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A wrongdoer; an individual who commits a wrongful act that injures another and for which the law provides a legal right to seek relief; a defendant in a civil tort action.


Tort Law.


n. a person who commits a tort (civil wrong), either intentionally or through negligence. (See: tort)


one who commits a TORT.

TORTFEASOR. A wrong-doer, one who does wrong; one who commits a trespass or is guilty of a tort.

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244) Under section 433B, each joint tortfeasor bears the
Under Virginia law, an injured party possesses no right to recover tort damages from the tortfeasor's insurer until reducing his claim to a judgment against the tortfeasor, the court said.
Where multiple tortfeasors are involved in an accident in which an underinsured-motorist policyholder is injured, the policyholder must be placed in the same position as if each tortfeasor carried the same amount of insurance as the policyholder.
insurer, the other, a suit in tort against the tortfeasor, was no longer
The Supreme Court ultimately found in Clements that, while the trial judge should not have applied the material contribution to risk test to find causation in that single tortfeasor case, he erred in his application of the "but for" test.
A plaintiff can recover damages for the reasonable value of medical services from the tortfeasor, even if that injured party, the plaintiff, has already received complete compensation for her medical services from a third party.
First, this Part will consider liability rules that are basically applicable in the case of technological disasters when there is an identifiable tortfeasor (III).
In practice, the intermediate version is better for the tortfeasor than the ex post version applied in a random manner.
2) A sued joint tortfeasor may implead others or may later commence a contribution action against those not joined, as prescribed in the first Contribution among Joint Tortfeasors Act.
Questions of control arise because the tort victim's rights are the vehicle by which the insurer will get paid by the tortfeasor.
At common law if one released one of several joint tortfeasors, all were released irrespective of the intent of the parties to the release.