Kenneth S. Abraham

Rylands v. Fletcher: Tort Law's Conscience

West Law School

UVA Law Faculty Affiliations


This publication provides a student with an understanding of ten leading torts cases, focusing on how the litigation was shaped by lawyers, judges and socioeconomic factors, and why the cases have attained landmark status. It is suitable for adoption as a supplement in a first-year torts course, or as a text for an advanced seminar.


Kenneth S. Abraham, Rylands v. Fletcher: Tort Law’s Conscience, in Robert L. Rabin & Stephen Sugarman Torts Stories, West Law School (2003).

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