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Etymology: ME, duete, conduct
(in law) an obligation owed by one party to another. Duty may be established by statute or other legal process, as by contract or oath supported by statute, or it may be voluntarily undertaken. Every person has a duty of care to all other people to prevent causing harm or injury by negligence.


Medical malpractice The failure or alleged failure on the part of a physician or other health care provider to exercise ordinary, reasonable, usual, or expected care, prudence, or skill–that would usually and customarily be exercised by other reputable physicians treating similar Pts–in performing a legally recognized duty, resulting in forseeable harm, injury or loss to another; negligence may be an act of omission–ie, unintentional, or commission–ie, intentional, characterized by inattention, recklessness, inadvertence, thoughtlessness, or wantonness. See Adverse event, Comparative negligence, Contributory negligence, Gross negligence, Malpractice, Wanton negligence, Willful negligence. Cf Recklessness.
Negligence, required elements  
Duty A recognized relationship between Pt and physician
Breach Failure of a medical practitioner to practice in accordance with standard of care
Proximate cause The plaintiff must show that injury is reasonably connected to physician's action
Damages Plaintiff must show that alleged loss or damage has a quantifiable value such that a monetary payment can be made APLM 1997; 121:252


(doo′tē, dū′)
A social, professional, legal, or ethical expectation that compels a standard of performance; an obligation or requirement.


n that which is due from a person; that which a person owes to another; an obligation.
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The removal of import duty reverses a five percent tariff the Saudi government imposed in January and comes after a rise in the price of steel billet in the Black Sea region.
Ministry of Finance Circular 52/2009/TT-BTC (promulgated with Circular 52/2009/QD-BTC) set out that MSG import duty would fall from 36% to 32%.
The HRC import duty for re-rollers is 5 per cent, up from the previous 3 per cent, the report added.
This policy does not apply to industrial estates in the province of Rayong, as they benefit from machinery import duty exemptions under a prior BOI policy.
On the other hand, Pakistan Automobile Manufacturers Association (PAMA) resented the government's decision of slashing the import duty saying it will be a setback to the progressive manufacturing of vehicles in the country.
The LaserCard import duty collection/import license is a new application for the optical memory card.
The EU welcomes the fact that all the discriminatory aspects of the scheme, namely the import duty exemption, the local content and the production to sales ratio requirements have been condemned," the EU executive body said in a statement.
From May the final stage of a two step plan designed to equalise the import duty on Scotch and domestically produced whisky in Japan was completed.
Timor did not abide by the agreement to receive the import duty and luxury tax exemptions, so it must repay the unpaid taxes to the government," Rahardi said.
If the import duty goes through all it will do is bring them up to par with the other countries we do business with.
Allied to this is the need for businesses to secure the release of their goods paying as little import duty and import VAT as possible.
This is from the 10 per cent import duty plus the 6 per cent from the extra premium that India's domestic bullion trade has to pay to source the metal.