affirmative defense


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affirmative defense

[əfur′mətiv]
Etymology: L, affirmare, to make firm
(in law) a denial of guilt or wrongdoing based on new evidence rather than on simple denial of a charge, as a plea of immunity according to Good Samaritan legislation. The defendant bears the burden of proof in an affirmative defense.

Affirmative Defense

A defense by a physician or other health care provider in a civil action, in which one asserts that one adhered to the local standards of care—which may be established by Ob/Gyns, emergency room specialists, or anesthesiologists.

affirmative defense

Medical liability A defense used by a physician in a lawsuit that is based on adherence to the local standards of care–which may be established by Ob/Gyns, emergency room specialists, and anesthesiologists. See Medical malpractice.
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Factors to Consider When Rebutting Allegations or Proving the Affirmative Defense
s factors can be used by the defendant interchangeably as either an affirmative defense or as an attack on the plaintiff's prima facie case.
The norm typically involves a mortgage foreclosure action that is not filed by the original lender, wherein the plaintiff faces an alleged affirmative defense against the foreclosure action within the mortgagor defendant's responsive pleading that the plaintiff lacks standing to file and prosecute the mortgage foreclosure action.
For laches to stand as an affirmative defense against an infringement claim in a trademark case, stated the TTAB in its opinion, a petitioner must be shown to have had actual knowledge or constructive notice of a registrant's trademark use and then to have delayed action.
The Sixth Circuit next considered whether a spouse providing a guaranty can assert ECOA violations as an affirmative defense in an action to recover the sums owing on the guaranty.
On June 25, 2010, the QC RTC denied the affirmative defense made by ABS-CBN, paving for a full-blown trial of the damage suit filed by Roxas.
Although the court noted that the allegations may not constitute an affirmative defense, the policyholder's alleged bad faith was relevant to the insurer's defense of the bad faith claim.
An affirmative defense is generally an argument by a defendant that goes like this: "Everything you claim may be true, but we still win because of [fill in the blank].
10) However, Congress complicated matters by making consent an affirmative defense and creating complex provisions to raise and rebut the defense.
In the years immediately following Twombly and Iqbal, most of the district courts that considered affirmative defense pleading standards extended plausibility pleading from complaints to defenses, although that position has recently lost its majority status.
and Ron Paul (R-Texas), would "provide an affirmative defense for the medical use of marijuana in accordance with the laws of the various States.
14) Rule 8(c)(1) states that a defendant "must affirmatively state any avoidance or affirmative defense," and provides a list of nineteen affirmative defenses.

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