William Mitchell Law Review

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30 William Mitchell Law Review 755 (2003-2004)


This note explores the Christensen decision and its effect on motor vehicle owner liability in Minnesota. First, the note presents a historical perspective from which to view the Christensen decision and Minnesota's motor vehicle liability and conversion laws. Next, the note summarizes the factual and procedural history of the Christensen case. Then the note discusses the Minnesota Supreme Court holding in Christensen. The note goes further to present a policy and legal analysis of the Christensen decision. Further, the note suggests an amendment to allow evenhanded treatment of vehicle owners, while satisfying state policy. The note concludes that the Christensen decision is a necessary extension of existing legal interpretation because it supports Minnesota and tort law goals by ensuring compensation to injured accident victims.

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