But for rule


But for rule
In the law of negligence, a principle that provides that the defendant's conduct is not the cause of an injury to the plaintiff, unless that injury would not have occurred except for ("but for") the defendant's conduct.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


but for rule
In the law of negligence, a principle that provides that the defendant's conduct is not the cause of an injury to the plaintiff, unless that injury would not have occurred except for ("but for") the defendant's conduct.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

but for rule
n.
   one of several tests to determine if a defendant is responsible for a particular happening. In this test, was there any other cause, or would it have occurred "but for" the defendant's actions? Example: "But for" defendant Drivewild's speeding, the car would not have gone out of control, and therefore the defendant is responsible. This is shorthand for whether the action was the "proximate cause" of the damage.
   See also: proximate cause

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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