ADMS 2610 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Defamatory Libel, Unfair Business Practices, Qualified Privilege

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The term tort is a legal term derived from the latin word tortus, meaning a wrong . Interference with the person in tort law includes both willful and unintentional interference (negligence). The principal forms of willful or intentional interference are the torts of assault and battery, and false imprisonment. These torts are ancient, and represent breaches of the king"s peace as well as intentional injury to the person. Both, assault and battery, and false imprisonment, constitute criminal offences under the. Assault: a threat of violence or injury to a person. Battery: the unlawful touching or striking of another person. The damages that courts may award in assault and battery cases are designed to compensate the plaintiffs for the injuries suffered. But in many cases, particularly when the attack of the plaintiff is vicious and unprovoked, the court may award punitive or exemplary damages as well.

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