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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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Walk towards Minsheng-Tayou intersection and turn right to enter Guanshan (Keelung River No.5) floodgate.
* The Floodgate Key Manager supports embedded Linux and a wide variety of RTOSes including Nucleus, UC/OS-III, ThreadX, VxWorks, and LynxOS
In total, the new lane will have 16 floodgates, eight on the Pacific Ocean side, and eight on the Atlantic side.
One EWEB official has said there are concerns about possible flooding if a major storm were to arrive, or the third floodgate were to fail before the repairs on the first floodgate are completed by mid-January.
The rush of waters from the floodgate will likely sink an area of 3,000 square miles, at a depth of 25 feet in some places.
A large floodgate project in Japan costs billions of yen, and the annual market is estimated at 60-70 billion yen.
The SMS is transmitted to Floodgate, which does a lookup in its database and routes the message to the supplier's "personalized and secure Web page".
In this climate, litigation in the long-term care arena surges on, especially in the "open floodgate" liability states of Florida, Texas, and California.
Flow in the creek is not regulated, but extensive areas of floodplain are drained using tidal floodgates. Several small drainage networks fitted with a l-way floodgate discharge on low tide into Sandy Creek.
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Odom's article didn't open a floodgate, however, and Write Me A Few Of Your Lines includes few other writings composed prior to World War II.