Liability and torts roundup

by Walter Olson on October 24, 2013

  • Struggling with a new-design gas can? There’s a reason for that [Scott Reeder, earlier on Blitz bankruptcy]
  • NYT video retrospective on Stella Liebeck-McDonald’s (hot coffee spill) case is getting a lot of attention;
  • Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has made itself the biggest name in asbestos defense, and some trial lawyers hope to make hay with that [Scripps/WPTV]
  • California trial lawyers chief: yes, we’re going to partner up more with elected officials as in lead paint case [Chamber-backed Legal NewsLine]
  • It’s differences in procedure, more than in substantive law, that mostly explain why the U.S. has hundreds of times as many product liability suits as Japan [J. Mark Ramseyer via Point of Law]
  • “Injured by big government? Call: 717-671-1901 [promotion for Commonwealth Foundation, a Pennsylvania free-market-oriented outfit]
  • How litigation finance might remake the lawsuit landscape [Nora Freeman Engstrom via TortsProf]

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1 Douglas2 10.24.13 at 9:21 pm

The NYT video about the Stella Liebeck case is the 16th documentary by an organization called “Retro Report” in collaboration with the NYT.
http://retroreport.org/
The patron and founder of Retro Report is Christopher Buck, via a tax exempts charitable foundation called Mirror/Mirror Productions:
https://bulk.resource.org/irs.gov/eo/2012_08_PF/27-3504415_990PF_201112.pdf
Christopher Buck is the son of one of the founders of the Subway fast food restaurant chain.

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