The Public Interest

The new ideology of tort law

Peter H. Schuck

Summer 1988

THE RECENT TRANSFORMATION of American tort law has attracted much attention, and with good reason. On almost all fronts and in almost all jurisdictions, liability has dramatically expanded. It does not seem to matter what kind of party is being sued. Doctor or public official, landlord or social host, government agency or product manufacturer—all are more likely to be held liable today.

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