Tort and Strict Liability

Define each of the following terms
1.    assault
2.    intentional tort
3.    proximate cause
4.    battery
5.    negligence
6.    strict liability
7.    defamation
8.    tort
You are the Judge. For each of the following cases, answer ‘yes or no’ and in your own words, state the legal principle or legal reason that applies to the case.

1.    Jane pointed a gun at Mary and said to her, “I hate you and I’m going to shoot you!”  Jane claims that she did not commit a tort because she didn’t shoot Mary.  Is she correct? Yes or No
Legal Principle:_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2.    Larry wanted to remove some tree stumps on his property.  He was careful in setting the explosive charges.  Nevertheless, some of the debris from the explosive damaged Mike’s car.  Will Larry have to reimburse Mike?
Yes or No
Legal Principle:_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Answer the following questions.

1.    Identify the two ways in which torts can be classified and explain each.
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2.    What is the difference between assault and battery?
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3.    Explain how a person can commit a breach of duty to another person in a negligence action.
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Fill in the blanks
1.    A suit for negligence must prove four elements: duty of care, breach of duty, proximate cause, and ______________________________
2.    An injured person can sue a product manufacturer or seller for _____________________________.
3.    Under the _______________________________ doctrine, damages are apportioned according to fault.
4.    All parties in the __________________________________ of a defective product are strictly liable for the injuries caused by that product.
5.    A _______________________ occurs when a product is designed incorrectly.