Spring 2013
5397 Toxic Torts - SANDERS- 38642
Time/day added 10-16-12.

Professor(s): Joseph Sanders (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law 
Health Law

Time: 9:00a-10:30a  MWLocation: 215  TU2

Course Outline: This course strives to give students an overview of the law of environmental and toxic torts. It includes cases in which there is a personal injury or property damage due to exposure to toxic substances, including drugs. It combines a historic overview of the field with coverage of the current issues confronting the courts and Congress.
The legal system’s response to these substances is both proactive and retroactive. Statutes such as the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) seek to prevent injury by assessing a drug’s safety before permitting it to be marketed and by regulating the handling of hazardous waste. Common law torts suits sounding in negligence, products liability, nuisance, trespass, and strict liability for abnormally dangerous activities – provide potential redress for injuries caused by toxic substances and drugs and as do statutes such as the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), which seeks to ensure that sites that have been contaminated are cleaned up to safe standards. This course explores both responses within the context of private tort law and statutes.

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First Day Assignments:
Toxic Torts First Week Assignment:

Read Craig et al, pp 1-69. Also copy, read and bring to class the Texas Products Liability Statute: Chapter 82 of the Civil Practice and Remedy Code.

Final Exam Schedule: 05/01 9am-noon  213 BLB    

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Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement: No