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Atlantic Coast Line R. Co. v. Daniels, Court of Appeals of GA, 1911 Issue Reasoning
Can’t just say that: if the cause had not existed, then the effect would not have occurred. This would lead to unsatisfactory results. This would lead to absurd arguments: one could then argue that the accident wouldn’t have happened if the ∏ was not born. Courts will look at what is practical within the scope of ordinary human understanding.

Rule

Facts

Courts have to ask: Was the wrongful act the proximate cause?

Held Procedure P argues D argues
Reductio ad absurdum Technique of argument which disproves an hypothesis by pointing out the absurdity of its logical conclusion Proximate means: Next, nearest, immediately before or after in order.


				
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