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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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However, it is important to stress that all businesses have a legal duty to ensure that their waste is transferred only to an authorised person or place, and they must obtain and keep written records which meet the requirements of their duty of care.
A spokesman for the authority said: "Up until the point at which it is collected by the council householders are under a legal duty of care to ensure their waste is securely contained and prevented from escaping or being attacked by gulls and other animals.
The local authority is, therefore, under a legal duty to regularly inspect the swing for any defects, and to repair any dangerous defects which such inspections uncover.
Do they not have a legal duty to help protect the children of that area?
On motions, the trial courts ruled against the developer, finding that the appraisers owed no legal duty to the developer/seller and therefore could not be sued for negligence by the developer.
What is the legal duty of the responsible healthcare practitioners with regards to informing the surrogate mother of the HIV status of the commissioning father, or keeping this confidential?
A needs assessment of the site - which has seen one of the caravans parked over a number of disabled parking bays - was carried out by council officers which highlights whether the travellers have any welfare issues, such as pregnancy or ill health, that the council have a legal duty to deal with.
A spokeswoman for North Yorkshire Police said: "Under the Animal Welfare Act you have a legal duty to care for your animal and if you put your animal at risk, you could face prosecution.
Under the Confined Spaces Regulations (1997) employers have a legal duty to ensure that a safe system of work is implemented and realistic training provided.
They include a legal duty of candour for hospitals to be honest about medical errors.
Where is the professionalism in the job, the dedication, legal duty to keep an official secret if with the first phone call from the party's leader, all information they hear as state officials are immediately dictated.
Banks need to be given a legal duty to provide universal public services in exchange for that valuable privilege.