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.