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Zittrain Torts Playlist Spring 2013

Bright v. Ailshie

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Should defendants be excused from false imprisonment liability when they mistakenly exercise otherwise-legal restraint on the wrong individual? Plaintiff’s brother identified himself as the plaintiff when arrested and used his brother’s name when obtaining a bond. After his brother absconds on the bond, a facially valid warrant was issued in the plaintiff's name. A bounty hunter apprehended the plaintiff and took him to court.