hornbook law


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hornbook law

n. lawyer lingo for a fundamental and well-accepted legal principle that does not require any further explanation, since a hornbook is a primer of basics.

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39) This may be hornbook law in tort(40) or criminal law,(41) but the real issue gets lost in this legalese, which is made no better by the heralded(42) Model Penal Code, which excludes from its causal reach only the "too remote or accidental.
It is hornbook law that an insurer's duty to defend is broader than its duty to indemnify, just as the duty to defend is determined by the allegations of a plaintiff's complaint, not by the court's notions of public policy or even its sense of revulsion regarding behavior by the policyholder or its agents.