Supreme Court of Virginia
210 S.E.2d 145 (1974)
Eldridge (defendant) was employed by an attorney for Seifert, a man charged with sexually molesting two boys. Eldridge, pretending to be a reporter writing an unrelated article, convinced Womack (plaintiff) to allow Eldridge to take his picture. Eldridge gave Womack’s photo to Seifert’s attorney, who showed it to the two boys involved in Seifert’s case. The two boys told Seifert’s attorney that the man in the picture, who did not resemble Seifert, was not the man who had molested them. In response to questions about the photo from the state’s attorney, Eldridge testified at a preliminary hearing, giving Womack’s name and address. At the request of the state’s attorney, Womack was brought into court to testify about having provided his picture. Womack testified that had not molested the children and that he did not know anything about the charges against Seifert. Subsequently, police officers questioned Womack several times, he was summoned to appear as a witness at the grand jury, and was summoned to appear several times at Siefert’s various trial dates. Womack sued Eldridge, claiming that he suffered emotional distress as a result of Eldridge’s willful, malicious, and deceitful conduct. The jury returned a verdict in favor of Womack. The trial court set aside the verdict, finding that Womack could not recover for emotional distress absent physical injury. Womack appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (I’Anson, C.J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 220,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,100 briefs, keyed to 189 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.