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Zittrain Torts Playlist Spring 2013

Alcorn v. Mitchell

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Should damages for battery encompass indignities as well as physical injuries? Should juries be able to assign extra damages for particularly malicious or bad-natured conduct? Defendant spat in plaintiff's face at the close of an earlier trial, in front of a large number of people. Plaintiff was awarded $1,000 ($17,980.86 in 2010 dollars). Defendant appeals the verdict as excessive.