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Jeffrey O’Connell and the Compensation Principle in Accident Law: Institutional and Intellectual Perspectives

Journal of Tort Law, 2015, Forthcoming

Stanford Public Law Working Paper No. 2573316

24 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2015  

Robert L. Rabin

Stanford Law School

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

In this essay, I locate the principles that animated the career of Jeffrey O’Connell in a larger context of examining the role of compensation in accident law. I provide a short historical excursion to set the stage. Next, I discuss how O’Connell followed his initial venture involving auto no-fault with a more expansive scheme of elective no-fault coverage for products and medical mishaps, which in turn was followed by his early offers proposal. Then, I briefly trace the legacy of O’Connell in the present era of mass tort and disaster relief claims. A final section offers a concluding note.

Keywords: Tort

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Rabin, Robert L., Jeffrey O’Connell and the Compensation Principle in Accident Law: Institutional and Intellectual Perspectives (2015). Journal of Tort Law, 2015, Forthcoming; Stanford Public Law Working Paper No. 2573316. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2573316

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