Main Content

Casebook Read
Zittrain Torts Playlist Spring 2013

Tarasoff v. Regents of University of California

Do therapists have a duty to control their patients? If so, how far does this duty extend, and how may it be discharged? A mentally unstable individual murders a young woman. Before the murder, he confided his intention to kill the woman to his therapist. The police were notified of this danger, but no attempt was made to inform the victim or those close to her. The therapists also chose not to confine the murderer, despite his plan to kill.