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Noguchi v. Nakamura

Intermediate Court of Appeals
638 P.2d 1383 (1982)


Facts

Michele Noguchi (plaintiff) and Nakamura (defendant) were dating. Noguchi decided to break up with Nakamura. Nakamura asked her to go on another date with him, and Noguchi refused. Nakamura asked Noguchi to at least go to the store with him. Noguchi finally agreed to go to the store if Nakamura would bring her home immediately afterward. Nakamura agreed to this condition. Noguchi got into Nakamura’s car, they went to the store together, and Nakamura drove Noguchi home. Noguchi opened her door to get out of the car, and Nakamura sped away with Noguchi still in the car. Noguchi tumbled from the car and was injured. She sued Nakamura for false imprisonment and negligence. The trial court directed a verdict in regard to the claim for false imprisonment, entering a judgment in favor of Nakamura. The claim for negligence was allowed to go to the jury. The jury found that Nakamura had not negligently injured Noguchi. Noguchi appealed the trial court’s directed verdict on the claim of false imprisonment. On appeal, Nakamura argued that he could not be liable for false imprisonment because Noguchi voluntarily entered his car, and he made no threats against her to force her to stay in the car.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)

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