Lex Loci Delictus Law and Legal Definition

Lex loci delictus means the law of the place where the plaintiff suffered the wrong. It is the place where last event constituting the wrong takes place. Courts follow the rule of lex loci delictus in determining which state's substantive law is applicable to actions sounding in tort. The public policy exception to lex loci delictus rule is where the law of the jurisdiction where the tort occurred is against good morals or natural justice, or for some other reason, its enforcement would be prejudicial to the general interests of our citizens. [ Trahan v. E.R. Squibb & Sons, Inc., 567 F. Supp. 505 (D. Tenn. 1983)].