Ralph Nader's new cause: Tort law museum

Displays of key legal precedents

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Ralph Nader has a new cause.

The consumer advocate and political activist is planning a museum in his Connecticut hometown that celebrates the triumph of law over corporate power.

The American Museum of Tort Law will detail the history of the civil law that seeks relief for people injured by wrongful acts of others. It will also feature displays of key legal precedents and significant cases such as the 1998 national settlement with tobacco companies.

Nader says the museum may also host artifacts including a Chevrolet Corvair -- the car featured in his famous 1965 book on the auto industry's safety record.

A spokesman for the American Tort Reform Association calls the museum unnecessary and wonders if Nader's opinion on tort law will change after the museum's first slip-and-fall lawsuit.

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