A tort. An intention act by a defendant causing the serious and substantial interference with or the destruction of the chattel of the defendant.
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
The civil wrong (tort) of wrongfully using another's personal property as if it were one's own, holding onto another's property that accidentally comes into one's hands, or purposely giving the impression that the assets of another belong to oneself. The true owner has the right to sue for the property or the value and loss of use of it. The converter can be guilty of the crime of theft.
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:13 pm