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State Tort Law Profiles

Updated as of August 25, 2009



To expand public awareness about the tort laws currently on the books in a variety of states, we present this compendium of tort law profiles for the states listed below.

These profiles, which have been prepared by the Public Policy Group of Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. in Washington, DC, are not meant to be a thoroughly complete analysis of the tort laws identified.  However, the information presented is accurate as of the "last update date" on the top right hand corner of each page.  Updates to these pages are made on a regular basis by Shook Hardy, at which point the "last update date" is updated as well.

These profiles include topics such emerging issues as:

  • Whether the state recognizes a cause of action for medical monitoring

  • Whether the state's consumer protection statute is subject to abuse

  • Whether the state has adopted a law prohibiting lawsuits for obesity

  • The state's appeal bond requirement

  • The state's "empty chair" or "phantom defendant" rule

  • Whether the state has adopted elements of the Jury Patriotism Act

If you have specific questions about these profiles, please contact:  Mark A. Behrens, Esq. Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P., 1155 F Street, N.W., Suite 200 Washington, D.C. 20004-1305 ph. (202) 639-5621


Click on the state names below to go to each state's tort law profile:



This analysis provides a brief overview of the law.  It is not a substitute for consulting with an attorney and is not intended to provide legal advice.  If you know of developments that are more recent than those reflected above, please send an email to Original material 2009 Center for America.