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Emotional Distress Laws

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Intentional infliction of emotional distress (IIED) is also referred to as a tort of outrage. Outrageous conduct is a vital element that must be demonstrated for an IIED claim to be successful.

The case I generally refer to when speaking of intentional infliction of emotional distress claims is Armstrong v. H&C Communications, Inc., 575 So. 2d 777 (Fla. 1985). This case perhaps illustrates better than any other what “outrageous” conduct is.


To summarize the case, the remains of an abducted child were discovered. The skull of the young child was filmed by a reporter and broadcast on a TV news station, where the distraught family of the child saw it. The family sued.

Florida’s Supreme Court said that it had “no difficulty in concluding that reasonable persons in the community could find that the alleged conduct of Channel 2 was outrageous in character and exceeded the bounds of decency so as to be intolerable in a civilized community. An average member of the community might well exclaim ‘Outrageous!’”

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