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David W. Robertson

  • W. Page Keeton Chair in Tort Law; University Distinguished Teaching Professor

Publications

Books

  • Cases and Materials on Torts (St. Paul: Thomson Reuters, 4th ed. 2011 with William Powers, Jr., David A. Anderson & Olin Guy Wellborn III; St. Paul: Thomson/West, 3rd ed. 2004; St. Paul: West, 2nd ed. 1998; 1st ed. 1989 with William Powers, Jr. & David A. Anderson; Teacher's Manual, 4th ed. 2011 with William Powers, Jr., David A. Anderson, & Olin Guy Wellborn III).
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law in the United States (Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2nd. ed. 2008 with Michael F. Sturley & Steven F. Friedell; 1st ed. 2001; Statutory Supplement 2nd ed. 2008 with Michael F. Sturley & Steven F. Friedell; 1st ed. 2001; Teacher's Manual 2nd ed. 2008 with Michael F. Sturley & Steven F. Friedell; 1st ed. 2001).
  • Admiralty Cases and Materials [s.l.: s.n.] (1997; 1996; 1995; 1994; 1992; 1992; 1977 & 1976, with Frank Maraist).
  • The Louisiana Law of Comparative Fault: A Decade of Progress (Baton Rouge, LA: LSU Law Center Press, 1991).
  • The Correspondence Between Leon Green and Charles McCormick: 1927-1962 (Littleton, CO: Fred B. Rothman, 1988) (editor, with Robin Meyer).
  • Torts: Texas Cases and Materials. [s.l.: s.n.] (1985, 1978, 1975) (with James Treece).
  • Admiralty and Federalism: History and Analysis of Problems of Federal-State Relations in the Maritime Law of the United States (Mineola, NY: Foundation Press, 1970).

