Definition of common law
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The suit seeks damages under federal antitrust laws, Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act and a common law claim for unjust enrichment.
In many cases, the duration of state law protection isn't specified -- and in some cases common law copyright could be perpetual (although that could arguably be unconstitutional).
So Alfie’s parents had their rights removed in a nation that once gave the world the Magna Carta, and the miracle of English common law.
Bondi accuses them of violating the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, the Florida RICO Act and common law public nuisance.
Her common law husband, Luis Martinez, was a licensed electrician.
In a unanimous 2011 decision, the Supreme Court said that the Clean Air Act displaced the federal common law of nuisance, leaving enforcement and regulation to the Environmental Protection Agency.
The suit alleges that the companies violated the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, the Florida RICO Act and common law public nuisance.
Under the common law, all individuals have liability for their own actions that injure another.
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COMMON-LAW Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of common-law for English Language Learners
—used to describe a relationship between a man and a woman that is considered to be a marriage because the man and woman have lived together for a long period of time
Definition of common law for English Language Learners
: the laws that developed from English court decisions and customs and that form the basis of laws in the U.S.
legal Definition of common law
- the common law of torts
- in suits at common law…the right of trial by jury shall be preserved
- —U.S. Constitution amend. VII
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