What Is a Tort?
Tort Law Is the Area of Law That Addresses Civil Litigation Rights Related to Wrongdoing and Involves Various Forms of Negligent, Intentional, or Reckless, Behaviour From Which Persons Harmed May Sue For Compensation, As Well As Other Potentially Available Remedies.
Understanding Wrongdoings Constituting As Tortious Conduct
Most people will have a vague understanding of various tort law issues despite lacking knowledge of the actual definition of tort law. The word tort, while funny sounding, is actually a word derived from the Latin word tortum which, loosely translated, means wrongdoing. In the realm of law, tort is a civil law matter other than breach of contract, or breach of fiduciary duty, and involves the right to sue for compensation, among other things.
It is generally believed that the first use of the word tort within a legal proceeding was within the case of Boulston v. Hardy, (1597), 77 E.R. 216, during the time when Galileo was still alive.
Examples, types of cases
Within the area of tort law are commonly recognized legal matters such as the issue of negligence for failure to keep walkways safe resulting in slip and fall injuries to pedestrians; however, tort law also involves many other legal issues that may occur negligently, intentionally or recklessly, and some even innocently, including the wrongful conduct of such as deceit, conspiracy, interference in contractual relations or economic relations, some of which may be unfamiliar without diligent review to even very experienced legal professionals.
“... I include myself among those who had never heard of the tort of barratry ...”
~ C.A. Osborne A.C.J.O.
McIntyre Estate v. Ontario, 2001 CanLII 7972 (ON CA)
As above, even a highly experienced and knowledgeable Court of Appeal judge can be unfamiliar with all aspects of tort law; and accordingly, with dozens of legally recognized torts applicable to various forms of wrongdoing, it is necessary to carefully review the relevant law prior to bringing litigation as a Plaintiff or prior to preparing a defence strategy as a Defendant.
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The tort of barratry involves the misuse of legal process whereas a person without standing in legal proceedings gets involved merely for the purpose of...Learn More
Breach of confidence involves the wrongful use of information that was openly shared with the party that subsequently misuses the secret information.Learn More
In Ontario, the right to sue for breach of privacy exists. The right to privacy exists in a variety of protected respects. The tort of breach of privacy...Learn More
The torts of maintenance and champerty both involve improper involvement in the lawsuit or legal rights of another person including nefariously encouraging...Learn More
There are two types of conspiracy that may lead to civil proceedings. Both types involve two or more people agreeing, by word or conduct, to cause harm.Learn More
The tort of conversion involves improper interference with the rights of ownership or rights of possession of an object, whether a tangible or intangible...Learn More
Does the Law Require People to Check the Truth of What Is Said When Making a Deal? The Tort of Deceit Occurs When a Person Knowingly or Recklessly Makes...Learn More
A defamation of character case requires careful review to ensure the best likelihood of success as well as reward whereas what constitutes as defamation is,...Learn More
False imprisonment involves the improper detaining of a person, either with or without force, and without a lawful justification.Learn More
The tort of false light is similar to defamation; however, the tort of false light falls within the breach of privacy family of torts.Learn More
Misusing the name, brand, logo, trademark, images, among other things, belonging to others may be a form of tortious infringement that is actionable under a...Learn More
Injurious falsehood involves harmful and untruthful statements about a business or property of a person unlike defamation which involves untruthful statements...Learn More
Is There A Law That Enables a Victim to Sue a Person For Intentionally Causing Emotional Injury? The Tort of Intentional Infliction of Mental Distress Is...Learn More
The torts of intentional interference in contractual relations and intentional interference in economic relations are viewed as business torts involving poor...Learn More
Is There a Law Against Intimidating a Business From Submitting a Bid? When a Person Is Threatened With a Risk of Injury That Warns to Do Something, or Avoid...Learn More
The tort of breach of privacy involves four distinct sub-torts including what is known as intrusion upon seclusion which can involve various forms of improper...Learn More
Public officials may sometimes misuse a position of power to settle a political score, unjustly compel and control the behaviour of others, among other things.Learn More
The use of a legal proceeding for a purpose other than the intended purpose of the legal proceeding is a misuse and tortious even if the misused process holds...Learn More
Negligence matters are among the most common torts that give rise to litigation claims (lawsuits) and often involve injury to persons or damage to property...Learn More
The tort of passing off involves the intentional or unintentional infringement upon the name, style, colour, brand, or other identifying means of another...Learn More
Civil liability for the publishing of intimate images or videos without consent is an evolving aspect of tort law.Learn More
The tort of detinue is related to the tort of conversion and involves the failure to return an object to the person whom is the rightful owner or having proper...Learn More
The tort of nuisance is a very flexible legal concept and may be applied to situations where a neighbour interferes in the reasonable enjoyment of property for...Learn More
Is the Tort of Trespass to Chattels the Same As the Tort of Conversion? With the Tort of Trespass to Chattels the Interference or Damage to the Chattel...Learn More
Trespassing upon property is commonly understood as a unlawful act in respect of the criminal law, such as in the context of a 'break and enter'; however,...Learn More