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A breach in the performance of a legal duty,proximately resulting in harm to another. Central to the concept of negligence is the problem of determining the exact duty owed.For example, does one owe any duties of care regarding the condition of property so as not to injure trespassers? If there is no duty,there can be no negligence,no matter how sloppy and careless the act.

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A lack of such reasonable care and caution as would be expected of a prudent person. A penalty may be assessed if any part of an underpayment of tax is due to negligent or intentional disregard of rules and regulations.
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In Alberta, a person who brings an action claiming gross negligence must notify the municipality of the event giving rise to the action within 21 days of the occurrence of the event, unless there is a reasonable excuse for the lack of notice, and the municipality is not prejudiced by the lack of notice.
Dr Lindsey Thomas has been cleared of gross negligence manslaughter
"The frightening catalogue of errors outlined today illustrates gross negligence on the part of US forces and violations of the rules of war," the release stated.
A force spokesman said: "A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and manslaughter by gross negligence.
"Gross negligence is a very high bar that BP believes cannot be met in this case," Rupert Bondy, BP's general counsel, said in a statement last week.
The government's sharpened language is characteristic of a case where gross negligence is the central issue, says Martha Judy, a law professor at Vermont Law School who specialises in environmental liability.
"The court must rule Transocean cannot be indemnified if there is gross negligence," Andrew Langan, a lawyer for BP, told the judge yesterday.
The Crown Prosecution Service said Paul Simmons, Adrian Ashley and Timothy Woodward are to be charged for gross negligence over the deaths of Ian Reid, John Averis, Ashley Stephens and Darren Yates-Badley in the blaze in Atherstone-on-Stour in 2007.
Paul Simmons, Adrian Ashley and Timothy Woodward are accused of manslaughter by gross negligence.
Paul Stephens, 54, was one of three men questioned last Wednesday on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter and offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act.
Jurors at Birmingham Crown Court took sevenand-a-half hours to clear pilot Bryan Griffiths, 55, of manslaughter by gross negligence following a two-week trial.
A lawsuit for wrongful death alleged gross negligence and sought punitive damages, but no expert witness was called to testify.