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September 17, 2012

WSLL Recommends: The Law of Premises Liability

Our latest recommended title is The Law of Premises Liability, by Glen Weissenberger and Barbara B. McFarland.

This treatise addresses personal injury actions brought by entrants against owners or occupiers of land. Previously published as a hardbound volume with a paperbound annual supplement, it is now in looseleaf format with several updates ("releases") published each year. As such, it remains one of the most complete and up-to-date resources available on the law of premises liability.

Individual chapters cover:
  • Liability to trespassers, licensees or invitees for unintended harms
  • Public employees and recreational entrants
  • The Slip-and-fall case
  • Liability for other-than-negligent torts
  • Landlord and tenant
  • Suits against government: federal, state, municipal, and public housing authorities
  • Liability for harm caused by criminal acts of third persons
  • Liability of dramshop (bar or saloon) owners, social hosts and others for harm caused by intoxicated persons
Though this treatise discusses the latest case law from all 50 states, it does not provide a way to pinpoint the discussion of any particular state's cases or to determine which opinions of any given state court are discussed. Therefore, researchers interested in Wisconsin law might also want to consult titles such as Wisconsin Safe-Place Law, Premises Liability: Preparation and Trial of a Difficult Case in Wisconsin; and Elements of an Action (Wisconsin Practice Series, vol. 14).

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