Legal Cause


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Legal Cause

In the law of torts, conduct that is a substantial factor in bringing about harm, which is synonymous with proximate cause.

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If, however, the greater weight of the evidence shows that both (claimant) and [(defendant)] [one or more of the defendants] [and] [(identify additional person(s) or entit(y)(ies))] were [negligent] [at fault] and that the [negligence] [fault] of each contributed as a legal cause of [loss] [injury] [or] [damage] sustained by (claimant), you should decide and write on the verdict form [begin strikethrough]the total amount of the damages and what percentage of the total damages is chargeable to each party[end strikethrough] what percentage of the total [negligence] [fault] of [both] [all] parties to this action was caused by each of them.
The issue for you to decide [on (claimant's) claim] is whether such negligence was a legal cause of [loss] [injury] [or] [damage] to (claimant or person on whose behalf the claim is made).
whether (the product) was not reasonably fit for the specific purpose for which (defendant) knowingly sold the product and for which (claimant) bought the product in reliance on the judgment of (defendant) and, if so, whether that failure was a legal cause of the [loss] [injury] [or] [damage] to (claimant, decedent, or person for whose injury claim is made).
If, however, the greater weight of the evidence shows that (claimant) and [(defendant)] [one or more of (defendants)] and (identify additional person(s) or entit(y)(ies)) were negligent and that the negligence of each contributed as a legal cause of [loss] [injury] [or] [damage] sustained by (claimant), you should determine and write on the verdict form what percentage of the total negligence of [both] [all] parties to this action and (identify additional person(s) or entit(y)(ies)) is chargeable to each of them.
Finally, all of the standard instructions, such as greater weight and legal cause, were made uniform across all substantive instructions, eliminating a deficiency inherent in the format of the old instructions.
The San Mateo County Superior Court granted the hospital's motion for summary judgment on the grounds that the care and treatment rendered to plaintiff's decedent by the nursing employees and personnel of the hospital was appropriate and within the applicable standard of care and was not the legal cause of the plaintiff's alleged damages.
The plan, which faces a second and final vote next week, would require large supermarkets acquiring other stores to keep workers who have been employed for at least six months for a transition period of 90 days unless there is sufficient legal cause for them to be fired.
District Court for the District of New Mexico alleging that Cibola County failed to meet its legal responsibilities to ensure that all timely, valid voter registration applications are processed and entered into the computerized statewide voter registration list, that voters' names are not removed from the list without legal cause, and that provisional ballots are offered to eligible voters whose names are not on the list.
The father was forbidden to uproot his son without legal cause determined by customary law.
re-examines legal cause celebres from down the ages.
whether (defendant) [negligently failed to maintain the his premises in a reasonably safe condition], [or] [negligently failed to correct a dangerous condition about which (defendant) either knew or should have known, by the use of reasonable care,] [or] * [negligently failed to warn (claimant) of a dangerous condition about which (defendant) had, or should have had, knowledge greater than that of (claimant)]; and, if so, whether such negligence was a legal cause of [loss] [injury] [or] [damage] to (claimant, decedent or person for whose injury claim is made).
That may be wise counsel for many scenarios but if it is your employer who is asking you to talk, your refusal to answer might also be legal cause for discipline.