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Zittrain Torts Playlist Spring 2013

In re Polemis

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Should defendants be directly liable for their negligence, even if the type of damage was not reasonably foreseeable? Stevedores (dockworkers) employed by the defendant accidentally knocked over a wooden plank while moving cargo on plaintiff's ship. The fallen plank somehow created a spark, which ignites the ship's flammable cargo. Plaintiff's entire ship is destroyed as a result.