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Basic Tort Law: Cases, Statutes, and Problems: Cases, Statutes, and Problems, Sixth Edition

  • Arthur Best
  • David W. Barnes
  • Nicholas Kahn-Fogel
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Basic Tort Law is a comprehensive introduction to intentional torts, negligence, and strict liability including the fundamental issues of duty, breach, causation, and compensation.

Offering comprehensive coverage that is suitable for one or two semester torts courses, Basic Tort Law: Cases, Statutes, and Problems, Sixth Edition’s flexible organization accommodates courses that begin either with coverage of intentional torts in Chapter 2 or negligence, beginning with Chapter 3. Chapters 9-16 allow teachers to select additional topics that fit best with their curriculum and interests.

New to the Sixth Edition:

Thoroughly updated with new cases, problems, and notes, including:

  • a new subsection on potential strict products liability for online marketplaces like Amazon that facilitate sales by third-party vendors;
  • a new subsection comparing liability under trespass and nuisance theories;
  • a contemporary case on but-for causation;
  • two recent cases addressing market share liability;
  • two new cases and a problem on the Restatement (Third) approach to duty; and
  • a new case on the economic loss doctrine.


Professors and students will benefit from:

These general features help first-year teachers and students achieve their goals:

  • Cases are edited to moderate length, so professors can help students analyze judicial reasoning and treatment of policy implications.
  • Many statutes are included to allow students to learn to read statutes and to see how important statutes are in tort issues.
  • Students find the book easy to learn from, because each case has clear introductory text and is followed by clear, and not too numerous, notes.

There are many problems, mostly in essay format, to test student understanding of every topic in the book. For each topic, there is at least one practice-oriented problem designed to illustrate the variety of contexts in which lawyers confront doctrinal issues. Problems are usually drawn from reported decisions and include citations to those decisions.

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About the authors
Nicholas Kahn-Fogel
Assistant Professor of Law
William H. Bowen School of Law University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Professor Kahn-Fogel first joined the William H. Bowen School of Law as a visiting professor in 2008. From 2006-2008, he taught at the University of Zambia School of Law. He returned to Zambia from 2010-2011 as a Bowen Research Fellow, focusing on access to justice issues and on the interaction of colonial law and indigenous custom in Africa. He has recently served on the editorial board of the Zambia Law Journal. At Bowen, Nick teaches Comparative Law, Criminal Proceduremdash;Pretrial, Sales, and Torts. Nickrsquo;s scholarship has focused on comparative law and criminal procedure. His most recent article, ldquo;Manson and Its Progeny: An Empirical Analysis of American Eyewitness Law,rdquo; published in the Alabama Civil Rights Civil Liberties Law Review, was selected as a ldquo;must readrdquo; by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Academic Advisory Board of the Getting Scholarship Into Court Project. In his spare time, Nick enjoys cooking, jogging slowly and playing vigorous, mediocre tennis.

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