Torts: Come Up & Sue Me

Such is the U.S. genius for mass-produced luxury that the average home swimming pool now costs only $3,849. By year's end, the country will have more than 400,000 of them, a 220% increase since 1959. So enjoy the pool, but keep in touch with a lawyer.

Although specific swimming-pool laws are still rare, chances are that pools come under the local "police power" to regulate public health, safety, morals or welfare. A pool owner may not only have to build a high, strong fence, but he may also also pay higher property...

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