Higher Education

Tort Law, 5th Edition

  • Dr. Linda L. Edwards, Esq. Phoenix College, Phoenix, Arizona
  • J. Stanley Edwards, J.D.
  • Patricia Kirtley Wells, J.D.
  • ISBN-10: 111131215X  |  ISBN-13: 9781111312152
  • 672 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2004, 1999
  • © 2012 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $181.50
  • Newer Edition Available

About

Overview

Engaging and easy-to-read, TORT LAW, Fifth Edition teaches students the academic and practical principles of tort law needed for a successful career as a paralegal. Through completely updated cases and internet references, students are encouraged to build skills, apply concepts, and stay up-to-date on exciting developments in tort law. The chapters contain valuable "Practice Pointers" that introduce students to such skills as drafting pleadings, preparing medical authorization requests, documenting damages, writing FOIA letters, and assembling trial exhibits. Through hypothetical situations and pedagogy that requires students to apply and integrate the concepts presented, the authors ensure that students acquire the specific skills needed to function as a paralegal in the rapidly growing field of tort law.

Additional Product Information

Features and Benefits

  • "Putting It into Practice," exercises, review questions, and practice exams require students to apply key concepts and test their understanding of materials.
  • "Tort Teasers" challenge students to discuss the variables of a case and consider a variety of potential resolutions.
  • "Practice Pointers" and "Practical Ponderables" introduce students to practical skills, such as drafting pleadings, documenting damages, writing FOIA letters, and assembling trial exhibits.
  • "Local Links," "Internet Inquires," and "Net News" connect students with rules and practices unique to their jurisdiction, and acquaint students with useful online legal resources and information about Tort Law.

Table of Contents

1. Overview of Tort Law.
2. Overview of a Tort Case.
3. Intentional Torts.
4. Negligence: Duty.
5. Negligence: Breach of Duty.
6. Negligence: Causation.
7. Negligence: Damages.
8. Negligence: Defenses.
9. Malpractice.
10. Misrepresentation, Nuisance, and Other Torts.
11. Strict Liability.
12. Product Liability.
13. Defamation and Related Torts.
14. Vicarious Liability.
15. Joint Liability.
16. Tort Reform.
17. Automobile Insurance.
18. Bad Faith.
19. Workers' Compensation.
Appendix A: Suggested Responses to "Putting It into Practice" Exercises and Answers to Practice Exams.
Appendix B: Interviewing.
Appendix C: Overview of Insurance.
Appendix D: Sample Insurance Policy.

What's New

  • Cases have been updated to demonstrate how concepts are applied in the real world.
  • Internet references have been updated to ensure that students are equipped with the most up-to-date tools and information.
  • The text has been completely revised and modernized to discuss the latest developments in tort law.

Learning Resource Bundles

Choose the textbook packaged with the resources that best meet your course and student needs. Contact your Learning Consultant for more information.

ePack: Text + Paralegal CourseMate with eBook Instant Access Code

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  • Tort Law
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Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"The major strengths of the book are: organization; visual presentation; emphasis on real world application. With regard to organization, the material is presented logically and in accordance with how I think students will be able to start to understand what tort law is all about. It starts out slow and builds on important concepts as the book progresses. With regard to visual presentation, the book does a great job of presenting the material in an easily accessible format. Important concepts are clearly delineated throughout the chapters in a logical fashion. With regard to real world application, it's important for students to grasp how the concepts are applied in the real world. This text does a great job in providing realistic examples throughout the text material in addition to the generous case opinions."

— Deborah Winfrey Keene, J.D., Lansing Community College

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

Civil Litigation Case Study #3 CD-ROM: Mosley v. Okeedoke  (ISBN-10: 1418062332 | ISBN-13: 9781418062330)

