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Assault and battery are broad torts: they can be used to cover many different situations, perhaps including ones in which barriers or the threat of force are used to force someone to go where he or she doesn’t want to go, or to keep a person in one place without assent. Yet tort law has evolved a more specific tort to cover that particular set of situations: false imprisonment.
What, if anything, does false imprisonment accomplish as a category that assault and battery cannot? What plausible situations could arise that would test a colloquial notion of what counts as false imprisonment, and how can we best sort those out? Are there “good” imprisonments that can come up in everyday life that should be excused from the tort’s reach?EDIT PLAYLIST INFORMATION DELETE PLAYLIST
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|1.1||Show/Hide More||Lopez v. Winchell's Donut House--"The Accused Employee Who Freely Left"|
|1.2||Show/Hide More||Parvi v. City of Kingston--"The Dropped Off Drunk"|
|2.1||Show/Hide More||Shen v. Leo A. Daly Co.--"The Confined-to-Taiwan Case"|
|2.2||Show/Hide More||Peterson v. Sorlien -- "The Unsuccessfully Deprogrammed Daughter"|
|3||Show/Hide More||III.C. "Good" Imprisonments - Exceptions to False Imprisonment Liability|
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