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Zittrain Torts Playlist Spring 2013

Koch v. Consolidated Edison Co.

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When a public utility fails to provide its services, should it be liable for possible economic harm flowing from the disruption in service? Defendant electric-power company negligently caused a blackout. Plaintiff municipality sued for the increased overtime wages of police, fire, sanitation and hospital personnel as a consequence of the blackout; other plaintiffs sued for lost sales, transfers, transactions, tolls and fares not paid; and lastly, some plaintiffs sued for property damage resulting from looting and vandalism by rioters.