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The Torts Game: Defending Mean Joe Greene

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Jonathan L. Zittrain
Harvard University

Jennifer K. Harrison
Faegre & Benson LLP

2004. 180 pages. Paperback. ISBN 978-0-7355-4509-0. With Teacher's Manual.

About the Book

Use this short secondary text with any torts casebook to give your students a demonstration of the practical dimensions to tort law alongside the doctrine they are already learning. The Torts Game is ingeniously designed to engage student interest as it reviews key topics.

This coursebook vividly illustrates the realities of tort law:

  • uses a real-world case involving Charles “Mean Joe” Greene to work through torts doctrines, exploring the dilemmas that confront attorneys
  • provides four modules that address intentional tort, the interplay between intentional tort and negligence, employer liability, and insurance dimensions of the case as it explores how these doctrines play out in practice
  • each module familiarizes students with primary materials, using court documents, letters exchanged among the parties, and internal memoranda regarding case strategy
  • each module is designed to fit with existing torts assignments, greatly enhancing a course without requiring a reworking of its contents
  • helps students understand both the strategic and the ethical choices attorneys face in preparing cases


  • Review of The Torts Game
    Read an in-depth review written by Professor Thomas H. Koenig of Northeastern University.  This review originally appeared in the Bimonthly Review of Law Books, Volume 15, No. 6, November/December 2004.

Preface / Sample Chapters