Sunday, December 12, 2004

Palsgraf Must-Read

The most famous tort case of all time has a "rest of the story" that is worth reading - about the subsequent mishaps (would-be torts) that befell Plaintiff Palsgraf and her descendants in steady succession. I hate to smile at others' misfortunes, but irony can be irrisistible. Multigenerational curses are somewhat untenable for the biblically literate (see Ezek. 18) and skeptics alike, of course. Nevertheless, the stories add a layer of richness to the oft-told story about the explosion on the Long Island Railroad.