public duty doctrine

Definition of "public duty doctrine"
  1. A principle in injury law that states a government body, such as a city or state, is not responsible for harm caused to a person due to a government worker's failure to fulfill a responsibility meant for the general public, rather than a specific person
How to use "public duty doctrine" in a sentence
  1. The public duty doctrine was invoked to protect the municipality from the lawsuit.
  2. Under the public duty doctrine, the state employees were insulated from liability.
  3. The plaintiff's claim was rejected due to the application of the public duty doctrine.

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