Tort is a funny sounding word derived from the Latin word 'tortum' and is loosely meaning wrong or wrongful. In law, tort falls into the area of civil law other than breach of contract or breach of fiduciary duty, involving rights of action (the right to sue) for a remedy such as compensation for harm caused by the tort. The first known use of the word tort within a legal proceeding was in 1597, when Galileo was still alive, as within the case of Boulton v. Hardy, (1597), 77 E.R. 216.
Within the area of tort law are common matters involving negligence such as failure to keep walkways safe resulting in a 'slip & fall'. Other 'torts' include intentionally wrongful conduct such as deceit, harassment, defamation involving libel or slander, conspiracy, and interference in contractual or economic relationships.
See below for more information about some of the more common torts:
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Whereas the tort of defamation requires the uttering of a false statement in the damaging to the reputation of a person, sometimes truthful, but partial,...Learn More
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Collateral Purpose and Ulterior Motivated Legal processes are sometimes illicitly used for a purpose other than which the proceeding was designed and intended...Learn More
All negligence matters fall within the broad area of law known as tort law. Negligence matters are among the most common torts that give rise to...Learn More
The law of 'nuisance' is often classed as falling within the field of tort law; however, some legal academics view nuisance as independent of tort law. ...Learn More