Tort Law

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, […]

Steven L. Schwarcz, Compensating Market Value Losses: Rethinking the Theory of Damages in a Market Economy

63 Fla. L. Rev. 1053 (2011)| | | ARTICLE :: The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the Toyota car recalls have highlighted an important legal anomaly that has been overlooked by scholars: judicial inconsistency and confusion in ruling whether to compensate for the loss in market value of wrongfully affected property. This Article seeks […]

Benjamin J. Steinberg and Dwayne Antonio Robinson, Making BP's Blood Curd-Le: Duty, Economic Loss, and the Potential Cardozian Nightmare after Curd v. Mosaic Fertilizer

63 Fla. L. Rev. 1245 (2011)| | | ARTICLE :: The traditional economic loss rule precludes plaintiffs-such as those affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill-from recovering losses not resulting from damage to person or property. Most states have applied the rule to various circumstances and have carved out several exceptions over time, including […]

Jim Gash, The End Of An Era: The Supreme Court (Finally) Butts Out of Punitive Damages For Good

63 Fla. L. Rev. 525 (2011)| | | | INTRODUCTION :: It is finally over. The Supreme Court’s incursion into punitive damages jurisprudence has unceremoniously ended, but not before the Court, under the guise of substantive due process, erected a complex and constitutionally dubious set of rules in an effort to fix the heretofore-intractable multiple […]

Peter Nicolas, The Lavender Letter: Applying the Law of Adultery to Same Sex Couples and Same Sex Couples

63 Fla. L. Rev. 97 (2011)| | | | INTRODUCTION :: In the political and legal debate over same-sex marriage, references to the rights (or benefits or privileges) and responsibilities (or burdens or obligations) associated with marriage constitute a key weapon in the rhetorical battle. Most of the focus, however, has been on the “rights” […]