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Zittrain Torts Playlist Spring 2013

Reina v. Metropolitan Dade County

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Plaintiff boarded defendant’s bus, operated by an employee (Koch) of the defendant. Because the plaintiff failed to pay the exact fare, Koch let the plaintiff off the bus in an inconvenient fashion. As the plaintiff departed the bus, he made an obscene gesture to Koch. At that point, Koch pulled the bus off to the side of the road, chased after the plaintiff, and beat him. This case explores the boundaries of an employer’s liability for their employee’s intentional torts.