Our Case Studies CD-ROM Series was designed to give students an opportunity to "learn by doing." Most textbook case scenarios are usually brief and only give pieces of the whole case. Actual case files with the court typically contain issues too complicated for beginning students, the documents are too lengthy, or they are often incomplete since discovery devises are not filed with the court. Instructors can create their own cases, but it is often a burden because of the time commitment. With this series, the work is done for them. Each CD-ROM contains a case file, a series of documents that would be found in a litigation, criminal law, or family law file. Documents will be included in their entirety instead of as abbreviated versions. The student will therefore be involved in working on an entire case and not just parts of a case. Each case will be simplistic to appeal to the beginning student, but will still be realistic. An extensive list of assignments is provided for the instructor to select from. None of the cases are state or time specific, so they can be used in any jurisdiction at any time. With these CDs, the student will be able to analyze cases while producing legal documents and preparing legal research, just as paralegals do in actual law offices. By completing these exercises, a paralegal can develop the practical skills necessary to function as a valuable and effective member of a legal team. Mosley v. Okeedoke: Involves a civil action brought by a couple who claim that one of them sustained injuries allegedly from taking an over-the-counter dietary supplement. Claims against the defendant, the manufacturer of the supplement, include negligence, product liability, strict liability and breach of warranty.

List Price = $64.95  | CengageBrain Price = $64.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $48.00

Civil Litigation Case Study #2 CD-ROM: Cook v. Washington  (ISBN-10: 1418062324 | ISBN-13: 9781418062323)

Our Case Studies CD-ROM Series was designed to give students an opportunity to "learn by doing." Most textbook case scenarios are usually brief and only give pieces of the whole case. Actual case files with the court typically contain issues too complicated for beginning students, the documents are too lengthy, or they are often incomplete since discovery devises are not filed with the court. Instructors can create their own cases, but it is often a burden because of the time commitment. With this series, the work is done for them. Each CD-ROM contains a case file, a series of documents that would be found in a litigation, criminal law, or family law file. Documents will be included in their entirety instead of as abbreviated versions. The student will therefore be involved in working on an entire case and not just parts of a case. Each case will be simplistic to appeal to the beginning student, but will still be realistic. An extensive list of assignments is provided for the instructor to select from. None of the cases are state or time specific, so they can be used in any jurisdiction at any time. With these CDs, the student will be able to analyze cases while producing legal documents and preparing legal research, just as paralegals do in actual law offices. By completing these exercises, a paralegal can develop the practical skills necessary to function as a valuable and effective member of a legal team. Cook v. Washington: Involves a civil action brought by a man for injuries received as the result of an automobile accident with the defendant. Claims include negligence and allegations of violating several statutes in the state's Revised Code. The defendant denies liability.

List Price = $64.95  | CengageBrain Price = $64.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $48.00

Civil Litigation Case Study #1 CD-ROM: Robinson v. Adcock  (ISBN-10: 1418062316 | ISBN-13: 9781418062316)

Our Case Studies CD-ROM Series was designed to give students an opportunity to “learn by doing.” Most textbook case scenarios are usually brief and only give pieces of the whole case. Actual case files with the court typically contain issues too complicated for beginning students, the documents are too lengthy, or they are often incomplete since discovery devises are not filed with the court. Instructors can create their own cases, but it is often a burden because of the time commitment. With this series, the work is done for them. Each CD-ROM contains a case file, a series of documents that would be found in a litigation, criminal law, or family law file. Documents will be included in their entirety instead of as abbreviated versions. The student will therefore be involved in working on an entire case and not just parts of a case. Each case will be simplistic to appeal to the beginning student, but will still be realistic. An extensive list of assignments is provided for the instructor to select from. None of the cases are state or time specific, so they can be used in any jurisdiction at any time. With these CDs, the student will be able to analyze cases while producing legal documents and preparing legal research, just as paralegals do in actual law offices. By completing these exercises, a paralegal can develop the practical skills necessary to function as a valuable and effective member of a legal team. Robertson v. Adcock: Involves a civil action brought by a minor, and her parents, for injuries received as the result of dog bites to the minor’s face. The claims against the Defendants include negligence, violation of the state’s Revised Code, loss of consortium and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

List Price = $64.95  | CengageBrain Price = $64.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $48.00

Legal Studies Capstone: Assessing Your Undergraduate Education  (ISBN-10: 1111035075 | ISBN-13: 9781111035075)