Articles

  • Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law at the National Level and in the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, 38 Tulane Maritime Law Journal 419 (2014) (with Michael F. Sturley).
  • Vessel Status in Maritime Law: Does Lozman Set a New Course?, 44 Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce 393 (2013) (with Michael Sturley).
  • Border Wars: Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach, Benedict's Maritime Bulletin, Vol. 11, No. 1, at 18 (2013).
  • Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law at the National Level and in the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, 37 Tulane Maritime Law Journal 401 (2013) (with Michael F. Sturley).
  • Criteria for Recovery of Economic Loss Under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, 7 Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law 241 (2011-2012).
  • Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law at the National Level and in the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, 36 Tulane Maritime Law Journal 425 (2012) (with Michael F. Sturley).
  • Jurisdiction and Choice of Law Issues in OCS Oil Spill Cases, 59 Louisiana Bar Journal 344 (2012).
  • OPA and Economic Loss: A Response to Professor Goldberg, 30 Mississippi College Law Review 217 (2011).
  • The Oil Pollution Act’s Provisions on Damages for Economic Loss, 30 Mississippi College Law Review 157 (2011).
  • OCS Indemnity Contracts: State Law or Maritime Law? Grand Isle Shipyard v. Seacor Marine, LLC, 35 Tulane Maritime Law Journal 467 (2011). View Article
  • Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law at the National Level and in the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, 35 Tulane Maritime Law Journal 493 (2011) (with Michael F. Sturley). View Article
  • Punitive Damages in U.S. Maritime Law: Miles, Baker, and Townsend, 70 Louisiana Law Review 463 (2010).
  • Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law at the National Level and in the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, 34 Tulane Maritime Law Journal 443 (2010) (with Michael F. Sturley).
  • Causation in the Restatement (Third) of Torts: Three Arguable Mistakes, 44 Wake Forest Law Review 1007 (2009).
  • Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law at the National Level and in the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, 33 Tulane Maritime Law Journal 381 (2009) (with Michael F. Sturley).
  • How the Supreme Court's New Definition of "Vessel" is Affecting Seaman Status, Admiralty Jurisdiction, and Other Areas of Maritime Law, 39 Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce 115 (2008).
  • Good Vibrations: An Introduction [Eighth Nicholas Healy Lecture: Admiralty's Greatest Hits], 39 Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce 1 (2008).
  • Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law at the National Level and in the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, 32 Tulane Maritime Law Journal 493 (2008) (with Michael F. Sturley).
  • Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law at the National Level and in the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, 31 Tulane Maritime Law Journal 463 (2007) (with Michael F. Sturley).
  • The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act's Provisions on Jurisdiction, Remedies, and Choice of Law: Correcting the Fifth Circuit's Mistakes, 38 Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce 487 (2007).
  • Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law at the National Level and in the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, 30 Tulane Maritime Law Journal 195 (2006) (with Michael F. Sturley).
  • Admiralty Jurisdiction Over One Co-Tortfeasor Cannot Effectuate Admiralty Jurisdiction Over Another, 37 Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce 161 (2006).
  • Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law at the National Level and in the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, 29 Tulane Maritime Law Journal 369 (2005) (with Michael F. Sturley).
  • Completing the Definition of a Jones Act Seaman: Stewart v. Dutra Construction Co., 3 Benedict's Maritime Bulletin 103 (2005).
  • Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law at the National Level and in the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, 16 University of San Francisco Maritime Law Journal 147 (2003-04) (with Michael F. Sturley).
  • The Admiralty Extension Act Solution, 34 Journal of Maritime Law & Commerce 209 (2003) (with Michael F. Sturley).
  • Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law at the National Level and in the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, 27 Tulane Maritime Law Journal 495 (2003) (with Michael F. Sturley).
  • The Supreme Court's Approach to Determining Seaman Status: Discerning the Law Amid Loose Language and Catchphrases, 34 Journal of Maritime Law & Commerce 547 (2003).
  • Protecting U.S. Oil Companies from Lawsuits Brought by Foreign Offshore Oil and Gas Workers: A Report on the Effects of the 1982 Amendment to the Jones Act, 21 Review of Litigation 309 (2002) (with Chari Lynn Kelly).
  • Understanding Panama Railroad Co. v. Johnson: The Supreme Court's Interpretation of the Seaman's Elections Under the Jones Act, 14 University of San Francisco Maritime Law Journal 229 (2001-02) (with Michael F. Sturley).
  • Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law at the National Level and in the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, 26 Tulane Maritime Law Journal 193 (2001) (with Michael F. Sturley).
  • Eschewing Ersatz Percentages: A Simplified Vocabulary of Comparative Fault, 45 Saint Louis University Law Journal 831 (2001).
  • Personal Injury and Wrongful Death [The Future of Maritime Law in the Federal Courts: A Faculty Colloquium], 31 Journal of Maritime Law & Commerce 293 (2000).
  • The Right to a Jury Trial in Jones Act Cases: Choosing the Forum Versus Choosing the Procedure, 30 Journal of Maritime Law & Commerce 649 (1999) (with Michael F. Sturley).
  • Love and Fury: Recent Radical Revisions to the Law of Comparative Fault, 59 Louisiana Law Review 175 (1998).
  • Summertime Sailing and the U.S. Supreme Court: The Need for a National Admiralty Court, 29 Journal of Maritime Law & Commerce 275 (1998).
