Jul 16, 2013
09:22 AMThe Connecticut Story
Ralph Nader to Open Tort Law Museum in His Connecticut Hometown, Winsted
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Ralph Nader stands on the Holabird Avenue Bridge in Winsted in May 2013, which town officials say must be replaced.
The former Winsted Savings Bank on Main Street in Winsted will soon be home to the nation’s first tort law museum, according to city native and nationally-known political activist Ralph Nader.
Nader said the building at 654 Main St. will become the American Museum of Tort Law. The law of torts, Nader said in an emailed statement, is invoked by plaintiffs when there is wrongful injury to persons and property. Its origins date back to English common law.
Nader recently took control of the building, which became available after the merger of the Winsted Savings Bank with the Northwest Community Bank. Winsted Savings Bank will be vacating the property sometime in the fall. Renovations will begin then to reflect the requirements of the museum’s exhibits and flow of visitors.
The exhibits are currently being designed and will include historical cases of precedent that built the “edifice of common law of torts,” along with major cases, including judicial decisions in auto safety, tobacco, asbestos and invasion of privacy.