tort law

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Overview

A legal doctrine, most commonly used in tort, that holds an employer or principal legally responsible for the wrongful acts of an employee or agent, if such acts occur within the scope of the employment or agency. Typically when respondeat...

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Definition

The sovereign immunity refers to the fact that the government cannot be sued without its consent.

Overview

Sovereign immunity was derived from British common law doctrine based on the idea that the King could do no wrong. In the United...

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**(Contrast with general intent and specific intent)**

Overview

In both tort and criminal law, strict liability exists when a defendant is liable for committing an action, regardless of what his/her intent or mental state was when...

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Definition

Trespass is defined by the act of knowingly entering another person’s property without permission.

Overview

For the definition of trespass, the "knowingly entering" requirement refers to the actor's knowledge of the literal act of...

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A tort. An intentional act by a defendant that interferes with the chattel of a plaintiff.

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In this situation, multiple defendants are simultaneously negligent, but only one injury results, leaving a state of uncertainty over which defendant's breach caused the plaintiff's injury and which defendant should be held liable. In this case, the...

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