tor·​tious | \ ˈtȯr-shəs How to pronounce tortious (audio) \

Definition of tortious

: implying or involving tort tortious acts

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Other Words from tortious

tortiously adverb

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Mignogna’s lawsuit, filed April 18 in Tarrant County, alleges defamation, tortious interference and other charges against Rial, Toye, Marchi and Funimation. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "Anime gets its #MeToo moment in clash between Dallas-area voice actors," 3 Aug. 2019 This interoperability defence would have to shield digital toolsmiths from all manner of claims: tortious interference, bypassing copyright locks, patent infringement and, of course, violating terms of service. The Economist, "Regulating Big Tech makes them stronger, so they need competition instead," 6 June 2019 Two other agents, Gregory Cavic and Gregory McKnight, were not under contract with CAA and have been in open court defending CAA's tortious interference claim. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "CAA, UTA Headed to Second Arbitration Over "Lawless Midnight Raid"," 11 July 2018 The team could have also asserted that Colangelo engaged in tortious inference with contract relations through the confidential disclosures to Bottini. Michael Mccann,, "Could Bryan Colangelo Still Face Legal Consequences After Parting Ways With 76ers?," 7 June 2018 The university could also insist that, as a substantive matter, there was no defamation, false light or tortious interference. Michael Mccann,, "Breaking Down Kevin Ollie's Case Against UConn and the University's Likely Defenses," 29 June 2018 Ollie’s attorneys might also explore the possibility of a tortious interference with contract claim. Michael Mccann,, "Breaking Down Kevin Ollie's Case Against UConn and the University's Likely Defenses," 29 June 2018 His 10-count complaint, filed Jan. 16, alleges intentional trespass, tortious interference, civil conspiracy and willful violation of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, "Blighted property allegedly seized by Harvey had been part of FBI probe of mayoral consultant, records show," 4 May 2018 Filed in Nebraska federal court, the suit alleges intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy, tortious interference with a business relationship or expectancy, and civil conspiracy. Michael Mcknight,, "Inside the Dark World of Trolling," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of tortious

1544, in the meaning defined above

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tor·​tious | \ ˈtȯr-shəs How to pronounce tortious (audio) \

Legal Definition of tortious

: constituting a tort : recognized as a tort a tortious act tortious interference with contract

Other Words from tortious

tortiously adverb

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