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What is a tortfeasor?

To understand what a tortfeasor is, you first must know what a "tort" is. A tort is a civil wrong (as opposed to a criminal wrong: a crime). Common torts are negligence, battery, trespass, etc. These are instances where someone has wronged someone else, and the law must determine where the fault lies.

Thus a tortfeasor is the person (or entity) that commits the tort: the losing defendant in a tort suit.

Tortfeasor shirts are intended to be a joke for those in the legal profession. It's not generally a good thing to be labeled a tortfeasor, but better on a t-shirt than in a court's legal opinion. Think of these as parallel to Sub Pop's "Loser" shirts that were all the rage in the mid 90s.

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