University of Pittsburgh

Torts Section C - Crossley

Publish Date/Time: 
August 13, 2013


Professor Crossley

The book required for this course is FRANKLIN, RABIN & GREEN, TORT LAW AND ALTERNATIVES:  CASES AND MATERIALS (9th ed. 2011).  

For our first class on Monday, August 26, at 3:30, please read and be prepared to discuss pages 1-9 of the casebook.  As part of your preparation, consider the following questions regarding Hammontree v. Jenner

  • What facts led to this litigation?
  • What was the error alleged by the plaintiffs/appellants?
  • Can you tell from reading the opinion what the core difference between negligence liability and strict liability is?
  • What reasons does the appellate court give for rejecting the plaintiffs’ arguments regarding the trial court’s jury instructions?
  • What policy reasons might justify a general preference for the imposition of negligence standards over strict liability standards?
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