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That is, are courts (and plaintiffs) often looking only for someone to pay for an injury or damage and thus assess liability on the basis of who can most easily pay?  If so, does this mean that the individual who has no assets and no insurance is likely to avoid liability? The Long Island Railroad carried millions of passengers each year, and many of those passengers brought packages onto the train.  Should the New York Court of Appeals that the harm to Mrs. Palsgraf was not foreseeable? Why or why not?   Perhaps in retrospect it might be concluded that among all of the railroad’s passengers, one might try to bring fireworks onto a train and that those fireworks might drop to the tracks and explode causing injury to someone on the platform.  It seems fair to say, however, that the injury to Mrs. Palsgraf was a very low-probability event. As a consequence of the decision rendered by the New York Court of Appeals, Mrs. Palsgraf was effectively left without a remedy, even though she was in no way responsible for her injuries.   What might the consequences for tort litigation have been if the New York Court of Appeals had ruled in favor of Mrs. Palsgraf?  The consequences would very likely be a substantial increase in the potential scope of liability for negligence.   Businesses such as the Long Island Railroad could be held liable not only for the reasonably foreseeable consequences of their actions but also for a range of very low-probability events. Should the application of the concept of proximate cause be expanded to allow recovery in more cases, or should it be limited to reduce the frequency and amounts of recovery? Why?  The application of the concept of proximate  cause  should  be  limited,  because  these  and other  tort  suits are  crippling  business and inhibiting the economy for the benefit  of lawyers and other persons who  “game the system.”  The application of the principle of proximate cause should be expanded, because the victims in negligent events often suffer horribly, with sometimes little, if any, other recourse for relief, and negligent actors should not be allowed to avoid liability by “gaming the system.” A NSWER   TO  “T HE  G LOBAL  D IMENSION ” Q UESTION   IN  C ASE  7.2 What would be the advantages and disadvantages of a universal principle of proximate cause applied everywhere by all courts in all relevant cases? Discuss.   The advantages might include those underlying common law systems generally: predictability and stability, which can improve the climate for economic development and reinforce the notion of personal accountability. The disadvantages might include a lack
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