October 05, 2009. See Garratt v. Dailey, 46 Wash.2d 19, 279 P.2d 1091 (1955). I suppose you could point to other battery / intent cases as well, but this was the first case I read in law school, so it gets to be the inspiration for the first strip. The case is interesting because it shows that (1) the relevant intent is that of offensive contact (or "touching" as Professor Levy puts it) and (2) you can sue a 5-year-old kid. Why sue a 5-year-old kid? Because he has money. Clearly.