Tort Reform through the Backdoor: A Critique of Law & Apologies
55 Pages Posted: 8 Sep 2016 Last revised: 21 Jun 2019
Date Written: September 9, 2016
In this Article we show how the biggest tort reform of the last decade was passed through the backdoor with the blessing of its staunchest opponents. We argue that the widely-endorsed apology law reform — a change in the national legal landscape that privileged apologies — is, in fact, a mechanism of tort reform, used to limit victims’ recovery and shield injurers from liability. While legal scholars overlooked this effect, commercial interests seized the opportunity and are in the process of transforming state and federal law with the unwitting support of the public.
Keywords: Torts, Apologies, Negligence, Commercial Behavior
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