Absolute Liability

Definition of "Absolute liability"

Daleen O
Daleen O'Dell, Real Estate Agent RE/MAX Realty Team

Liability without fault; also known as liability without regard to fault or strict liability. Absolute liability is imposed in various states when actions of an individual or business are deemed contrary to public policy, even though an action may not have been intentional or negligent. For example, in product liability, manufacturers and retailers have been held strictly liable for products that have caused injuries and have been shown to be defective, even though the manufacturer or retailer was not proven to be at fault or negligent. In many states the owner of an animal is held strictly liable for injuries it may cause, even though it does not have a past history of violence.

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