The Flint Water Crisis

We all know what happened in Flint, Michigan. As the Flint water crisis shows, our systems of accountability failed Flint just as profoundly as their pipes did. Too often the disadvantages of people of color and poor people are compounded by our legal structures. There are 3,000 communities in the U.S. that have higher rates…

Climate Change – Institutional Choice

Climate change has the potential to devastate our world unlike any other modern issue. The problem is, we are more easily blinded by it, even though it’s all around us. Climate change, like environmental and other social justice issues in general, affect the poor and minorities the most, and must take distributional concerns into account….

Tort Liability in an Age of Driverless Cars

All signs indicate that autonomous vehicles will be safer than human-driven cars. A law and economics analysis tells us that individual consumers might thus one day be held negligent for driving their own vehicles rather than using self-driving cars. This leaves us with concerns about how tort law might be wielded to ignore people’s preferences…

The Plight of Kivalina

Man-made climate change has devastated Kivalina, a small Alaskan town situated on a long barrier island. The permafrost had protected Kivalina from the ocean storm’s corrosive effect. But the permafrost has melted, and Kivalina’s time has run out. Will any government agency help fund the relocation? Will courts hold oil companies liable for their contribution…

Erin Brockovich and the Toxicity of Chromium VI

Based on a true story, Erin Brockovich is a movie about a legal assistant who discovers that a utility giant is tainting the water supply of the quiet town of Hinkley, California. Through tort law and determination, Brockovich ultimately secures one of the largest settlements ever paid in a direct-action lawsuit at the time for…

Perspectives on Car Accidents

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the car crash that killed Princess Diana of Wales. On August 31, 1997, chased by the relentless paparazzi, Princess Diana, her companion Dodi Fayed, and her driver Henri Paul were fatally injured in a car crash in the tunnels of Paris. From one of the most famous car crashes…