Tort Law - LAWOFTORT January18,2011 A.BreachofStatutory Duty

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LAW OF TORT   January 18, 2011 A. Breach of Statutory  Duty B. Employer’s Liability
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Learning Outcomes 1. explain the function of the BSD action, its relationship with negligence, and the conceptual artificialities of the BSD action for which it is rightly criticized 2. apply the BSD principles to a previously unseen fact situation and provide an opinion on the likelihood of success. 3. explain the specialized approach to negligence in the context of work-related accidents, and how and why content of the common law duty is spelled out in rather more detail than in general negligence.
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3 A. Breach of Statutory Duty  THE NATURE OF THE BSD ACTION - 100’s of ordinances and regulations  requiring that standards be met, usually  imposing criminal penalties for a breach,  to encourage compliance - An action for BSD seeks to recover tort  damages for injuries caused by a breach
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4  WHY A SEPARATE TORT  ACTION? - Can the tort of negligence suffice  to provide a remedy? - BSD action provides a more  clear, strict standard than  negligence
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5  REL’P WITH NEGLIGENCE - Sue in both - Moreover, statutory standard can  be referred to in negligence  action
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6  HOW TO ESTABLISH A BSD  ACTION - Prove that the Legislature
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Tort Law - LAWOFTORT January18,2011 A.BreachofStatutory Duty

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