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Torts Day in Court Criminal Law Our Courts Famous Cases and Their Holdings
100
What are intentional torts
These torts require either a purpose to cause the harm or knowledge to a sufficient certainty that the harm will occur
100
What is Statute of Limitation
This limits how long you can sue on a claim
100
What is Mens rea
The required mental state for a criminal statute
100
What is Court of Appeals
In New York, the highest court is called this
100
What is Chevron USA Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council
When a statute is ambiguous, courts should defer to an agency’s interpretation of it
200
What is Trespass to chattels
If I took an object belonging to someone and used it without permission, I likely committed this tort
200
What is Immunity
I can’t sue many government bodies or officials because of this doctrine
200
What is Double jeopardy
You can’t be tried twice for the same crime
200
What is Ninth Circuit
This appellate circuit is the largest
200
What is Lawrence v. Texas
Laws forbidding two people of the same gender from having sex are unconstitutional
300
What is Causation
Negligence requires (a) duty, (b) breach of duty, (c) damages, and this other element.
300
What is Demurrer
In California, if you don’t think the complaint states a cause of action, you file this
300
What is Prosecutorial discretion
The prosecutor’s right to decide whether and what to charge
300
What is Santa Clara County Superior Court
The state court covering Mountain View, California
300
What is Plessy v. Ferguson
Separate but equal
400
What is Eggshell plaintiff
This plaintiff is already very fragile.
400
What is Remittitur
If a jury award is too high, a judge may offer this to the plaintiff -- a lower award or new trial
400
What is Plea bargain
When a criminal defendant admits guilt, usually in exchange for a lower sentence
400
What is Federal Circuit
This is where appeals from Court of Federal Claims and patent cases go
400
What is New York Times v. Sullivan
To be found liable for defaming a public figure, one must act with actual malice
500
What is Assault
But I just made him think I was going to throw the chair at him
500
What is Writ of Certiorari
The Supreme Court took my appeal at its discretion, it must have granted this.
500
What is Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
RICO
500
What is Southern District of New York
The “mother court”
500
What is Miranda v. Arizona
You have the right to remain silent




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