strict liability


Definition of strict liability

: liability imposed without regard to fault

Examples of strict liability in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To prove most crimes, prosecutors must show the defendant committed a proscribed act and did so with a guilty mind—ill intent—with the exception of a very few strict liability offenses, like statutory rape. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Why Trump’s “state of mind” will be key in impeachment," 2 Nov. 2019 The lawsuit alleges negligence and strict liability by all the respondents and is seeking general damages for Wilcoxen’s physical injuries, pain and suffering and emotional trauma as well as special damages related to his medical treatment. Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times, "Police officer says he fell ill after vaping THC, files first vaping lawsuit in Washington," 24 Sep. 2019 In all of these cases, the suits at hand deal with state consumer protection, torts, or liability law in different states, and so there is not an issue of circuit split for the consideration of strict liability. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Court rules Amazon can be held responsible for defective third-party goods," 8 July 2019 The panel’s suggestion to overhaul the strict liability doctrine, known as inverse condemnation, has already faced strong pushback. Dustin Gardiner,, "California wildfire panel doubles down on push to change liability rules for PG&E," 7 June 2019 The measure also will loosen some of the nation’s strictest liability rules for utilities when their equipment causes a fire, but only after those utilities carry out billions of dollars in fire-prevention safety work. Scott Wilson, Washington Post, "Secondary burns: Chico, Calif., is in tumult after a fire emptied out neighboring Paradise," 3 Aug. 2019 The imposition of strict liability on owners in this manner is not authorized under the Horse Racing Law, may result in arbitrary and capricious disciplinary proceedings, and could chill horse ownership. John Cherwa,, "Racing! Goodbye to the winter/spring Santa Anita meeting," 25 June 2018 Utilities lobbied aggressively to eliminate that strict liability standard but lawmakers dropped the idea amid pressure from insurers, trial lawyers and fire victims. Jonathan J. Cooper, The Seattle Times, "Fires put pressure on California utilities despite new law," 12 Nov. 2018 But lawmakers balked at repealing labor protections that impose strict liability on employers for discharging workers. Andrew Scurria, WSJ, "Puerto Rico Overseers Scale Back Spending After Labor-Law Changes Fail," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of strict liability

1896, in the meaning defined above

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Legal Definition of strict liability

see liability sense 2b

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