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Defenses to Intentional Torts

Defenses to Intentional Torts

Examine the most important affirmative defenses to intentional torts: self-defense and necessity.


Defenses to Intentional Torts 

So, let's say you're a defendant faced with a strong prima facie case against you for an intentional tort. What do you do?

Don't worry. All may not be lost. Even if your conduct meets each element of one or more intentional torts, you still have the chance to prove the elements of one or more affirmative defenses. If you can make your case for an affirmative defense, then you can escape liability.

The two main affirmative defenses we'll be talking about...