chapter  17
Miscellaneous Operative Contexts
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The novus actus interveniens doctrine has operated from time to time in sundry other contexts. Each such other context does not of itself warrant its own chapter but collectively they may be dealt with conveniently within one chapter, although their subject-matter may be somewhat unrelated. The nine operative contexts to be examined in this chapter include: conduct necessary to exercise legal rights or privileges tortiously impeded, dangerous chattels, negligent inspection, institutional liability, defamation/republication, drug addiction, spousal desertion, plaintiff’s fraud and passing off.