The Law of Intervening Causation

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Jan 1, 2008 - Law - 273 pages
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This monograph examines on a comparative basis how the courts in the leading common law jurisdictions of the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand have applied novus actus interveniens in actions in tort. The focus will be a civil, rather than criminal, law perspective.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Early Judicial Development of Intervening Causation Law
13
Dulieuv White Sons 1901 148
24
The Legal Tests
29
Reasonable Foreseeability
31
UnreasonablenessAbnormality
51
Billings Sons Ltd v Riden 1958 196 213
52
Voluntary and Deliberate Human Action
69
Burbidge 1863 124 1412
173
Rescue of Persons and Property
189
Children
199
Glasgow Corporation v Muir 1943 58
200
Bell 1816 11 90 183 1516 102 116 200 237
203
Escaping from Danger and Inconvenience
209
Sun Shipping Co Ltd 1948 213 233
213
Dominion Natural Gas Co Ltd v Collins and Perkins 1909 2 59 61 217 69 237
217

Probability
91
United Dairies London Ltd 1940 125 142
95
Scope of Risk
101
Operative Contexts
119
Intervening Negligent Acts and Omissions
121
Banque Bruxelles Lambert S A v Eagle Star Insurance Co Ltd 1995 30 122 38139
122
Extraordinary Natural Phenomena Coincidences and Animals
133
Bird vHolbrook 1828 12 60 61 16 7071
134
Mersyside Fire and Civil Defence Authority 2002 94 163 106 1801
142
Maritime Incidents
147
The Suicide Cases
155
Professional Malpractice
169
Negligence Causing Susceptibility to Later Harm
219
Miscellaneous Operative Contexts
227
Selby 2001 167
228
Stevenson 1932 213
232
Lancashire Mental Hospitals Board 1937 215
234
The Influence of Contributory Negligence and Apportionment
245
Humber Oil Terminal Trustee Ltd v Owners of the Ship Sivand 1998 31 50 122 38
251
The Interrelationship Between Remoteness of Damage
253
Conclusion
259
Index
267
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Douglas Hodgson is Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, The University of Western Australia. He has published widely on Human Rights law.

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