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Exercise 5

This exercise is about assault.

Steve is walking down a crowded street and accidentally bumps into Joe. Steve mumbles an apology and starts to walk by, but Joe yells at him, "Get back here so I can punch you for shoving me." Joe never touches Steve, however.

Can Steve recover damages from Joe for assault?

A. No, because Steve wasn’t actually hit.
Incorrect. Please try again.
B. No, because Steve bumped into Joe first.
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C. Yes, because Joe threatened Steve with an immediate assault.
Correct. Although perhaps Steve should have been more careful in walking, Joe had no right to threaten him with a blow. Steve can recover some damages for his fear of being hit.