boadle, McDougald v. Perry, exclusive control – Larson v. St. Francis Hotel, Ybarra v. Spangard, why is it fair to apply res ipsa loquitur?  Burden of proof – Sullivan v. Crabtree


10/15/03 – Review of negligence per se and res ipsa loquitur, Perkins v. Texas and New Orleans Ry. Co., Gentry v. Douglas Hereford Ranch, Inc., Reynolds v. Texas & Pac. Ry. Co.



10/20/03 – Causation, Kramer Service, Inc. v. Wilkins, Wilder v. Eberhart, Herskovits v. Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, loss of chance, Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc., concurrent causes, Hill v. Edmonds


10/21/03 – Review, Herskovits, concurrent causes, substantial factor test – Anderson v. Minneapolis St. P. & S. St. M. R.R. Co.


10/22/03 – Review – substantial factor analysis, Summers v. Tice, Sindell v. Abbott Laboratories, proximate cause, Ryan v. New York Central R.R. Co., Bartolone v. Jeckovich



10/27/03 – Review, direct causation – In re Arbitration Between Polemis and Furness, Withy & Co. Ltd., Wagon Mound No. 1, Wagon Mound No. 2, hypotheticals


10/28/03 – Review, Palsgraf v. Long Island R.R. Co.


10/29/03 – More on Palsgraf, Kinsman, Yun v. Ford Motor Co., Derdiarian v. Felix Contracting Corp., Watson v. Kentucky & Indiana Bridge & R.R. Co.



11/3/03 – Review, Restatement § 442, Fuller v. Preis, rescuers, McCoy v. American Suzuki Motor Corp.


11/4/03 – More on suicide and rescue, Kelly v. Gwinnell, Enright v. Eli Lilly & Co., Hegel v. Langsam, L.S. Ayres & Co. v. Hicks


11/5/03 – Review, Tarasoff v. Regents of the University of California, contributory negligence, Butterfield v. Forrester, Davies v. Mann, comparative negligence – McIntyre v. Balentine



11/10/03 – Review of last clear chance, comparative negligence – McIntyre v. Balentine, assumption of the risk, Winterstein v. Wilcom, implied assumption of risk, Rush v. Commercial Realty Co., primary versus secondary assumption of risk


11/12/03 – Blackburn v. Dorta, joint tortfeasors, Bierczynski v. Rogers, Coney v. J.L.G. Industries, Inc., Knell v. Feltman, Yellow Cab Co. of D.C., Inc. v. Dreslin



11/17/03 – Liability for subsequent injuries – Bruckman v. Pena, Michie v. Great Lakes Steel Division, Nat’l Steel Corp., Dillon v. Twin State Gas & Electric Co., statute of limitations, Teeters v. Currey, issues with the statute of limitations, landowner liability outside the premises, artificial versus natural conditions, categories of entrants onto land


11/18/03 – Sheehan v. St. Paul & Duluth Ry. Co., Barmore v. Elmore, Cambpell v. Weathers


11/19/03 – Whelan v. Van Natta, Wilk v. Georges, child trespassers, firefighter rule, Rowland v. Christian, strict liability



12/1/03 – Strict liability, Rylands v. Fletcher, Bridges v. The Kentucky Stone Co., Inc., abnormally dangerous activity, Indiana Harbor Belt R.R. Co. v. American Cynamamid Co., vicarious liability, respondeat superior, Lundberg v. State, coming and going, Fruit v. Schreiner


12/2/03 – Murrell v. Goertz, Maloney v. Rath, negotiation, classic adversarial negotiation, problem-solving negotiation, preparation for negotiation



12/8/03 – Negotiation and mediation


12/9/03 – The exam, questions she got by e-mail


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[1] Fun fact: in the real world, “hypothetical” is not a noun!