Of course, all of this leads up to our word for the month of March 2013 which is INTENT. According to Black's Law Dictionary, intent is the state of mind accompanying an act; intent is the mental resolution or determination to do an act. In the case of my three-year-old, I seriously doubt she intended to do wrong when she spilled the milk; it just happened. But some acts are out and out intentional.
The reason I mention any of this is because Battery is an intentional act and carries come hefty damages if proven. So, theyoung lady's question was, does the act of pulling out a chair equate to an intentional act? To help her answer it, I directed her over to California Jurispridence (West) and suggested she look under Battery. I also suggested she take a look at California Forms of Pleading and Practice (Lexis) as well as California Civil Practice: Torts (West), California Affirmative Defenses (West), and the Judicial Council of California Civil Jury Instructions (Lexis) to look at how she might defend against this potentially expensive lawsuit. Sad to say, this young lady was looking at an uphill battle and while I suspect a simple "I'm sorry" might not have immediately fixed the problem, it might have gone a long way to assuage the angst of party boy's parents.
So, whether you're looking at suing or being sued, know that your local county law library is open and waiting to help you in your hour of need.