Abstract

"Tort law refers to the set of legal rules and practices that govern wrongful injuries to persons or property" (Culyer & Newhouse, 2000). In today's world, individuals highly utilize the law as a resource for blame and compensation. One of the best demonstrations of this mentality is the reaction of some Americans to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. For instance, in Florida, two men filed a $1.1 trillion lawsuit against Osama bin Laden, claiming that his terrorist acts threatened them with personal injury and forced them to re-fortify their bomb shelters. Additionally, they accuse bin Laden of causing them to suffer from high blood pressure and stomach disorders, though they acknowledge it is highly unlikely that he will actually appear in court ("Bin Laden Lawsuit", 2001). Moreover, the wife of a man who perished in the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center is suing bin Laden and the Taliban for at least $5 million in a wrongful death lawsuit (McKay, 2001).

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