What is an intentional tort?

An intentional tort occurs when someone deliberately takes some action (or fails to act) in a way that causes you harm.  Some of the more common kinds of intentional torts are:

                                                               i.      Assault (putting you in fear of an imminent attack)

                                                              ii.      Battery (touching you in an offensive matter)

                                                            iii.      Fraud

                                                            iv.      Conversion (stealing your property)

                                                              v.      False imprisonment (confining you against your will)

                                                            vi.      Libel and slander (defaming you or damaging your reputation) 

         Another kind of intentional tort occurs when someone causes you anguish through outrageous conduct.  This tort is known as the intentional infliction of emotional distress, and a person who engages in this kind of outrageous behavior can be liable for damages in a civil lawsuit.