wrongful death

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wrongful death

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A cause of action for civil damages based on a wrongful act or negligence that caused the death of a family member of the plaintiff.
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Noun1.wrongful death - a death that results from a wrongful act or from negligence; a death that can serve as the basis for a civil action for damages on behalf of the dead person's family or heirs
death, decease, expiry - the event of dying or departure from life; "her death came as a terrible shock"; "upon your decease the capital will pass to your grandchildren"
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The measure also grants immunity from suit to anyone who ensures the safety of and provides assistance to children involved in armed conflict.
134) At the Founding, denying an official immunity from suit would have been just cause for war.
It stopped short, however, of altogether foreclosing certiorari review of such orders "in cases where immunity from suit rather than solely immunity from liability is at issue[,]" because governmental immunity springs exclusively "from the separation doctrine of separation of powers,[] making it improper for the judiciary to intervene in fundamental decisionmaking of the executive and legislative branches of the government.
xi) that, as a matter of law, a party is not entitled to any immunity from suit not otherwise addressed in this rule.
25) on numerous occasions, the Supreme Court has held that a waiver of the United States' sovereign immunity from suit must be explicitly and unequivocally expressed.
sovereign has waived its immunity from suit by consenting to the action
Present execution applies because the question of immunity is collateral to the merits of the case and because immunity from suit entitles a party to avoid not only liability but also the burden of the litigation.
shall enjoy the same immunity from suit and every form of judicial
But the ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP) never complied with the repeated orders by the Supreme Court, saying that the president enjoys immunity from suit and it would also amount to the trial of two time Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated in a suicide attack in December 2007.
newsletter, Corporate Crime Reporter, Attorney General Bullock's office told a lawyer who filed an amicus "friend-of-the-court" brief in support of Montana that the attorney general is refusing to assert Montana's 11th Amendment constitutional sovereign immunity from suit because it is feared that the immunity argument could actually win the case.
After 25 years, the perpetrators of the Mendiola Massacre can no longer invoke state immunity from suit," Ramos said.
19) On July 10, 2008 the district court determined that it was not competent to hear the action brought against the United Nations on account of its immunity from suit before national courts.