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Multiple Causation, Apportionment and the Shapley Value


Multiple causation is one of the most intricate issues in contemporary tort law. Sharing a loss suffered by a victim among multiple tortfeasors is indeed difficult and courts do not always follow clear and consistent principles. Here, we argue that the axiomatic approach provided by the theory of cooperative games can be used to clarify that issue. We have considered the question from a purely theoretic point of view in Dehez and Ferey (2013). Here we propose to analyze it from a legal perspective. We consider the specific case of successive causation by defining and solving a general class of games called "sequential liability games". We show that our model rationalizes the two-step process proposed by the Restatement Third of Torts, apportionment by causation and by responsibility. More precisely, we show that the weighted Shapley value associated to a sequential liability game is the legal counterpart of this two-step process.

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hal-01723768 , version 1 (05-03-2018)



Samuel Ferey, Pierre Dehez. Multiple Causation, Apportionment and the Shapley Value. Journal of Legal Studies, 2016, 45 (1), pp.143 - 171. ⟨10.1086/685940⟩. ⟨hal-01723768⟩
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