alternative liability

Definition of "alternative liability"
  1. The shared responsibility placed on several parties involved in a legal wrong (like producing faulty components of a wheel by various producers), especially when it is not evident which action was the direct cause of harm
How to use "alternative liability" in a sentence
  1. In the case of a car accident caused by faulty brakes, the court may apply alternative liability to the car manufacturer and the brake producer.
  2. The principle of alternative liability was applied when it was unclear which company, who both disposed of toxic waste in the river, caused the environmental damage.
  3. The concept of alternative liability can be invoked when multiple drug companies produce a harmful drug, yet it is unclear which manufacturer's product directly resulted in harm to the patient.

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