LEGAL STUDIES CAPSTONE: ASSESSING YOUR UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION provides an opportunity for students to review, enhance and demonstrate their knowledge and practical application of the law. Achievement of learning objectives is shown through development of a portfolio of student work and a successful score on a comprehensive exam. Measurable learning objectives are detailed for each unit, with discussion questions, portfolio assignments and exam questions designed to measure the attainment of each outcome. Job search, continuing education, ethical obligations and technology skills are addressed, and students organize related documentation to prepare for post-graduation endeavors. These units are followed by summaries of core substantive and procedural areas of law, providing students with a review of prior studies as well as a gap-filler for keys areas essential to success in the workplace, continuing education, or certification and employment exams. Students can evaluate their knowledge of the law through review of questions and answers provided in the comprehensive exam in Appendix A. Portfolio assignments display their ability to draft pleadings, prepare contracts, complete forms and report research results for review by a prospective employer or as reference for future assignments. The Glossary and Other Resources listed in Appendix B assist in fostering successful outcomes in both portfolio development and the assessment exam. In addition to the benefits to students, this text offers guidance to educational programs undertaking a meaningful assessment of learning outcomes. Review of student portfolios and success rates on the comprehensive substantive assessment present student data to be utilized in continuous curriculum development. The Instructor's Resources include a sample course outline, exit exam and portfolio grading rubric.

List Price = $95.95  | CengageBrain Price = $95.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $72.00

Job Placement Strategies for Paralegals  (ISBN-10: 1418040088 | ISBN-13: 9781418040086)

Job Placement Strategies for Paralegals is a job search guidebook for paralegal students and professionals. This practical workbook outlines placement skills and strategies for helping job seekers find a position in the fast growing paralegal profession. The book offers effective tools and strategies to help paralegals prepare a professional resume and cover letter, find job opportunities in the private and public sector, win over prospective employers in the job interview, and evaluate job offers, including salary, bonus structure, and benefits packages. The guide includes a detailed resume worksheet that will direct job seekers in preparing and customizing a resume for a successful job search. Sample paralegal resumes and cover letters contain critical commentary to help applicants prepare outstanding materials. This unique guidebook also prepares job hunters for the job interview by offering practical advice including how to prepare, what to bring, and what to wear. Specific interview questions, including the dreaded "zinger" questions are set forth with winning answers provided. This essential resource will help paralegals in all stages of their careers. The sample resumes, cover letters, and job strategies will be invaluable to both students entering the profession as well as paralegals currently working in the legal field.

List Price = $73.95  | CengageBrain Price = $73.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $55.50

Oran's Dictionary of the Law  (ISBN-10: 1418080918 | ISBN-13: 9781418080914)

Oran's Dictionary of the Law, Fourth Edition, is the easiest to use introduction to legal terminology and concepts on the market. It contains clear definitions of the words that most paralegals, paralegal students, and persons in related fields need to know. The book gives the reader the core of each legal idea and helps them understand the American legal system as well as how to approach research tasks. The book precisely explains contracts, laws, court decisions, and lawyers. This new fourth edition includes a CD-ROM that contains all terms and definitions in the book and over a thousand new and revised definitions. It also includes an updated section on computerized legal research and overhauled sections on bankruptcy, intellectual property, litigation support, national security and other rapidly changing subject areas. Oran's Dictionary of the Law will leave the reader equipped with a precise, technical, legal vocabulary.

List Price = $55.95  | CengageBrain Price = $55.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $42.00

Student Supplements

Civil Litigation Case Study #3 CD-ROM: Mosley v. Okeedoke  (ISBN-10: 1418062332 | ISBN-13: 9781418062330)

