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A number of torts require proof of the defendant’s intention.
o Invasion of privacy
o False imprisonment
o Trespass to land
o Interference with chattels
Intentional Torts: involve intentional, rather merely careless, conduct. Have to have
intention towards actions.
- The plaintiff does not have to prove that the defendant intended to either cause harm or
commit a tort.
ASSAULT AND BATTERY
Assault and battery are two different meanings
ASSAULT: occurs when the defendant intentionally causes the plaintiff to
reasonably believe that offensive bodily conduct is imminent.
o Not necessarily based on physical contact, based on reasonably belief that
physical contact will occur.
o Plaintiff must have believed that bodily contact was imminent
o Assault can occur even if plaintiff was not frightened
-Peoples merely ever sue for assault alone because it is not worth the trouble and
expenses of litigation.
- Claim for assault usually joined with a claim of battery.
- Battery: consists of offensive bodily contact.
- Understanding the tort of battery is especially important for business that control
crowds or rowdy customers.( bouncers and security personals)
INVASION OF PRIVACY
- people are becoming more concerned with their privacy
- Many reasons why courts traditionally have been reluctant to recognize a tort of
invasion of privacy, they want to support freedom of expression and freedom of
- Privacy is indirectly protected by several torts.
o Trespass of land
o Breach of confidence
o Abuse of private information
o Misappropriation of personality o Negligence
- False imprisonment: occurs when a person is confined within a fixe