Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A common-law remedy for injury consequentially resulting to the person, property or reputation, from the commission of a tort, in cases where trespass will not lie. Same as “Trespass on the Case,” and “Case.” See 18 Johns. (N. Y.) 257, 9 Am. Dec. 210.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A species of personal action of very extensive application, otherwise called "trespass on the case," or simply "case," from the circumstance of the plaintiff's whole case or cause of complaint being set forth at length in the original writ by which formerly it was always commenced. 3 Bl. Comm. 122. Mobile L. Ins. Co. v. Randall, 74 Ala. 170; Cramer v. Fry (C. Ct) 68 Fed. 201; Sharp v. Curtiss, 15 Conn. 526; Wallace V. Wilmington & N. R. Co., 8 Houst (Del.) 529, 18 Atl. 818.