III.Supp. Supplemental Cases and Materials | Jonathan Zittrain | December 21, 2012


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III.Supp. Supplemental Cases and Materials

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    1. 1.1 Show/Hide More Shen v. Leo A. Daly Co.--"The Confined-to-Taiwan Case"
      Original Creator: Jonathan Zittrain
      Should we recognize false imprisonment in situations where the boundaries of plaintiff’s ‘confinement’ extend far beyond a single room (for example, if they extend to the boundaries of an entire country)?
      Defendant refused to pay taxes assessed by the Taiwanese government. As the designated “responsible person” for the defendant’s Taiwanese business, plaintiff was directly liable for the taxes. Plaintiff asked the defendant to pay the taxes owed; defendant refused. The country of Taiwan forbade the plaintiff from leaving the country until the tax controversy was resolved. The plaintiff sued the defendant for false imprisonment, among other theories of liability.
    1. 2.1 Show/Hide More Coblyn v. Kennedy's Inc.--"The 'Stolen' Ascot Case"
      Original Creator: Jonathan Zittrain
      Should store owners be allowed to detain suspected shoplifters? If so, to what extent should they be allowed to stop and interrogate customers?
      As plaintiff was about to leave the defendant’s store, defendant’s employee stopped him under the mistaken belief that the plaintiff had stolen a scarf. The employee grabbed plaintiff’s arm and insisted he return to the back of the store. Plaintiff complied, but suffered a heart attack due to the embarrassment and stress of the situation.

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