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State Dept. of State Hospitals v. Sup. Ct. (June 1, 2015): Analyzing Proximate Cause

<em>State Dept. of State Hospitals v. Sup. Ct.</em> (June 1, 2015): Analyzing Proximate Cause

In a recent decision, the Supreme Court of California revisited the standard for pleading and establishing proximate causation in civil actions. On June 1, 2015, the supreme court, in State Dept. of State Hospitals, held that the State Department of Mental Health’s breach of its duty to designate a second evaluator pursuant to the Sexually Violent Predator Act (SVPA) for evaluation of a prisoner was not a proximate cause of rape and murder committed by a prisoner four days after his release.

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