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Articles
The articles below have been selected by our editors as useful introductions to issues of tort law. This list is not intended to be comprehensive; the authors of these articles, and many other individuals, have published much more on these topics. This list does, however, represent some of the best and most interesting work in the field. The list was particularly selected with an eye towards pieces that may not be well known or easily accessible; when possible, we have offered reprints or links to these works, and we will continue both to seek permissions to reprint articles and to expand the list of articles on the site.



Asbestos

 On the Theory Class's Theories of Asbestos Litigation: The Disconnect Between Scholarship and Reality
Lester Brickman, 31 Pepperdine Law Review 33-170 (2004)


 The Asbestos Litigation Crisis: Is There a Need for an Administrative Alternative?
Lester Brickman, 13 Cardozo L. Rev. 1819-1889 (1992)


 The Asbestos Claims Management Act of 1991: A Proposal to the United States Congress
Lester Brickman, 13 Cardozo Law Review 1891-1917 (1992)


 Review of Paul Brodeur's Outrageous Misconduct: The Asbestos Industry on Trial
Peter Huber, New Republic, Feb. 3, 1986


Attorneys' Fees and Ethics

 The Market For Contingent Fee-Financed Tort Litigation: Is It Price Competitive?
Lester Brickman, 25 Cardozo Law Rev. 65-128 (2003)


 Effective Hourly Rates of Contingency Fee Lawyers: Competing Data and Non-Competitive Fees
Lester Brickman, 81 Wash. U. Law Q. 653 (2003)


 The Continuing Assault on the Citadel of Fiduciary Protection: Ethics 2000's Revision of Model Rule 1.5
Lester Brickman, University of Illinois Law Review 1181-1216 (2003)


 Lawyers' Ethics and Fiduciary Obligation in the Brave New World of Aggregative Litigation
Lester Brickman, 26 William & Mary Environmental Law & Policy Review 243-322 (2001)


 On the Relevance of the Admissibility of Scientific Evidence: Tort System Outcomes Are Principally Determined by Lawyers' Rates of Return
Lester Brickman, 15 Cardozo Law Review 1755-1797 (1994)


Class Actions

 There Will Be No Exodus: An Empirical Study Of S. 2062�s Effects On Class Actions
John H. Beisner, Jessica Davidson Miller, Mealey�s Tort Reform Update (April 2004)


 One Small Step for a County Court . . . One Giant Calamity for the National Legal System
John H. Beisner, Jessica Davidson Miller, and Matthew M. Shors, Manhattan Institute Civil Justice Report 7 (2003)


 Class Action Magnet Courts: The Allure Intensifies
John H. Beisner, Jessica Davidson Miller, Manhattan Institute Civil Justice Report 5 (2002)


 Class Actions: The Need for a Hard Second Look
Richard A. Epstein, Manhattan Institute Civil Justice Report 4 (2002)


 They're Making a Federal Case Out of It . . . In State Court
John H. Beisner and Jessica Davidson Miller, Manhattan Institute Civil Justice Report 3 (2001)


 Lawyers' Ethics and Fiduciary Obligation in the Brave New World of Aggregative Litigation
Lester Brickman, 26 William & Mary Environmental Law & Policy Review 243-322 (2001)


 Better Living Through Litigation?
Walter Olson, The Public Interest, Spring 1991


 Courts of Convenience
Peter Huber, Regulation, Sept./Oct. 1985


Comparative Law

 How should the Law of Products Liability be Harmonized? What Americans Can Learn from Europeans
Stephen B. Presser, Manhattan Institute Global Liability Issues 2 (2002)


 NAFTA Meets the American Torts Crisis: The Loewen Case
Michael Krauss, 9 George Mason Law Review 69 (2000)


Criminal Law and Prosecution

 Enacting Principled, Nonpartisan Criminal-Law Reform: A Memo to President-elect Obama
Brian Walsh, Heritage Foundation Special Report 42, January 2009


 Mens Rea Requirement: A Critical Casualty of Overcriminalization
John Hasnas, Washington Legal Foundation Legal Opinion Letter, December 2008


 Revisiting the Explosive Growth of Federal Crimes
John S. Baker, Jr., Heritage Foundation Legal Memorandum 26, June 2008


 Culture of Privilege Waiver Compromises Corporate Compliance
Paul Clinton Harris, Sr., Washington Legal Foundation Legal Backgrounder, May 2007


 Criminal Liability for Document Shredding after Arthur Anderson LLP
Albert D. Spaulding, Jr. and Mary Ashby Morrison, 43 Am. Bus. L.J. 647 (Winter 2006)


 What We Have Here Is Failure to Cooperate: The Thompson Memorandum and Federal Prosecution of White-Collar Crime
Brian Walsh and Henry Aaron, Heritage Foundation Legal Memorandum 19, November 2006


 Waiver of the Attorney-Client Privilege: A Balanced Approach
The Honorable Dick Thornburgh, Washington Legal Foundation Monograph (2006)


 Bringing Coherence to Mens Rea Analysis for Securities-Related Offenses
Michael L. Seigel, 2006 Wis. L. Rev. 1563


 The Overcriminalization Phenomenon
Erik Luna, 54 Am. U.L. Rev. 703 (2005)


 Crime and Punishment: the Significant Meaninglessness of Arthur Anderson LLP
John Hasnas, Cato Supreme Court Review 2004-05, 187-214


 Reforming Corporations Through Threats of Federal Prosecution
John S. Baker, Jr., 89 Cornell L. Rev. 310 (2004)


Loser Pays

 Loser-Pays: Where Next?
Walter Olson and David Bernstein, 55 Md. L. Rev. 1161 (1996).


