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The Cat in the Microwave? (Die Katze in der Mikrowelle?)

Recht der Internationalen Wirtschaft, Vol. 8, p. 598, 2003

13 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2004  

Georg Wenglorz

Independent

Patrick S. Ryan

Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) - Interdisciplinary Center for Law and Information Technology (ICRI); Google Inc.; University of Colorado at Boulder, Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program

Abstract

This article (written in German) examines the origins of the mythical 'cat in the microwave' case that is so often discussed abroad. This case is, in reality, little more than a legal 'urban legend.' Other urban legends exist, such as the 'real' McDonald's Coffee Spill case, which was settled out-of-court and for which the true facts and outcome are not truly known. The authors propose alternatives for teaching of U.S. tort law abroad.

Notes: Downloadable document is in German.

Keywords: Katze in der mikrowelle, poodle in der mikrowelle, hund in der mikrowelle, punitive damages, bmw v gore, mcdonald's coffee spill case, liebeck

JEL Classification: K13

Suggested Citation

Wenglorz, Georg and Ryan, Patrick S., The Cat in the Microwave? (Die Katze in der Mikrowelle?). Recht der Internationalen Wirtschaft, Vol. 8, p. 598, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=470321

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