duty of care
duty of care see duty

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

duty of care
Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, there is a duty of care backed by criminal penalties on all those who deal with controlled waste to take responsible and appropriate steps to deal with it, including proper storage and packaging, dealing with proper carriers and ensuring satisfactory disposal.

Easyform Glossary of Law Terms. — UK law terms.


duty of care
1. the mechanism used in the law of tort or delict to determine when a person is liable. In a way it is thus a useless fifth wheel. However, it is practically useful in separating out and explaining cases of non-liability where there is a mistake or error or bungle that causes a loss to the plaintiff yet there is no liability. Normally, reasonable foreseeability of physical harm will create a duty, but the question is much more open in cases of economic loss, nervous shock and other more unusual harms. See also culpa, negligence.
2. in relation to persons who import produce, carry, keep or dump waste and waste-brokers, the obligation to take all such measures as are reasonable, among other things, to prevent the unlawful management of waste, prevent the escape of waste and to ensure waste is transferred to an authorised person: Environmental Protection Act 1990. Failure to meet the duty is a criminal offence.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


duty of care
The duty of a person or business to act toward others and the public with vigilance, caution, and prudence. Someone whose actions breach the duty of care is considered negligent, and may be sued for resulting damages. (See also: standard of care)
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

duty of care
USA
A fiduciary duty that requires a director of a corporation to be fully and adequately informed and act with care when making decisions and acting for the corporation. The duty of care is governed by state law. See also duty of loyalty.
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Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

duty of care
n.
   a requirement that a person act toward others and the public with the watchfulness, attention, caution and prudence that a reasonable person in the circumstances would use. If a person's actions do not meet this standard of care, then the acts are considered negligent, and any damages resulting may be claimed in a lawsuit for negligence.
   See also: negligence, standard of care

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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