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Free Torts Case Book

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Over on the Prawfs' Blawg, Eric Johnson has posted a link to his completed 2 volume torts case book, which can be downloaded for free.

Unlike most casebooks, Johnson's Torts Compendium does not contain notes and questions to accompany the cases. It's pure source material. So, it makes sense that his book would be free (to download, you still have to bear the cost of printing it), everything in it is part of the public domain.

The lack of commentary will make the book of limited use. The autodidact who realizes you don't actually have to go to law school to educate yourself about the law won't be provided with some necessary history and context. Students in most law school classes will still have to shell out money for a book with whatever numbers their prof wants written at the bottom of the page. The main beneficiaries will be his own students, and the students of professors who choose to use this book instead of the more expensive options.

But, his book highlights an interesting issue. The vast majority of material in other casebooks is also part of the public domain. The other things which may be copyrighted, such as essays or law review articles, are available to law students for free through their Lexis or Westlaw accounts.

The only things your traditional casebook provides are some notes, which are typically no more informative than the case's Wikipedia article, and questions without any answers or analysis.

Sure, there's also some editing done to cases to leave out the irrelevant parts, and Johnson's book does this as well, but what exactly are law professors charging their students for in case books, and why don't more follow Johnson's lead? You're already getting a salary paid by students' tuition, isn't one trip to the well enough?

[Torts Compendium Volume 1]

[Torts Compendium Volume 2]

New Twist on Inheritance Scam

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We've all familiar with the Nigerian e-mail scam, in which some member of the aristocracy needs your help to get a huge pile of money out of the country. In return for your help, you will be paid handsomely, but first they just need you to give them some money to facilitate the transfer.

When people grew suspicious of their new super-rich friends on a continent where they know literally no-one, the scam turned to a purported inheritance from a distant relative. Millions of dollars waiting for you, but first just pay these handling fees...

Eventually people started to realize that if they had an incredibly rich relative, maybe they would of heard about it, and wouldn't your parents or siblings have also been contacted?

Then, scams moved on to the easiest marks of all: lawyers. People who are overconfident in their own smarts are often the easiest to scam. While they're plotting to rip you off, they never realize they've already been taken. I need your help collecting a divorce settlement, and please wire me the money before the defendant's check clears.

Finally, the scams have reached their logical conclusion: lawyers are running them on other people. The Cleveland law firm of Baker and Hostetler has been implicated in facilitating an inheritance scam which took a total of about one million dollars from nine people and two businesses.

Finding out that your father left you $14.5 million in a bank account in Burkina Faso should be a little fishy. After all, your dad never had that kind of money, wouldn't have kept it in Africa, and is still alive, so you could just call him and ask... But, slap a law firm's name on an obvious scam, and people will fork over their money.

What can we say, sometimes just inflating your billable hours gets dull.

[Courthouse News]

Charlie Crist Stars in New Television Role

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Is there any lower form of pond scum than attorneys with television ads?


A former governor, now working as an attorney, with a television ad.

Gone, and Hardly Worth Remembering

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This week Philadelphia Lawyer takes on bin Laden and 9/11.  I think that's all we really need to say about that.

Gone, and Hardly Worth Remembering.

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