Table of Contents
- About the Authors
- Introduction to Law and Legal Systems
- Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics
- Courts and the Legal Process
- Constitutional Law and US Commerce
- Administrative Law
- Criminal Law
- Introduction to Tort Law
- Products Liability
- Consumer Credit Transactions
- Secured Transactions and Suretyship
- Mortgages and Nonconsensual Liens
- Relationships between Principal and Agent
- Liability of Principal and Agent; Termination of Agency
- Employment Law
- Labor-Management Relations
- Partnerships: General Characteristics and Formation
- Partnership Operation and Termination
- Hybrid Business Forms
- Corporation: General Characteristics and Formation
- Legal Aspects of Corporate Finance
- Corporate Powers and Management
- Securities Regulation
- Corporate Expansion, State and Federal Regulation of Foreign Corporations, and Corporate Dissolution
- History and Basic Framework of Antitrust Laws in the United States
- Horizontal Restraints of Trade
- Vertical Restraints of Trade
- Price Discrimination: The Robinson-Patman Act
- Sherman Act, Section 2: Concentrations of Market Power
- Acquisitions and Mergers under Section 7 of the Clayton Act
- Summary and Exercises
- Unfair Trade Practices and the Federal Trade Commission
- The Nature and Regulation of Real Estate and the Environment
- Introduction to Property: Personal Property and Fixtures
- Intellectual Property
- The Transfer of Real Estate by Sale
- Landlord and Tenant Law
- International Law
The Legal Environment of Business, v. 1.0
by Don Mayer, Daniel M. Warner, George J. Siedel, and Jethro K. Lieberman
Chapter 7 Introduction to Tort Law
After reading this chapter, you should be able to do the following:
- Know why most legal systems have tort law.
- Identify the three kinds of torts.
- Show how tort law relates to criminal law and contract law.
- Understand negligent torts and defenses to claims of negligence.
- Understand strict liability torts and the reasons for them in the US legal system.
In civil litigation, contract and tort claims are by far the most numerous. The law attempts to adjust for harms done by awarding damages to a successful plaintiff who demonstrates that the defendant was the cause of the plaintiff’s losses. Torts can be intentional torts, negligent torts, or strict liability torts. Employers must be aware that in many circumstances, their employees may create liability in tort. This chapter explains the different kind of torts, as well as available defenses to tort claims.