An act or omission without which an event would not

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an act or omission without which an event would not have occurred proximate cause Legal cause; exists when the connection between an act and an injury is strong enough to justify imposing liability. assumption of risk A doctrine which a plaintiff may not recover for injuries or damages suffered from risks he or she knew of and voluntarily assumed Contributory Negligence A rule in tort law that completely bars the plaintiff from recovering any damages if the damage suffered is partly the plaintiffs own fault; used in a minority of states comparative negligence A rule in tort law that reduces the plaintiffs recovery in proportion to the plaintiffs degree or fault, rather than barring recovery completely; used in majority of states res ipsa loquitur
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A doctrine under which negligence may be inferred simply because an event occurred, if it is the type of event that would not occur in the absence of negligence. "facts speak for themselves" Negligence Per Se An action or failure to act in violation of a statutory requirement. "in or of itself" Good Samaritan statue A state statute stipulating that persons who provide emergency services to, or rescue, someone in peril cannot be sued for negligence, unless they act recklessly, thereby causing further harm. dram shop act A state statute that imposes liability on the owners of bars and taverns, as well as those who serve alcoholic drinks to the public, for injuries resulting from accidents caused by intoxicated persons when the sellers or servers of alcoholic drinks contributed to the intoxication.
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  • Fall '07
  • Turner
  • Tort Law, damages monetary damages, tort wrongful interferences, cyberspace intentional tort

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