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Zittrain Torts Playlist Spring 2013

Ann G. Weiner, Respondent, v. Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Defendant, and New York City Transit Authority, Appellant. Henrietta Shernov, Appellant, v. New York City Transit Authority, Respondent.

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Should non-police, government agencies—such as transit authorities—have a duty to protect the individuals they service? Defendant transit authority was aware of a history of armed robberies and assaults at a particular subway station, many of which occurred during time periods where the station was unmanned by transit police or employees. The plaintiff suffered a knife wound when a robber slashed through the strap of her handbag. At the time of her robbery, no transit police or employees were scheduled to be present at the station.