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New Series: American Law Reports

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Volume 1 of ALR 7

A new series of the American Law Report (ALR) has been released! ALR 7 will succeed ALR 6, bringing along helpful updates. Much like ALR 6, ALR 7 includes summary and analysis of cases as well as providing a jurisdictional Table of Cases and Research References with each article.

One of the primary changes to take effect in ALR 7 is a new citation method. Now, ALR 7 cites section numbers (i.e. article numbers) instead of page numbers. As a result, this new method allows for the same citation to be used interchangeably between print and online sources. When using the new citation, be sure it is only in relation to ALR 7 and not previous ALR series.

See examples below:

NEW citation for ALR 7
25 A.L.R. 7th Art. 3

OLD citation for ALR 6
84 A.L.R. 6th 589 (Originally published in 2013)

Additionally, new components relating to content have been introduced to the sleek, new ALR 7. These elements include:

Jurisdictional headings for case summaries
Checklists of important factors
Graphic visualizations of case law outcomes for selected articles
Article indices consolidated into a single, full-volume index

To verify you are using the most current version of an article, be sure to check the back of the volume for pocket parts, or use WestlawNext (available in the library).



Updated laws in Damages in Tort Actions

Damages in Tort ActionsThe law is constantly evolving as legislatures pass new laws and courts decide new cases.  As a result, the resources available at the law library must be constantly updated to reflect these changes to the law. Updating the library’s resources is an interesting and eye-opening task for someone like me, who is new to law libraries and the law.  And while these updates are usually commonplace and nothing extraordinary, every so often, the chapter headings verge on the edge of humor or something a little more sinister. At the very least, the chapter titles are rather conducive to dark jokes and a running commentary.

Damages in Tort Actions, an eleven-volume reference set available in the library, started off as expected with a generic chapter entitled “Damages in General.” Nothing seemed unusual or strange in the title – it fit rather well with the title of the volume. But things took a drastic dramatic turn  chapter four, “Pain and Suffering,”chapter seven: “Mishandling of Dead Bodies.”  Does this happen often enough to merit an entire chapter?  To make matters worse, chapter eight is the “Loss of Enjoyment of Life.”  Was an existential crisis looming?

These blunt headings were merely the beginning of the narrative unfolding before me, and I began to read the chapter titles as the outline of thriller novel with a dose of dark humor. Is this truly a reference set?  Instead, perhaps it is the tragedy of an over-worked attorney or the narrative of a disgruntled student. Whoever the story may follow, he or she is not a happy individual.

The thriller novel chapter headings continued throughout the update of Damages in Tort Actions. Chapter twenty-one: “Survival Actions” and chapter twenty-seven: “Loss of a Chance of Survival”  seem to foreshadow a rather gruesome and unhappy conclusion to this possible murder mystery. This reference set calls to mind what might happen if Edgar Allan Poe and John Grisham had decided to enter into the legal reference market.

Damages in Tort Actions may have been mistitled. A better name for it may be The Plight of the Human Existence or, perhaps, It Only Gets Worse from Here.

For more interesting, humorous, or odd laws come into the Law Library and look around!