Torts: The Case of the Injured Wife

One June night in 1964, Albert Clark of Lancaster, N.H., was driving his wife to a bowling alley in Littleton, N.H. Although the towns are only 15 miles apart, the best road between them swings into Vermont, where Clark had an accident in which his wife was injured. Which law governed — that of Vermont or New Hampshire?

The question arose because Mrs. Clark was forced to sue Mr. Clark in order to stake her $50,000 claim against his insurance company. It was a suit the company confidently expected to win. Even though Mrs. Clark had to file her suit...

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