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  • This Subject Area Index lists all CALI lessons covering Torts.
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Reasonable Person

This lesson contains problems and questions concerning the Reasonable Person standard for negligence actions. The central issue in negligence is the duty of care. For the typical adult, the standard is the Reasonable Person of Ordinary Prudence under similar circumstances. This lesson will discuss that issue by focusing on the meaning of:

  • Reasonable person
  • Ordinary prudence
  • Similar circumstances

Res Ipsa Loquitur

Even though the thing speaks for itself, this lesson speaks more about res ipsa loquitur. This tort doctrine becomes an immediate favorite of all who hear its mellifluous name, but the doctrine has several nuances that do not speak so clearly, such as the circumstances when it applies, how common carriers are covered, and how it is conveyed to the jury. This lesson explores all of those nuances.

Sprague Case: Child Injury in Tort Law

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The student answers questions concerning an eye injury to 7-year-old Edwina Sprague caused by her classmate, Brad Lee. The student must identify entities against whom claims may be made and must consider theories of those claims and instructions to the jury. Also, the student has an opportunity to submit to the computer questions seeking information from a vital witness; this information bears upon instructions to the jury.

Strict Liability: Abnormally Dangerous and Ultrahazardous Activities

Strict liability for dangerous activities began with the English case of Rylands v. Fletcher. The First Restatement and the Second Restatement both contained provisions for a similar form of such strict liability and such liability is widely recognized in the United States. This lesson explains and uses examples to explain and then compare and contrast those different theories. In addition, this lesson covers the basic limitations on that form of strict liability.