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William Mitchell College of Law

Mitchell Open Access


Faculty Scholarship

2000

The Impact of "Exceptional" Statutes on Civil Litigation in Minnesota


Michael K. Steenson
William Mitchell College of Law, mike.steenson@wmitchell.edu

Publication Information 26 William Mitchell Law Review 865 (2000)

Repository Citation
Steenson, Michael K., "The Impact of "Exceptional" Statutes on Civil Litigation in Minnesota" (2000). Faculty Scholarship. Paper 73. http://open.wmitchell.edu/facsch/73

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The Impact of "Exceptional" Statutes on Civil Litigation in Minnesota


Abstract

This article examines the treatment of exceptional statutes--statutes intended to protect a specific class of persons against their own inability to protect themselves--by the Minnesota appellate courts. After an analysis of the origins of the negligence per se doctrine in Minnesota, the article briefly examines the relationship between negligence per se and common law negligence. Then, following a brief historical background discussion of earlier cases involving exceptional statutes, the article focuses on individual cases in which the exceptional statutes are implicated. The goal of the article is to determine whether the law the supreme court developed has been consistently adhered to by the courts and, if not, whether the deviations have in fact modified the standards used to determine whether a statute will be deemed exceptional so as to preclude the assertion of defenses in specific cases.
Keywords

Negligence per se, Minnesota law, exceptional statutes, torts, common law duty, statutory duty, strict liability, absolute liability
Disciplines

Injury and Tort Law

This article is available at Mitchell Open Access: http://open.wmitchell.edu/facsch/73

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