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The American IllnessEssays on the Rule of Law$
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F. H. Buckley

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300175219

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300175219.001.0001

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The Expansion of Modern U.S. Tort Law and Its Excesses

The Expansion of Modern U.S. Tort Law and Its Excesses

(p.249) The Expansion of Modern U.S. Tort Law and Its Excesses
The American Illness

George L. Priest

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the expansion of the U.S. tort law and its excesses. It first presents a brief history of conceptions of tort law and how they are transformed. It then discusses the rise of class action. The chapter demonstrates that modern tort law has excesses in liability that have transformed it into a significant instrument of redistribution that places the United States at a significant competitive disadvantage compared with other countries.

Keywords:   tort law, class action, U.S. tort law, liability, redistribution, United States

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