Defenses to Intentional Torts to Avoid Liability


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Smitty and Bubba were out on the town and noticed a man harassing a lady for a kiss. When they approach him, he retreats. Not satisfied, Smitty pulls out a gun and shoots the stranger. Can Smitty use defense of others as a defense against this intentional tort?

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1. What is the legal definition of reasonable force?

2. Jim had a few too many drinks at the social mixer. A woman asked him to sit in her car so they could be alone. Jim accepted the offer with plans to just have a conversation, but the woman began groping him. Jim felt trapped so he went along with the acts. The next day, he alleged sexual assault. What defense might the defendant use to avoid liability?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet comb can help you quickly gauge your understanding of defense to intentional torts, as well as terms like reasonable force and defense of others.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet can help you access your knowledge of:

  • Reasonable force
  • Intentional torts
  • Examples of various defenses

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept on intentional torts
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained regarding reasonable force
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you can draw the most important information from the related legal lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more about defenses to intentional torts, review the corresponding lesson on Defenses to Intentional Torts to Avoid Liability. This lesson will help you:

  • Differentiate private and public necessity
  • Identify examples of reasonable force
  • Define self-defense
  • Learn when defense of property is appropriate
  • Explain consent