Law_ Chapters 20 & 21 Vocab.pdf - Intro to American Jurisprudence Textbook Chapters 20 21 Vocab Negligence Strict Liability Duty defendant owes a

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Intro to American Jurisprudence March 27 2018 Textbook Chapters 20 & 21- Vocab Negligence & Strict Liability Duty: defendant owes a duty of care to the plaintiff Breach: the defendant’s conduct violated that duty Cause in fact: one of the elements a plaintiff must prove in order to establish causation in a negligence suit. It means that if the harm would not have occurred without the wrongful act, the act is the cause in fact. Proximate cause: a reasonable belief, known personally or through reliable sources that a specific person has committed a crime. Damages: the plaintiff suffered actual injuries or losses Contributory negligence: a legal defense in which it is determined that the plaintiff and defendant share the fault for a negligence tort. Of proven the plaintiff cannot recover damages.
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Unformatted text preview: Comparative negligence: in a tort suit, a finding that the plaintiff was partly at fault and therefore, does not deserve full compensation for his or her injuries. Counterclaim: a claim made by a defendant against the plaintiff in a civil lawsuit. Assumption of risk: a legal defense to a negligence tort, whereby the plaintiff is considered to have voluntarily accepted a known risk of danger. Strict liability: the legal responsibility for damage or injury even if you are not negligent Product liability: the legal responsibility of manufacturers and sellers for injuries caused by defective products they produce or sell. Toxic torts: a lawsuit against a manufacturer of a toxic substance for harm caused by the manufacture or disposal of the substance....
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