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Strict Liability

Strict liability is the legal responsibility for damages or injury, even if the person found strictly liable was not at fault.  In order to prove strict liability in tort, plaintiff needs to prove only that the tort happened and that the defendant was responsible for the act or omission.  In the case of strict liability, neither good faith nor the fact that the defendant took all possible precautions are valid defenses.

A common example of strict liability is holding an employer absolutely liable for the torts of employees, and imposing product liability in the case of defectively manufactured products.  Strict liability applies especially in cases involving hazardous or inherently dangerous ventures.

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