Tort of deceit

The tort of deceit is a type of legal injury that occurs when a person intentionally and knowingly deceives another person into an action that damages them. Specifically, deceit requires that the tortfeasor

  • makes a factual representation,
  • knowing that it is false, or reckless or indifferent about its veracity,
  • intending that another person relies on it,
  • who then acts in reliance on it, to that person’s own detriment.

Deceit dates in its modern development from Pasley v. Freeman.[1] Here the defendant said that a third party was creditworthy to the claimant, knowing he was broke. The claimant loaned the third party money and lost it. He sued the defendant successfully.

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