Glossary of Tort Law Terms
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Valid Claim: A grievance that
can be resolved by legal action.
Venue: The geographical
location in which a case is tried.
Verdict: The formal decision
issued by a jury on the issues of fact that were presented at trial.
Vested Right: An absolute
right. When a retirement plan is fully vested, the employee has an absolute
right to the entire amount of money in the account.
Vicarious Liability: When one
person is liable for the negligent actions of another person, even though the
first person was not directly responsible for the injury.
Voir Dire: The process by
which judges and lawyers select a petit jury from among those eligible to serve,
by questioning them to determine knowledge of the facts of the case and a
willingness to decide the case only on the evidence presented in court. "Voir
dire" is a phrase meaning "to speak the truth."