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Proximate Cause and Intervening Acts: 'Hain v. Jamison'

, New York Law Journal


George M. Heymann discusses the Court of Appeals' recent holding in 'Hain v. Jamison,' where the court said it could not be determined, as a matter of law, whether the farm's negligence in allowing a calf to escape merely furnished the occasion for the accident that killed a woman who was struck after she exited her car to help the calf, or that the accident did not flow from farm's negligent conduct. Accordingly, the issues of "substantial cause" and "foreseeability," under these circumstances, should be made by the fact finder.

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