efficient intervening cause

Definition of "efficient intervening cause"
  1. An occurrence or event that breaks the connection between the wrongful act by a party and an injury to another party, mitigating or eliminating the original party's liability
How to use "efficient intervening cause" in a sentence
  1. After the car accident, the defense argued that there was an efficient intervening cause that absolved their client of responsibility.
  2. The court ruled that the sudden earthquake, unrelated to the contractor's work, was an efficient intervening cause in the building's collapse.
  3. The prosecution was unable to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt as the defense presented an efficient intervening cause having a role in the accident.

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