‘What Ever Happened to Dignity?’

Kenneth S Abraham and G Edward White, The Puzzle of the Dignitary Torts, 104 Cornell Law Review (forthcoming 2018), available at SSRN. In ‘The Puzzle of the Dignitary Torts’, Ken Abraham and G Edward White return our attention to a domain of tort law they rightly describe as neglected, namely, the ‘dignitary torts’. In our time, the term is casebook catchall for an arguably heterogeneous collection of intentional wrongs – ‘offensive’ battery, defamation, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress (IIED) and the four privacy torts (intrusion upon seclusion, public disclosure of private facts, false light, and commercial appropriation). The term is a taxonomic category, and little more. It was not always so … (more)

[Gregory Keating, JOTWELL, 12 October]

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