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Did Superman have a legal duty to save lives?

Posted by Jay L. Ciulla | Jul 02, 2013 | 0 Comments

Caution: "Man of Steel" movie spoilers follow:

If you went to law school, you probably remember that there's generally no duty to rescue unless a special relationship applies or the Good Samaritan has voluntarily assumed the duty.But that legal rule can create discomfort, as the Superman movie Man of Steel illustrates, attorney and author James Daily writes in a post on Wired's Underwire blog.

Should Superman have allowed his father to be killed in a tornado? It seems that the law permits this, although state statutes do apply somewhat different standards. But is the libertarian principle that individual freedom prevails over societal responsibilities really the rule that we—and the moviemakers—want to apply, wonders Daily, who blogs at Law and the Multiverse and is co-author of The Law and Superheroes.

Be sure to read the comments readers posted below the article linked below.  Comments 7 (by BaylorBearister) and 8 (by OKBankLaw) made were particularly amusing.

Did Superman have a legal duty to save lives?

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Jay L. Ciulla

Jay L. Ciulla is a native of Phoenix, Arizona. Since 1997, he has been helping injured injured people with their legal issues. He has extensive litigation and trial experience and has represented clients in more than one hundred trials.


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