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Remedies for Torts, Breach of Contract, and Equitable Wrongs, 4th Edition by Burrows QC FBA, Andrew

Part Two Compensation, s.One General Principles in Assessing Compensatory Damages, 4 Factual causation

Andrew Burrows

From: Remedies for Torts, Breach of Contract, and Equitable Wrongs (4th Edition)

Andrew Burrows QC FBA

From: Oxford Legal Research Library (http://olrl.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 20 September 2019

Subject(s):
Breach of contract — Damages and choice of law — Damages

This chapter discusses the law on factual causation. A requirement inherent in the compensatory aims is that the defendant’s tort or breach of contract has been a cause of the claimant’s loss. Regardless of whether the claimant is suing for a tort or breach of contract, the approach to factual causation does not differ. Nevertheless, nearly all the important cases concern torts. This is because factual causation is usually a disputed issue only in respect of damages for personal injury or property damage, and such damages are generally sought in tort.

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