Our Case Studies CD-ROM Series was designed to give students an opportunity to "learn by doing." Most textbook case scenarios are usually brief and only give pieces of the whole case. Actual case files with the court typically contain issues too complicated for beginning students, the documents are too lengthy, or they are often incomplete since discovery devises are not filed with the court. Instructors can create their own cases, but it is often a burden because of the time commitment. With this series, the work is done for them. Each CD-ROM contains a case file, a series of documents that would be found in a litigation, criminal law, or family law file. Documents will be included in their entirety instead of as abbreviated versions. The student will therefore be involved in working on an entire case and not just parts of a case. Each case will be simplistic to appeal to the beginning student, but will still be realistic. An extensive list of assignments is provided for the instructor to select from. None of the cases are state or time specific, so they can be used in any jurisdiction at any time. With these CDs, the student will be able to analyze cases while producing legal documents and preparing legal research, just as paralegals do in actual law offices. By completing these exercises, a paralegal can develop the practical skills necessary to function as a valuable and effective member of a legal team. Mosley v. Okeedoke: Involves a civil action brought by a couple who claim that one of them sustained injuries allegedly from taking an over-the-counter dietary supplement. Claims against the defendant, the manufacturer of the supplement, include negligence, product liability, strict liability and breach of warranty.

List Price = $64.95  | CengageBrain Price = $64.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $48.00

Civil Litigation Case Study #2 CD-ROM: Cook v. Washington  (ISBN-10: 1418062324 | ISBN-13: 9781418062323)

Our Case Studies CD-ROM Series was designed to give students an opportunity to "learn by doing." Most textbook case scenarios are usually brief and only give pieces of the whole case. Actual case files with the court typically contain issues too complicated for beginning students, the documents are too lengthy, or they are often incomplete since discovery devises are not filed with the court. Instructors can create their own cases, but it is often a burden because of the time commitment. With this series, the work is done for them. Each CD-ROM contains a case file, a series of documents that would be found in a litigation, criminal law, or family law file. Documents will be included in their entirety instead of as abbreviated versions. The student will therefore be involved in working on an entire case and not just parts of a case. Each case will be simplistic to appeal to the beginning student, but will still be realistic. An extensive list of assignments is provided for the instructor to select from. None of the cases are state or time specific, so they can be used in any jurisdiction at any time. With these CDs, the student will be able to analyze cases while producing legal documents and preparing legal research, just as paralegals do in actual law offices. By completing these exercises, a paralegal can develop the practical skills necessary to function as a valuable and effective member of a legal team. Cook v. Washington: Involves a civil action brought by a man for injuries received as the result of an automobile accident with the defendant. Claims include negligence and allegations of violating several statutes in the state's Revised Code. The defendant denies liability.

List Price = $64.95  | CengageBrain Price = $64.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $48.00

Civil Litigation Case Study #1 CD-ROM: Robinson v. Adcock  (ISBN-10: 1418062316 | ISBN-13: 9781418062316)

Our Case Studies CD-ROM Series was designed to give students an opportunity to "learn by doing." Most textbook case scenarios are usually brief and only give pieces of the whole case. Actual case files with the court typically contain issues too complicated for beginning students, the documents are too lengthy, or they are often incomplete since discovery devises are not filed with the court. Instructors can create their own cases, but it is often a burden because of the time commitment. With this series, the work is done for them. Each CD-ROM contains a case file, a series of documents that would be found in a litigation, criminal law, or family law file. Documents will be included in their entirety instead of as abbreviated versions. The student will therefore be involved in working on an entire case and not just parts of a case. Each case will be simplistic to appeal to the beginning student, but will still be realistic. An extensive list of assignments is provided for the instructor to select from. None of the cases are state or time specific, so they can be used in any jurisdiction at any time. With these CDs, the student will be able to analyze cases while producing legal documents and preparing legal research, just as paralegals do in actual law offices. By completing these exercises, a paralegal can develop the practical skills necessary to function as a valuable and effective member of a legal team. Robertson v. Adcock: Involves a civil action brought by a minor, and her parents, for injuries received as the result of dog bites to the minor's face. The claims against the Defendants include negligence, violation of the state's Revised Code, loss of consortium and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

List Price = $64.95  | CengageBrain Price = $64.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $48.00

Legal Studies Capstone: Assessing Your Undergraduate Education  (ISBN-10: 1111035075 | ISBN-13: 9781111035075)

