Category Archives: 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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