special duty doctrine

Definition of "special duty doctrine"
  1. It's a principle exempting the general public obligation rule and making a government body accountable for damages when it owes a specific responsibility to one person that doesn't extend to the entire public
How to use "special duty doctrine" in a sentence
  1. The plaintiff invoked the special duty doctrine, arguing that the city owed her a unique responsibility due to her specific circumstances.
  2. According to the special duty doctrine, the government body was liable for injury as they had a distinct duty towards the harmed individual.
  3. Disproving the existence of a distinct commitment to the plaintiff became crucial in the case, as the special duty doctrine could have increased the government entity's responsibility.

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