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comparative negligence

Comparative negligence is a rule used in negligence cases in some states that provides for computing both the plaintiff's and the defendant's negligence, with the plaintiff's damages being reduced by a percentage representing the degree of their contributing fault.

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If the plaintiff's negligence is found to be greater than the defendant's, the plaintiff will receive nothing.

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