Tort Law

F. Patrick Hubbard, "Sophisticated Robots": Balancing Liability, Regulation, and Innovation

Our lives are being transformed by large, mobile, “sophisticated robots” with increasingly higher levels of autonomy, intelligence, and interconnectivity among themselves. For example, driverless automobiles are likely to become commercially available within a decade. Many people who suffer physical injuries from these robots will seek legal redress for their injury, and regulatory schemes are likely […]

Sandra F. Sperino, The Tort Label

Courts and commentators often label federal discrimination statutes as torts. The tort label leads to reasoning that is superficial and not transparent about its motivations and goals. Courts do not engage in nuanced discussions about the kind of reasoning they are using or the values they are prioritizing in reaching the result. Importantly, the tort […]

Alex B. Long, The Forgotten Role of Consent in Defamation and Employment Reference Cases

As has been well documented, the fear of defamation suits and related claims lead many employers to refuse to provide meaningful employment references. However, an employer who provides a negative reference concerning an employee enjoys a privilege in an ensuing defamation action if the employee has consented to the release of information concerning the employee’s […]

Daniel J. DiMatteo, To Enforce a Privacy Right: The Sovereign Immunity Canon and the Privacy Act's Civil Remedies Provision After Cooper

In 2005, a joint investigation between separate government agencies revealed that Stanmore Cooper, a pilot, failed to disclose to the Federal Aviation Administration that he was HIV positive. Cooper sued the agencies in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, claiming that they violated the Privacy Act by disclosing his medical records to one another without […]

Laura M. Beard, Small Claims, Big Recovery: Proposals For Settlement in Florida's Small Claims Courts Post-Nichols

After a debilitating car accident left Shannon Nichols injured and saddled with nearly $10,000 in medical bills, she sought only one thing—a road to recovery. Instead, Nichols faced a harrowing reality—after turning down a proposal for settlement from her insurer and losing at trial, not only did Nichols fail to receive reimbursement for her medical expenses, but […]

John Terwilleger, Can A Professional Limit Liability Contractually Under Florida Law?

Florida law is currently unclear on the issue of whether a professional may rely upon a limitation of liability clause in a professional services contract. Limitation of liability clauses are common in business contracts, especially in construction, a field that includes many professionals such as engineers and architects. While Florida has historically enforced limitation of liability clauses in professional services contracts, […]