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floodgates

a term referring to the metaphor of the floodgates of litigation, the notion that there is potentially an ocean of potential litigants with potential claims who would, if the floodgates were opened, engulf the courts and inundate the courts of justice. It is often referred to by citing a dictum of Cardozo, as a fear of creating ‘liability in an indeterminate amount for an indeterminate time to an indeterminate class’. See ECONOMIC LOSS, NERVOUS SHOCK.
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More than 400 people are planning to sue over concerns about asbestos poisoning amid claims it could open the floodgates.
COLCHESTER scorer Joe Keith is certain the floodgates will soon open for the club's goal-shy strikers.
Tony Naylor opened the floodgates for Vale with a lovely chip, but Howard Forinton missed a golden chance to haul Posh level when he hit a post when it looked easier to score.
NOW that teacher Jan Howell has been awarded pounds 250,000 for stress, I wonder if it will open the floodgates for people like myself?
Summary: Bilaspur (Himachal Pradesh) [India], Aug 18 (ANI): The floodgates of the Bhakra dam will remain open for two more days to release excess water from the reservoir, the storage capacity of which is close to the danger mark.
This capital town began dredging its drains while Dagupan City drew up plans to install more floodgates during high tide in preparation for the monsoon rains.
Idukki: With heavy rains continuing in Idukki, the authorities in Kerala were forced to open the remaining two more floodgates of the nearly overflowing Idamalayar dam on Friday afternoon even as the death toll reached 27 in the state.
When we tithe 10 percent of our earnings, the Lord says he will "Open up the floodgates of Heaven and pour out a blessing until it overflows."
SAFE-STANDING campaigner Jon Darch insists Celtic have opened the floodgates for rail seating to be installed in stadiums across the UK.
A NATIONAL case where a woman could claim a cash payout 20 years after divorcing her husband is unlikely to open the floodgates to similar cases says a Huddersfield solicitor.
"The (Israeli) army opened the floodgates of a canal leading to Central Gaza, which led to the removal of sand mounds along the border with Israel," Gaza's CDD said in a statement, the Anadolu agency reported.