The “law of cause and effect” is always at play. When you run counter to a universal law, there are always consequences. There are different categories of universal law, such as those in physical science and quantum mechanics. An example of such is the thermal blanketing by greenhouse gases as described by the interplay between physical science and quantum mechanics:
The ‘Absolute Law of Cause and Effect’ is popularly known as the Law of Karma. For a group, it’s called Group Karma.
Note: Universal Spiritual Laws are also called Cosmic Laws.