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McDonald v. Ford
Florida District Court of Appeal
223 So. 2d 553 (1969)
Marie McDonald (plaintiff) sued Mr. Ford (defendant) for personal injuries that McDonald received when she was a social guest in Ford’s home and Ford attempted to make love to her. McDonald alleged that her injuries were caused by Ford’s negligence when she tried to free herself and Ford grabbed her tightly and crushed her before she fell and injured her face and jaw. At the close of McDonald’s case, Ford moved for and was granted a directed verdict because McDonald’s claim, if valid, sounded in intentional tort, not negligence. McDonald appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Hobson, C.J.)
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