A tort is sometimes called a civil wrong.  In the United States a tort is where a person harms someone else  – – by doing something other than breaching a contract – –  and the law allows the injured person to sue to recover for his damages.  Sometimes a wrongful act can be both a crime and a tort.  For example, if a person physically harms someone else he could be liable for committing a crime and might also be sued.

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