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com·mon law

(kom'ŏn law)
A system of law based on custom, tradition, and court decisions rather than on written legislation.

case law

Opinions or decisions made by the courts.
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The principal shortcoming of informed consent cases for purposes of discovering neutral principles of decisional law relating to physicians' economic conflicts of interest is that such cases begin their analysis at a point where the existence of the conflict has already been acknowledged and deemed permissible, and where the only issue remaining is disclosure.
I have further suggested that decisional law has the capacity, and arguably a duty to induce reconsideration of laws that potentially impair medical professionalism.
Fletcher's emphasis was on the continuity of Swift with earlier decisional law, to counter suggestions that Swift was somehow aberrational.
That certainty translates to greater predictability about the scope of a constitutional provision: if the presumption is that the federal constitutional standard will control, private and public litigants may rely on federal decisional law to establish the limits of state authority.
The Official Reports are California's authoritative body of appellate decisional law and include all opinions of the California Supreme Court and published opinions of the Courts of Appeal and superior court appellate divisions.
On appeal the Florida Legal Foundation as amicus curiae filed a brief in support of the Williams position arguing that: 1) "sovereignty" is not determined by the fact that the property passed to the state by virtue of the equal footing doctrine, but depends on the classification of the waterbody under state law derived from decisional law and the Florida Constitution.
In light of the decisional law from other jurisdictions, the Texas Supreme Court's explicit affirmation of the applicability of the state action doctrine for claims invoking the Texas Bill of Rights is unremarkable.
191 (1993); and Rewriting History: The Propriety of Eradicating Prior Decisional Law Through Settlement and Vacatur, 76 CORNELL L.
After debating the issue over the course of several years, the committee decided that decisional law has given an expansive reading to this rule, allowing nonfinal appeals in situations not intended to be reviewable and contrary to the underlying philosophy of the rules.
The Florida Supreme Court has instructed the courts to look to "the common law and decisional law of this state" for further definition of the various types of theft.
In fact, recent decisional law extends this protection to people who are no longer working at the accused employer's business.
Matthew Bender has published Florida Civil Practice Guide providing detailed analysis of the statutory and decisional law necessary to effectively navigate each stage of a civil action in Florida.