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Zittrain Torts Playlist Spring 2013

John Torchia; Edna Torchia; Karen Woolley, Individually and as Guardian ad Litem for Ryan Woolley, Plaintiffs-Respondents, v. William F. Fisher, Administrator of the Estate of William R. Fisher, Defendant, and Garden State Aviation, Inc., a corporation, Defendant-Appellant, and Wall Herald Corporation, a corporation, Defendant-Respondent.

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How should courts interpret statutes that impose strict liability? Should public policy affect how courts construe strict liability statutes? Defendant's airplane was stolen by Fisher. Fisher crashed the stolen plane into the plaintiff's house, injuring the plaintiff. At trial, the plaintiff argued that the defendant was liable for Fisher's crash, under a state statute which imposed absolute liability on aircraft owners.