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bright line

a legal rule that makes it possible to say that a given argument or set of facts falls on one side or the other rather than leaving the decision to the facts and circumstances of the case.
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By classifying internet service providers as a utility provider, the FCC was given more control to enforce regulations on those carriers and prevent them from violating the bright line rules of net neutrality.
In light of the issues becoming national news, the group, known as the Bright Lines Project, also converted the regulatory proposal into legislative language.
Fingerhut responded: "There was a time in this country where the bright line was you could beat the living daylights out of someone to get them to confess.
The Transaction Cost Regulations generally define the bright line dale as the earlier of the elate that the parties enter into a letter of intent, exclusivity or similar arrangement, or the date that a taxpayer's board of directors authorizes (he material terms of the deal.
The majority of courts have interpreted this economic damage provision of OPA 90 to allow recovery for economic damages where the bright line rule once denied.
Thus, the court observed that a bright line rule measuring inpatient time was rational in separating those who qualify for the benefits sought and those, such as the plaintiffs, who failed to qualify for the benefits in question.
We also make the circumstances under which these taxes can be imposed on out of state companies explicit with a bright line standard.
Kalish sought would "erase the bright line between civil marriage and other forms of relationship that has heretofore been carefully preserved by the Legislature and our prior decisions, including Goodridge.
It is difficult to draw a bright line in this area.
I'm not sure if the Trojans blew up the scoreboard Saturday, but in the waning minutes of the game the thing was broken, a big bright line running through the vital numbers as if to say the specifics didn't matter anymore.
One of the problems with bright-line-type standards is that people learn how to get around the bright line.