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Reynolds v. MacFarlane
Utah Court of Appeals
322 P.3d 755 (2014)
John Reynolds (plaintiff) was in the break room at work holding a $10 bill loosely in his hand. Bret MacFarlane (defendant) walked in, approached Reynolds from behind, and snatched the $10 bill without touching Reynolds. Reynolds responded by striking MacFarlane and was suspended from work for a day. Reynolds was treated for anxiety, which he claimed resulted from work difficulties. Almost a year later, Reynolds filed a complaint against MacFarlane for assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress was dismissed at trial, but Reynolds was permitted to add a claim for battery. The court found that Reynolds did not prove that MacFarlane had committed an assault and battery against him and dismissed the case. Reynolds appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Bench, J.)
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