Torts And Consumer Protection
Module 5: Discussion Forum
For discussion this week, we will answer questions similar to the questions in Week 3, except in the tort context. This week, please do two things:
1. Evaluate arguments for and against tort reform with a focus on why organizations leave the United States to avoid large tort damage awards. Use some of the terminology from the textbook to help with your arguments. Incorporate the legal terminology from your textbook where appropriate, in both your original post and in your responses to your classmates. Use academic or legitimate news sources, such as The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, etc. Please include in your post any links used for your research for your fellow classmates to review and to comment on. Make sure to identify the law at issue or the elements of the cause of action. Do not repeat cases discussed by another classmate.**
2. Tort law permeates society and daily life. Think of a tort issue in your life or the life of someone close to you. If you do not personally know of anyone who has experienced a tort please research a recent case in the news. Describe the issue. Perhaps you did not pursue litigation, but after your knowledge in this class, do you think you should have? Perhaps you pursued litigation and lost. Is it clear why you lost? Do not feel compelled to tell more information than you are comfortable discussing. Please try to incorporate legal terminology where relevant. Specifically, identify the elements of the tort cause of action and apply facts to each element. If the case is not clear cut, it will be where an element is not clearly met. If an element of a cause of action is clearly not met, there is not a legitimate cause of action.