Chapter 10 - Torts in the Business Environment
TORTS IN THE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT
I. LEARNING OBJECTIVES
The purpose of this chapter is to introduce students to noncontractual civil wrongs as they apply
to business. The chapter develops the main categories of torts: intentional torts, negligence
torts, and strict liability torts. Products liability is covered under strict tort liability.
Through assignment of rights and duties, the law affects the way wealth is distributed in society.
Use the tort chapter, and the recent changes in tort law, to illustrate this aspect of the law.
Consider that the role of tort law in a property-based legal system is both to compensate owners
for trespasses on what they own (including in that broad sense, ownership of themselves) and to
define the boundaries of what they own, especially as they own the uses of their resources. As
resource uses are defined by the courts (or legislatures) as legally wrong, wealth is redistributed.
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