  • Summary Judgment and Burden of Proof: Effects of the 1996 Amendment, 45 Louisiana Bar Journal 331 (1997).
  • Punitive Damages in American Maritime Law, 28 Journal of Maritime Law & Commerce 73 (1997).
  • The Vocabulary of Negligence Law: Continuing Causation Confusion, 58 Louisiana Law Review 1 (1997).
  • Allocating Authority Among Institutional Decision Makers in Louisiana State-Court Negligence and Strict Liability Cases, 57 Louisiana Law Review 1079 (1997).
  • The Common Sense of Cause in Fact, 75 Texas Law Review 1765 (1997).
  • Court-Awarded Attorneys' Fees in Maritime Cases: The "American Rule" in Admiralty, 27 Journal of Maritime Law & Commerce 507 (1996).
  • The Applicability of State Law in Maritime Cases After Yamaha Motor Corp. v. Calhoun, 21 Tulane Maritime Law Journal 81 (1996).
  • Seaman Status After Chandris, Inc. v. Latsis, 8 University of San Francisco Maritime Law Journal 29 (1995) (with Jack L. Albritton).
  • Displacement of State Law by Federal Maritime Law, 26 Journal of Maritime Law & Commerce 325 (1995).
  • Admiralty and Maritime Litigation in State Court, 55 Louisiana Law Review 685 (1995).
  • The Federal Doctrine of Forum Non Conveniens: "An Object Lesson in Uncontrolled Discretion," 29 Texas International Law Journal 353 (1994).
  • Liability in Negligence for Nervous Shock, 57 Modern Law Review 649 (1994).
  • Solidarity Liability in Tort: Understanding Gauthier and Touchard (pts. 1 & 2), 41 Louisiana Bar Journal 227 (1993), 41 Louisiana Bar Journal 334 (1993).
  • The Texas Employer's Liability in Tort for Injuries to an Employee Occurring in the Course of Employment, 24 St. Mary's Law Journal 1195 (1993).
  • Continuing Issues in the Rights of Injured Maritime Workers in the Wilander-Gizoni Era, 24 Rutgers Law Journal 443 (1993).
  • Judge Rubin's Maritime Tort Decision, 52 Louisiana Law Review 1527 (1992).
  • Negligence Liability for Crimes and Intentional Torts Committed by Others, 67 Tulane Law Review 135 (1992).
  • The Law of Seaman Status Clarified, 23 Journal of Maritime Law & Commerce 1 (1992).
  • Supreme Court Clarifies the Test for Seaman Status, Lloyd's Maritime Law, Sept. 15, 1991, at 2.
  • Alvin Rubin's Last Dissent, 70 Texas Law Review 7 (1991).
  • Tort Liability of Government Units in Louisiana, 64 Tulane Law Review 857 (1990).
  • Access to State Courts in Transnational Personal Injury Cases: Forum Non Conveniens and Antisuit Injunctions, 68 Texas Law Review 937 (1990) (with Paula Speck).
  • A Public Policy Analysis of Texas Tort Reform Proposal, 6 The Advocate 3 (1987).
  • Forum Non Conveniens in America and England: "A Rather Fantastic Fiction," 103 Law Quarterly Review 398 (1987).
  • Recovery in Louisiana Tort Law for Intangible Economic Loss: Negligence Actions and the Tort of Intentional Interference With Contractual Relations, 46 Louisiana Law Review 737 (1986).
  • "Construct Yaselves Accordingly" [Commencement Address], LSU Law, Spring 1985, at 3.
  • A New Approach to Determining Seaman Status, 64 Texas Law Review 79 (1985).
  • Introduction to the Bhopal Symposium [Symposium: The Bhopal Tragedy: Social and Legal Issues], 20 Texas International Law Journal 269 (1985).
  • Current Problems in Seamen's Remedies: Seaman Status, Relationship Between Jones Act and LHWCA, and Unseaworthiness Actions by Workers Not Covered by LHWCA, 45 Louisiana Law Review 875 (1985).
  • Remedies for Injured Offshore Oil Workers, Trial, Dec. 1984, at 48 (with Paul Due).
  • Ruminations on Comparative Fault, Duty-Risk Analysis, Affirmative Defenses and Defensive Doctrines in Negligence and Strict Liability Litigation in Louisiana, 42 Louisiana Law Review 1341 (1984).
  • Comparative Negligence in Texas, 10 Texas Tech Law Review 933 (1979) (with William V. Dorsaneo).
  • The Legal Philosophy of Leon Green, 56 Texas Law Review 393 (1978).
  • Negligence Actions by Longshoremen Against Shipowners Under Section 905(b) of the Longshoremen's and Harbor Worker's Compensation Act, 3 Maritime Law 1 (1977).
  • Injuries to Marine Petroleum Workers: A Plea for Radical Simplification, 55 Texas Law Review 973 (1977).
  • Jurisdiction, Shipowner Negligence and Stevedore Immunities Under the 1972 Amendments to the Longshoremen's Act, 28 Mercer Law Review 515 (1977).
  • Negligence Actions by Longshoremen Against Shipowners Under the 1972 Amendments to the Longshoremen's and Harbor Worker's Compensation Act, 7 Journal of Maritime Law & Commerce 447 (1976).
  • Admiralty Procedure and Jurisdiction After the 1966 Unification, 74 Michigan Law Review 1627 (1976).
  • Comparative Negligence, 24 Louisiana Bar Journal 180 (1976).
  • Defamation and the First Amendment: In Praise of Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc., 54 Texas Law Review 199 (1976).
  • The Aggressor Doctrine, 1 Southern University Law Review 82 (1975).
  • Manufacturers' Liability for Defective Products in Louisiana Law, 50 Tulane Law Review 51 (1975).
  • Reason Versus Rule in Louisiana Tort Law: Dialogues on Hill v. Lundon & Associates, Inc., 34 Louisiana Law Review 1 (1973).
  • The Debate Among American International Lawyers About the Vietnam War, 46 Texas Law Review 898 (1968).
  • Some Suggestions on Student Boredom in English and American Law Schools, 20 Journal of Legal Education 278 (1968).
  • The Precedent Value of Conclusions of Fact in Civil Cases in England and Louisiana, 29 Louisiana Law Review 78 (1968).
  • Calbeck v. Travelers Insurance Co.: Legitimate Use of Judicial Legerdemain, Modern Uses of Logic in Law, Mar. 1966.
  • Work of the Louisiana Appellate Courts for the 1962-63 Term--Torts, 24 Louisiana Law Review 203 (1964).
  • Work of the Louisiana Appellate Courts for the 1962-63 Term--Sales, 24 Louisiana Law Review 192 (1964).
  • Some Interesting Features of the Proposed Trusts Code, 24 Louisiana Law Review 712 (1964).
  • Work of the Louisiana Appellate Courts for the 1961-62 Term--Torts, 23 Louisiana Law Review 281 (1963).
  • Comment, Inter-Sovereign Certification as Answer to Abstention Problem, 21 Louisiana Law Review 777 (1961).
  • Comment, Appellate Review of Facts in Louisiana Civil Cases, 21 Louisiana Law Review 402 (1961).
  • Note, Doctrine of Equitable Abstention Applied to Civil Rights Cases, 20 Louisiana Law Review 614 (1960).
  • Comment, Doctrine of Anticipatory Breach of Contract, 20 Louisiana Law Review 119 (1959).
  • Note, Contempt Conviction for Out-of-Court Photography, 19 Louisiana Law Review 694 (1959).

