Assumption of Risk and Consent in the Twenty-First Century

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In his Chancellor’s lecture at UCI School of Law, “Assumption of Risk and Consent in the Twenty-First Century,” Kenneth W. Simons discusses the definitions of consent and assumption of risk with illustrations referencing Harry Houdini, the infamous “Flopper” ride from Coney Island, and Sluggerrr the Kansas City Royals mascot hitting a fan with a hot dog.

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Continuity and Change in the Draft Restatement (Third) of Conflict of Laws: One Step Forward and Two Steps Back?

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A deep contradiction lies at the heart of the Draft Restatement (Third) of Conflict of Laws. The Draft Restatement embraces a novel theoretical framework—the “two-step” theory—that attempts to integrate the basic tenets of so-called “modern” choice of law theory into a coherent intellectual whole.

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Cause Marketing Done Right

At your next board meeting, management mentions plans to launch a marketing affiliation with a well-known charity. The cause seems like a good one; your company will gain social and public relations benefits, and all sides seem to win. However, some corporations have followed this line of thinking to disaster, when the charity brought hidden legal or financial landmines, or triggered an awkward media relations debacle. As a board member, what questions should you ask before your company seeks to do good?

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