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Intentional Torts Chapter Introduction 6-1 The Basis of Tort Law 6-1a The Purpose of Tort Law 6-1b Damages Available in Tort Actions 6-2 Intentional Torts against Persons 6-2a Assault and Battery 6-2b False Imprisonment 6-2c Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress 6-2d Defamation 6-2e Invasion of Privacy 6-2f Appropriation 6-2g Fraudulent Misrepresentation 6-2h Abusive or Frivolous Litigation 6-3 Business Torts 6-3a Wrongful Interference with a Contractual Relationship 6-3b Wrongful Interference with a Business Relationship 6-3c Defenses to Wrongful Interference 6-4 Intentional Torts against Property 6-4a Trespass to Land 6-4b Trespass to Personal Property 6-4c Conversion 6-4d Disparagement of Property 6-5 Cyber Torts 6-5a Defamation Online 6-5b Spam Chapter Recap Page 1 of 25 Print Chapter 2010-8-29 ..
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Chapter Introduction Part of doing business today–and, indeed, part of everyday life–is the risk of being involved in a lawsuit. The list of circumstances in which businesspersons can be sued is long and varied. A customer who is injured by a security guard at a business establishment, for example, may attempt to sue the business owner, claiming that the security guard's conduct was wrongful. Any time that one party's allegedly wrongful conduct causes injury to another, an action may arise under the law of torts (the word tort is French for "wrong"). Through tort law, society compensates those who have suffered injuries as a result of the wrongful conduct of others. Many of the lawsuits brought by or against business firms are based on the tort theories discussed in this chapter, which covers intentional torts, and the next chapter, which discusses unintentional torts. Intentional torts arise from intentional acts, whereas unintentional torts often result from carelessness (as when an employee at a store knocks over a display case, injuring a customer). In addition, this chapter discusses how tort law applies to wrongful actions in the online environment. Tort theories also come into play in the context of product liability (liability for defective products), which will be discussed in detail in Chapter 23. Page 2 of 25 Print Chapter 2010-8-29 ..
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6-1 6-1a 6-1b The Basis of Tort Law The Purpose of Tort Law Damages Available in Tort Actions Contemporary Legal Debates: Tort Reform The question of whether our tort law system is in need of reform has aroused heated debate. While some argue that the current system imposes excessive costs on society, others contend that the system protects consumers from unsafe products and practices. "End the Tort Tax and Frivolous Lawsuits," Say the Critics
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