Reviews

  • Metaphysical Truth vs. Workable Tort Law: Adverse Ambitions?, 88 Texas Law Review 1053 (2010) (reviewing Causation and Responsibility: An Essay in Law, Morals, and Metaphysics, by Michael S. Moore).
  • Tort Liability for Psychiatric Damage: The Law of "Nervous Shock," by Nicholas J. Mullany & Peter R. Handford, 57 Modern Law Review 649 (1994).
  • The Law of Admiralty, 2nd ed., by Grant Gilmore & Charles L. Black Jr., 1976 Wisconsin Law Review 362.

Contributions

  • Admiralty: United States Law, in 1 The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History 37 (Stanley N. Katz ed.; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009) (with Michael F. Sturley).
  • The Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law (Roger K. Newman ed.; New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009) (contributor).
  • An American Perspective on Negligence, in Tort Law 193 (Basil Markesinis & Simon F. Deakin eds.; 3rd ed. 1994)
  • Conflict of Laws and Forum Non Conveniens Determinations in Maritime Personal Injury and Death Cases in United States Courts, in New Directions in Maritime Law 51 (David J. Sharpe & W. Wylie Spicer eds.; Toronto: Carswell, 1985).
  • Defamation in the United States Supreme Court, in ABA Seminar Series, Appellate Judges' Conference (May 1975).
  • Louisiana Tort Law in the Seventies, in Appendix to Proceedings of Spring, 1975, Conference of Louisiana District Judges.
  • Tort Liability for Oil and Gas Operations in Louisiana, in Proceedings of the 14th Annual Institute on Mineral Law (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1967).

Other

  • Legal Education for Minorities (Austin: University of Texas Communications Center, 1969) (with Warren Schwartz & Marshall Shapo).
  • Civil Disobedience pt. 1-3 (Austin: University of Texas Communications Center, 1968) (moderator, Byron Fullerton; panelist with Al Smith, Frank Maloney, Bob Smith, James Treece, Vincent Blasi, James Brewer, David Hill & Frank Elliott).

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