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The latest issue of The Tort Law Review (Volume 23 Part 3) contains the following material:
Wilkinson v Downton: New work for an old tort to do? â€“ Professor Anthony Gray
The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom recently reconfirmed in Rhodes v OPO  UKSC 32 the continued existence and viability of a claim for intentionally caused emotional injury, recognised in the classic case of Wilkinson v Downton. Previously, the continued existence of the principle had been doubted in that jurisdiction, as is currently the case in Australia. This article considers the recent UK decision in light of previous cases in that jurisdiction, considers the current position in Australia and North America, some parameter issues, and possible future uses of this tort.
In Coles v Hetherton  1 WLR 160;  EWCA Civ 1704, the English Court of Appeal held that the normal measure of damages for tortious damage to chattels is diminution in value and reasonable cost of repair is simply evidence for the measure. This article argues that the decision departs from the previous law, which was, according to the weight of the authorities, that the normal measure be reasonable cost of repair. This article also argues that reasonable cost of repair is the better measure because it is a more reliable and direct way of carrying out restitutio in integrum than diminution in value, and it does not lead to the problems as a result of using diminution in value as the normal measure of damages.
The tort of intimidation and breach of contract â€“ Nathan Tamblyn
The first part of this article argues that a tort of intimidation is needed to fill gaps left by other torts. This includes threats to do something lawful, which could sound in intimidation, when made out of malice, as an instance of abuse of rights. The second part of this article argues that a full role for the tort of intimidation produces no inconsistency or tension with contract law where what is threatened is breach of contract. Damages for breach of contract, and damages in tort for intimidation, are mutually exclusive alternatives. And while rescission for duress in contract law, and damages in the tort of intimidation, might be available on the same facts, they are alternative remedies which look in opposite directions.
In the landmark decision of ACB v Thomson Medical Pte Ltd  SGHC 9, the Singapore High Court recently rejected a claim for upkeep costs of a child who was conceived with the sperm of someone other than the intended father during an In-Vitro Fertilisation procedure, what the author terms a â€œwrongful fertilisationâ€ case. This article analyses the arguments and legal reasoning in the decision, with reference to case law in various jurisdictions on wrongful birth, wrongful conception and wrongful adoption.
For the PDFÂ version of the table of contents, click here: Tort L Rev Vol 23 No 3 Contents.