Business Law: Negligence and Torts : The Great Courses: Business & Economics

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Frank B. Cross
  • Series: The Great Courses: Business & Economics
  • 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

These eight lectures address two important questions: When is someone else legally responsible for harm done to you? When are you legally responsible for harm done to someone else? This course of eight lectures discusses torts, the body of law designed to redress through civil litigation harms done to persons. As with all bodies of law, in order to analyze the legal implications of a potentially tortious action, it is necessary to blend common sense and pragmatic thinking with an understanding of legal definitions as they have evolved over time. This series not only explains the basics of this substantive body of law, but it also gives insight through examples of how the law is based on a logical idea of a just outcome. Topics you'll explore here include the basic foundations of torts law, the three categories of which it is composed, and the legal factors necessary to find a person liable for a tort; negligence, especially of property owners, and the defenses that can be offered against allegations of negligence; the expanding tort of infliction of emotional distress, which can be either negligent or intentional, but which must pass several specific tests before it can be definitely labeled tortious; third-party intervention in contracts and prospective business; the legal implications of misappropriation of information; and trademark law.
Please note: This course is not intended to provide financial or investment advice. All investments involve risk: Past performance does not guarantee future success. You acknowledge that any reliance on any information from the materials contained in this course shall be at your own risk.


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Informative and fun lecture on US tort law

I enjoyed Professor Cross's lectures on U.S. tort law, as I did his other series of lectures on U.S. contract law. Professor Cross has an amiable, easy style that makes the lectures enjoyable and less intimidating sounding, even though the topic is law.

My only quibble was that I had wished the professor had been a bit more precise about the facts of the cases mentioned. It would also have been nice to have the actual case names so the keeners among us could have Googled some of them.

As I've said before, it would be great if there were more law lectures like these available on Audible. I'd buy them.

(Here'a a suggestion, Audible: How about Blackstone's Commentaries? I've always wanted to read those. Has anyone prepared an audio version of that classic?)
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- Nothing really matters "Rob Thomas"


Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, but not entirely. Much of the information is outdated. The examples he used were ridiculous. References to Rosanne Barr and the TV show Dallas give you an idea of what decade these lectures were given in.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The off-color remarks about homosexuality could have been left out. Today, those kinds of remarks are just rude.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Professor Frank B. Cross?


Do you think Business Law: Negligence and Torts needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

It needs an updated version.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses