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CAPSULE SUMMARY

 

Chapter 1

INTRODUCTION

I. GENERAL INTRODUCTION

A. Definition of tort:  There is no single definition of “tort.” The most we can say is that: (1) a tort is a civil wrong committed by one person against another; and (2) torts can and usually do arise outside of any agreement between the parties.

B. CategoriesThere are three broad categories of torts, and there are individual named torts within each category:

1. Intentional torts:  First, intentional torts are ones where the defendant desires to bring about a particular result. The main intentional torts are:

a. Battery.

b. Assault.

c. False imprisonment.

d. Infliction of mental distress.

2. Negligence:  The next category is the generic tort of “negligence. Here, the defendant has not intended to bring about a certain result, but has merely behaved carelessly. There are no individually-named torts in this category, merely the general concept of “negligence.”

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