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Tort Law Research Guide

Guide to assist in Torts research.

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Written by

Ashot Hovhannisyan

USC Law Library - Research Assistant


The Restatements are an influential resource published by the American Law Institute (ALI) describing the law in a given area.  The ALI is a group that clarifies and simplifies existing US laws.  Members of this group include attorneys, law professors, judges, and other professionals in the legal industry.  The Restatements are highly respected sources that are often cited by courts.  There are two Restatements for torts.  The primary difference between the two is a new approach to product liability.  

Restatement of the Law Second, Torts.  (Print, WestlawLexisBloomberg)

  • An influential treatise on the law of torts published by ALI, some sections are superseded by Restatement of the Law Third, Torts). 

Restatement of the Law Third, Torts.  (Print, Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg)

  • A more recent influential treatise on the law of torts published by ALI.