chain of causation

Legal Definition of chain of causation

: the causal connection between an original cause and its subsequent effects especially as a basis for criminal or civil liability intervening acts of third parties will not break the chain of causationBrownell v. Figel, 950 F.2d 1285 (1991) — see also nexus

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“Chain of causation.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/chain%20of%20causation. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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