prima facie tort – an unjustified, intentional infliction of harm on another, resulting in damages, by an act(s) that would otherwise be lawful

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prima facie tort:
(1938)

1. An unjustified, intentional infliction of harm on another person, resulting in damages, by one or more acts that would otherwise be lawful.  *  Some jurisdictions have established this tort to provide a remedy for malicious deeds — especially in business and trade contexts – that are not actionable under traditional tort law. [1]

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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

 

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