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6.3: Intentional Torts

Goals

  • Learn more about intentional torts
  • Improve legal English vocabulary related to intentional torts

Instructions

  1. Read about types of torts
  2. Read about intentional torts. Click the words with hyperlinks for more context and vocabulary.
  3. Complete the Mark the Words Exercise
  4. Complete the Drag the Words Exercise

1. Types of Torts

In the United States torts are commonly grouped into three major categories: intentional torts, the unintentional tort of negligence, and strict liability torts.

Below you will learn about intentional torts.

2. Intentional Torts

When a person deliberately engages in an action that injures another person or another person’s property, we say that he has committed an intentional tort.  A defendant may also be liable for an intentional tort when they act recklessly. Recklessness is where a defendant intentionally ignores the likely consequences of his actions. 

Intentional torts may also constitute crimes, therefore, a person who commits an intentional tort in the United States might be subject to both a civil lawsuit and criminal prosecution.

Intentional torts include battery, assault, false imprisonment, trespass (such as trespass on land), conversion, tortious interference with contract, fraud, and intentional infliction of emotional distress

3. Mark the Words

In this exercise you will need to mark the correct words in excerpts from two different cases.

4. Drag the Words

In this exercise you will need to drag the words into the correct boxes.