Wilful and Malicious Injury – an injury to a person or property inflicted intentionally and deliberately, without cause and with no regard for the legal rights of the injured party; often associated with bankruptcy

willful and malicious injury:
(1808)

1. Bankruptcy. Under the statutory exception to discharge, damage to another entity (such as a creditor) caused by a debtor intentionally performing a wrongful act — without just cause or excuse — that the debtor knew was certain or substantially certain to cause injury. 11 USCA § 523(a)(6). [1]

1. An injury to property inflicted intentionally and in disregard of duty.  Re Dixon (DC NY) 21 F2d 565.
Within the meaning of the exception of certain liabilities from discharge in bankruptcy: injury to person or party inflicted intentionally and deliberately without cause or excuse and with no regard for the legal rights of the injured one.  An injury inflicted by an act against good morals and wrongful in itself, committed with indifference to the safety of the injured person, and without just cause or excuse.  Anno: 13 ALR2d 170; 9 Am J2d Bankr § 786.

     A misappropriation of partnership funds by a former partner to his own use after dissolution of the partnership is a “wilful and malicious injury” to the property of another within the provision the Bankruptcy Act excepting such a dent from a discharge in bankruptcy.  Fooshe v Sunshine, 96 Cal App 2d 336, 215 P2d 66, 16 ALR2d 1142. [2]

1. An injury to a person or property inflicted intentionally and deliberately, without cause and with no regard for the legal rights of the injured party. [3]

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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4

[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931

[3]:  Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition by Jack Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.

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