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Torts

This course concerns the legal protection afforded in civil proceedings against interference by others with the security of one's person, property or intangible interests. It is not directly concerned with the law of property and contract, which form the subject of other courses, but it explores relationships with these bodies of law and examines the applications involving contract and property interests. Three fundamental theories of liability emerge: intentional interference, negligence, and strict liability. The influence of these theories and of underlying social and economic factors is studied in the context of recognized categories of tort liability, particularly assault, battery, interference with peace of mind, negligence, trespass, nuisance, product liability and no-fault auto plans. Some sections may also study fraud and other misrepresentations, defamation, and invasion of privacy. Through these illustrations, the course seeks to develop an understanding of the law's search for basic principles to govern the resolution of conflicts arising out of human relationships.

Last modified: August 26, 2010

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