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negligence

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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Negligence

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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(107) Callinan J stated that '[a]ll of the various touchstones for, and none of the relevant disqualifying conditions against, an award of damages for economic loss are present here.' (108) Interestingly, it was Kirby J who opined that the legal issues in this case were best resolved by reference to ordinary negligence principles: 'the diverse opinions of their Lordships in McFarlane [v Tayside Health Board] illustrate what can happen when judges embark upon the "quicksands" of public policy, at least when doing so leads them away from basic principle.' (109)
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(93) Rice did not equate the standard of ordinary negligence required in tort law with the mens rea required in criminal trials.
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(75) However, Defendant claimed that Plaintiffs failed to make a prima facie case and furthermore, that the utility could be liable for ordinary negligence under the current rate schedule approved by the Public Service Commission.
This us of negligence as a basis for enforcement action raises a number of issues; all important one is whether the regulation requires gross negligence, as do certain parallel provisions for accountant discipline, or whether ordinary negligence will suffice.