LEGAL STUDIES CAPSTONE: ASSESSING YOUR UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION provides the opportunity for you to review, enhance and demonstrate your knowledge and practical application of the law as you complete your education. Achievement of learning objectives is shown through development of a portfolio of your work and a successful score on a comprehensive exam. Measurable learning objectives are detailed for each unit, with discussion questions, portfolio assignments and exam questions designed to measure the attainment of each outcome. Job search, continuing education, ethical obligations and technology skills are addressed, and you organize related documentation to prepare for post-graduation endeavors. These units are followed by summaries of core substantive and procedural areas of law, providing you with a review of prior studies as well as a gap-filler for keys areas essential to success in the workplace, continuing education, or certification and employment exams. You can evaluate your knowledge of the law through review of questions and answers provided in the comprehensive exam in Appendix A. Portfolio assignments display your ability to draft pleadings, prepare contracts, complete forms and report research results for review by a prospective employer or as reference for future assignments. The Glossary and Other Resources listed in Appendix B assist in fostering successful outcomes in both portfolio development and the assessment exam.

List Price = $95.95  | CengageBrain Price = $95.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $72.00

Job Placement Strategies for Paralegals  (ISBN-10: 1418040088 | ISBN-13: 9781418040086)

Job Placement Strategies for Paralegals is a job search guidebook for paralegal students and professionals. This practical workbook outlines placement skills and strategies for helping job seekers find a position in the fast growing paralegal profession. The book offers effective tools and strategies to help paralegals prepare a professional resume and cover letter, find job opportunities in the private and public sector, win over prospective employers in the job interview, and evaluate job offers, including salary, bonus structure, and benefits packages. The guide includes a detailed resume worksheet that will direct job seekers in preparing and customizing a resume for a successful job search. Sample paralegal resumes and cover letters contain critical commentary to help applicants prepare outstanding materials. This unique guidebook also prepares job hunters for the job interview by offering practical advice including how to prepare, what to bring, and what to wear. Specific interview questions, including the dreaded "zinger" questions are set forth with winning answers provided. This essential resource will help paralegals in all stages of their careers. The sample resumes, cover letters, and job strategies will be invaluable to both students entering the profession as well as paralegals currently working in the legal field.

List Price = $73.95  | CengageBrain Price = $73.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $55.50

Oran's Dictionary of the Law  (ISBN-10: 1418080918 | ISBN-13: 9781418080914)

Oran's Dictionary of the Law, Fourth Edition, is the easiest to use introduction to legal terminology and concepts on the market. It contains clear definitions of the words that most paralegals, paralegal students, and persons in related fields need to know. The book gives the reader the core of each legal idea and helps them understand the American legal system as well as how to approach research tasks. The book precisely explains contracts, laws, court decisions, and lawyers. This new fourth edition includes a CD-ROM that contains all terms and definitions in the book and over a thousand new and revised definitions. It also includes an updated section on computerized legal research and overhauled sections on bankruptcy, intellectual property, litigation support, national security and other rapidly changing subject areas. Oran's Dictionary of the Law will leave the reader equipped with a precise, technical, legal vocabulary.

List Price = $55.95  | CengageBrain Price = $55.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $42.00

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Dr. Linda L. Edwards, Esq.

Dr. Linda L. Edwards was an attorney and author, having written or co-written seven textbooks in the legal assistant field. She was an instructor in the Justice and Legal Studies Department at Phoenix College for 24 years until her retirement in January 2001. During her tenure as program director, she was responsible for creating dozens of new classes in both legal assisting and criminal justice.

J. Stanley Edwards, J.D.

J. Stanley Edwards has been an Arizona attorney since 1975. Although he started out as a patent attorney, he has been a general practitioner for all but two of those years. He co-authored five textbooks on paralegal studies with his late wife, Dr. Linda Edwards. He was a judge pro tem in the civil division of the Maricopa County Superior Court and what is now the Family Court. Additionally, he is a certified arbitrator in the District Court of Arizona. He has also practiced before the 9th Circuit Court of appeals and is an inactive member of the State Bar of Colorado.

Patricia Kirtley Wells, J.D.

A litigation associate at Snell & Wilmer before becoming a trial attorney for the E.E.O.C., Trisha has been in private practice since 1999, and has served as a judge pro tem for the Maricopa County Justice Courts and for the City of Phoenix Municipal Court. As an adjunct instructor at Phoenix College since 1999, Trisha has taught the tort law class from prior editions of Tort Law.