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, Among Other Remedies That May Be Available.
Understanding Wrongdoings Constituting As Tortious Conduct
Tort law is the area of law that applies to almost everything and anything within our society such as driving motor vehicles, flying airplanes, piloting ships, building family homes or office skyscrapers, maintaining parking lots, serving hot coffee, performing heart surgery, disciplining young children, or even selling cookies door-to-door.
Tort law addresses legal claims for compensation due to the consequences of someone blameworthy for a minor injury, a business loss, a harmed reputation, or even a major catastrophe. Accordingly, everyone within society is governed and affected by aspects of tort law.
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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Various Tort Issues:
Movers, meaning a moving company in the business of transporting the goods of others, are known as bailees for hire. As bailees, special liability risks...Learn More
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
Bullying comes in a variety of forms. Bullying can lead to depression, loss of esteem, and even to suicide, among victims. Accordingly, bullying involves very...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
Can a Person Be Liable to Themselves? Contributory Negligence Is the Legal Principle That More Than One Person May Be Liable to An Injured or Harmed Person...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
If a Person Lies While Making a Deal Can the Naive Person Be Blamed For Believing the Lie? The Tort of Deceit Occurs When a Person Knowingly or Recklessly...Learn More
For a Motion to Dismiss, per section 137.1 of the Courts of Justice Act, commonly known as a SLAPP motion, the Small Claims Court lacks jurisdiction.Learn More
Helpful Guide to Understanding the Law of Defamation Including Libel and Slander Defamation involves untruths that, when told and spread, may injure a...Learn More
The law that governs dog attacks is the Dog Owners Liability Act which is a strict liability statute that alters the rule of law such that a dog owner 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
An owner or person with care and control of an animal may be found liable for injuries caused by the animal. The law regarding injuries by animals differs for...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
Can a Person Be Sued For Purposely Causing Emotional Injuries to a Victim? The Tort of Intentional Infliction of Mental Distress Is the Law That Enables a...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 Threatening a Business to Refrain From Competing Within a Specific Area? When a Person Is Threatened With a Risk of Injury That Warns...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
The tort of malicious prosecution may arise when an accusations were maliciously alleged or maliciously pursued without a proper legal justification for doing...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
Negligent misrepresentation involves the accidental passing of inaccurate information, in an unreasonable manner, to a person whom the speaker ought to know...Learn More
Professional consultants and advisors, such as lawyers, doctors, accountants, among many others, are imperfect just the same as everybody; however, when a...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
The tort of nuisance is a flexible concept in law and may be applied to situations where a neighbour interferes in the reasonable enjoyment of property due to...Learn More
What Types of Legal Damages Might Be Awarded For the Tort of Nuisance? Compensation of Various Types May Be Awarded In a Tortious Nuisance Case. Actual or...Learn More
What Affects Does the Occupier Liability Law Changes Have Upon Injury Victims, Property Owners, Tenants, Contractors, Etc.? The Requirement of Notice of a...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
Slander of title of property occurs when statements or documents, including documents usual to a legal process, such as liens or encumberances, are improperly...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