Medicine and Law

 The Breast Implant Fiasco
David Bernstein, 87 Cal. L. Rev. 457 (1999)


Miscellaneous

 The Path to the T.J. Hooper: Of Custom and Due Care
Richard A. Epstein, 21 J. Legal Stud. 1 7 (1992)


 The Myth of the Ford Pinto Case
Gary T. Schwartz, 43 Rutgers L. Rev. 1013 (1991)


Politics

 There Will Be No Exodus: An Empirical Study Of S. 2062�s Effects On Class Actions
John H. Beisner, Jessica Davidson Miller, Mealey�s Tort Reform Update (April 2004)


 Judicial Nullification of Civil Justice Reform Violates the Fundamental Federal Constitutional Principle of Separation of Powers: How to Restore the Right Balance
Victor E. Schwartz and Leah Lorber, 32 Rutgers L.J. 907 (2001)


 The State Tobacco Litigation and the Separation of Powers in State Governments: Repairing the Damage
Michael DeBow, 31 Seton Hall L. Rev. 563, 571-572 (2001)


 Loser-Pays: Where Next?
Walter Olson and David Bernstein, 55 Md. L. Rev. 1161 (1996).


 The Asbestos Litigation Crisis: Is There a Need for an Administrative Alternative?
Lester Brickman, 13 Cardozo L. Rev. 1819-1889 (1992)


 The Asbestos Claims Management Act of 1991: A Proposal to the United States Congress
Lester Brickman, 13 Cardozo Law Review 1891-1917 (1992)


Procedure

 The Path to the T.J. Hooper: Of Custom and Due Care
Richard A. Epstein, 21 J. Legal Stud. 1 7 (1992)


 Courts of Convenience
Peter Huber, Regulation, Sept./Oct. 1985


 The Selection of Disputes for Litigation
George L. Priest & Benjamin Klein, 13 J. Legal Stud. 1 (1984)


Products Liability

 How should the Law of Products Liability be Harmonized? What Americans Can Learn from Europeans
Stephen B. Presser, Manhattan Institute Global Liability Issues 2 (2002)


 The Path to the T.J. Hooper: Of Custom and Due Care
Richard A. Epstein, 21 J. Legal Stud. 1 7 (1992)


 Products Liability: The Gathering Storm
Richard A. Epstein, 15 Regulation (Sept./Oct. 1977)


Regulation Through Litigation

 Vicarious Corporate Liability: Judges Should Credit Diligent Compliance When Evaluating Criminal Intent
Steven M. Kowal, Washington Legal Foundation Legal Backgrounder, March 2009


 Making It a Federal Case: An Inside View of the Pressures to Federalize Crime
Rachel Brand, Heritage Foundation Legal Memorandum 30, August 2008


 The State Tobacco Litigation and the Separation of Powers in State Governments: Repairing the Damage
Michael DeBow, 31 Seton Hall L. Rev. 563, 571-572 (2001)


 A Most Dangerous Indiscretion: The Legal, Economic, and Political Legacy of the Governments' Tobacco Litigation
Margaret A. Little, 33 Conn. L. Rev. 1143 (2001)


 Judicial Nullification of Civil Justice Reform Violates the Fundamental Federal Constitutional Principle of Separation of Powers: How to Restore the Right Balance
Victor E. Schwartz and Leah Lorber, 32 Rutgers L.J. 907 (2001)


 Better Living Through Litigation?
Walter Olson, The Public Interest, Spring 1991


Scientific Evidence

 The Breast Implant Fiasco
David Bernstein, 87 Cal. L. Rev. 457 (1999)


 On the Relevance of the Admissibility of Scientific Evidence: Tort System Outcomes Are Principally Determined by Lawyers' Rates of Return
Lester Brickman, 15 Cardozo Law Review 1755-1797 (1994)


 The Myth of the Ford Pinto Case
Gary T. Schwartz, 43 Rutgers L. Rev. 1013 (1991)


Statistics/Empirical Work

 Revisiting the Explosive Growth of Federal Crimes
John S. Baker, Jr., Heritage Foundation Legal Memorandum 26, June 2008


 Data Watch: Tort-uring the Data
Eric Helland, Jonathan Klick, and Alexander Tabarrok, 19 J. Econ. Perspectives 207-220 (Spring 2005)


 There Will Be No Exodus: An Empirical Study Of S. 2062�s Effects On Class Actions
John H. Beisner, Jessica Davidson Miller, Mealey�s Tort Reform Update (April 2004)


 One Small Step for a County Court . . . One Giant Calamity for the National Legal System
John H. Beisner, Jessica Davidson Miller, and Matthew M. Shors, Manhattan Institute Civil Justice Report 7 (2003)


 Class Action Magnet Courts: The Allure Intensifies
John H. Beisner, Jessica Davidson Miller, Manhattan Institute Civil Justice Report 5 (2002)


 They're Making a Federal Case Out of It . . . In State Court
John H. Beisner and Jessica Davidson Miller, Manhattan Institute Civil Justice Report 3 (2001)


 The Selection of Disputes for Litigation
George L. Priest & Benjamin Klein, 13 J. Legal Stud. 1 (1984)


 

 

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