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Zittrain Torts Playlist Spring 2013

Weiner v. Metro. Transit Authority

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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.