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Intentional Torts, Negligence, and Strict Liability. Section 5-2. What Are the Most Common Intentional Torts?. Intentional torts are torts in which the defendant possessed the intent or purpose to inflict the resultant injury. Assault.

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Intentional torts negligence and strict liability

Intentional Torts, Negligence, and Strict Liability

Section 5-2


What are the most common intentional torts

What Are the Most Common Intentional Torts?

Intentional torts are torts in which the defendant possessed the intent or purpose to inflict the resultant injury.


Assault

Assault

occurs when one person intentionally puts another in reasonable fear of an offensive or harmful bodily contact


Battery

Battery

Harmful or offensive touching, includes pushing,

punching, spitting, or shooting.


False imprisonment

False Imprisonment

  • The intentional confinement of a person against the person’s will and without lawful privilege.

  • It can include being handcuffed or locked in a room or car.


Defamation

Defamation

False statements that injure a person’s reputation or good name.

  • slander—spoken defamation

  • libel- written or printed defamation

    To be defamatory the statement must be:

  • False

  • Communicated to a 3rd party

  • The victim’s reputation is ruined or he/she faces ridicule


Invasion of privacy

Invasion of Privacy

Uninvited intrusion into an individual’s personal

relationships and activities.


Trespass to land

Trespass to Land

Entry onto the property of another without the owner’s consent.


Conversion

Conversion

When property is stolen, destroyed, or used in a

manner inconsistent with the owner’s right.

Its criminal counterpart is theft.


Interference with contractual relations

Interference with Contractual Relations

Encouraging someone to breach a contract.


Fraud

Fraud

Intentional misrepresentation of an existing important fact.


What is negligence

What is Negligence?

  • Negligence is the most common tort!

  • Intent is not required for negligence.

  • Like other torts, it involves the elements of duty, breach of duty, causation, and injury.


The duty in negligence

The Duty in Negligence

  • The general duty imposed by negligence law is the reasonable-man standard.

    • reasonable-man standard —requires that we act with the care and good judgment of a reasonable person as not to cause injury to others.

  • Children under the age of 7 are incapable of negligence.

  • Professionals and skilled tradespersons are held to a higher degree of care in their work.


The breach of duty in negligence

The Breach of Duty in Negligence

  • The defendant’s conduct is compared to the reasonable-man standard to see if a violation of the duty occurred.


Causation and injury in negligence

Causation and Injury in Negligence

  • The violation of the duty must be the cause of injury.


Defenses to negligence

Defenses to Negligence

  • Contributory negligence —defendant may not have to pay, his negligence may only have been part of the problem (some states)

  • Comparative negligence —applies when a plaintiff is partially at fault therefore the defendants payment will be reduced (most states).

  • Assumption of the risk —if plaintiff’s are aware of the danger, but decide to subject themselves to the risk anyway Ex.—walking on a wet floor when there is a warning sign.


Strict liability

Strict Liability

  • Liability that exists even though the defendant was not negligent.

    • Engaging in dangerous activities—storing flammable liquids.

    • Owning animals—having a dog bite someone

    • Sale of goods that are dangerous

  • In other words, even if you did not actually do something that caused injury, something you own did.


  • Intentional torts negligence and strict liability

    What’s Your Verdict?

    Britt was driving home late one rainy night after drinking alcohol all evening. With only one working headlight, she raced down residential streets at speeds up to 50 miles per hour. Meanwhile, Yee was slowly backing her station wagon out of her driveway, but she failed to look both ways when she should have. Britt rammed into the right rear end of Yee’s car. Yee’s station wagon was badly damaged, and she was injured.

    Can Yee collect from Britt?


    Intentional torts negligence and strict liability

    • Britt’s conduct should be compared to the reasonable man standard to determine whether a violation of the duty occurred.

    • In this case, a reasonable man would drive at safe speed, only when sober, and with both headlights working. Britt clearly breached the reasonable man standard.

    • Britt’s speeding was a breach of the duty and it is reasonably foreseeable that speeding will cause injury.


    Intentional torts negligence and strict liability

    What’s Your Verdict?

    Mrs. Lamm went to a grocery store and placed a plastic Pepsi bottle into her shopping cart. One of the bottles exploded and the broken plastic sliced her leg.

    Can she collect in tort from the grocery store or Pepsi Co.?


    Intentional torts negligence and strict liability

    Mrs. Lamm could collect from either the store or the bottler under strict liability.


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