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legal duty

n. the responsibility to others to act according to the law. Proving the duty (such as not to be negligent, to keep premises safe, or to drive within the speed limit) and then showing that the duty was breached are required elements of any lawsuit for damages due to negligence or intentional injuries. (See: duty of care)

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Hereafter the involved competent person has a legal duty to make the results available to the surrogate mother.
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A: Board members have a legal duty to act with care and loyalty to the association.
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