but for rule
- A principle used to establish if a defendant's actions were the main cause of an event. This rule asks whether the event would have occurred without the defendant's actions
- The court applied the but for rule to establish if the defendant's negligence caused the disastrous boating accident.
- In their defence, the plaintiff invoked the but for rule to show that their client's actions did not cause the fire.
- The but for rule was significant in the lawsuit to determine whether the restaurant owner's negligence led to the food poisoning incident.