Chapter 5 - Intentional Torts and Negligence

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CHAPTER 5 Intentional Torts and  Negligence
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What’s a Tort? Ch. 5 - Intentional Torts and Negligence 2 It is a civil “wrong”. Causes injury to another.  Injury can be physical injury or  injury to property (tangible and intangible—e.g. loss of  reputation). It is the most popular subject of litigation in  American courts and arbitration proceedings. Is tort law responsible for harming U.S.  competitiveness?
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Intentional Torts Ch. 5 - Intentional Torts and Negligence 3 Reflecting modern society, trier of fact will award  money damages to the successful plaintiff who  has suffered injury to person and/or property. Punitive damages (to punish the defendant) can  be awarded. Intentional torts are excluded from coverage from  most commercial/homeowner liability policies. 
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Overview of the Intentional Tort Ch. 5 - Intentional Torts and Negligence 4 Involves acts or omissions which are intended or  could reasonably be expected to bring about the  consequences that are the basis of the tort action. “Tortfeasor” = the person who commits the tort.
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Torts Against the Person Ch. 5 - Intentional Torts and Negligence 5 Assault :  threat of immediate harm  or offensive contact or action that  arouses reasonable apprehension  of imminent harm. Battery :  any intentional and harmful or  offensive physical contact.  Injury not required.   Question is whether the contact is determined by  the reasonable person standard. Compare:  sexual harassment:  reasonable woman  standard.  
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Ch. 5 - Intentional Torts and Negligence 6 1. Consent 2. Self-Defense : defense of life or physical health 3. Defense of others : real or apparent danger 4. Defense of property : a) Reasonable force ok to remove intruder; deadly force:   never.
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vs.  P erson (cont.) Ch. 5 - Intentional Torts and Negligence 7 False imprisonment :  intentional confinement  or restraint of another person without authority  or justification and without consent. How:  physical force, barriers,  restraint or threats of physical force.  Merchant’s defense, no liability if: Reasonable grounds, time detained, manner.
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Ch. 5 - Intentional Torts and Negligence 8 1. Defendant made an untrue statement of fact  about plaintiff (d.n. mean opinion) 2. Statement was published (i.e. third person heard  or read it). 3.
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