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McGill Faculty of Law: Extra-Contractual Obligations/Torts: Prof. Lara Khoury, 2002-03/Summary by Derek McKee

McGhee v. National Coal Board, [1972] 3 All E.R. 1008 (H.L.). (CB1p530)35

Gburek c. Cohen, [1988] R.J.Q. 2424 (C.A.). (CB1p512)36

Farrell v. Snell, [1990] 2 S.C.R. 311. (CB1p532)36

Laferrière v. Lawson, [1991] 1 S.C.R. 541. (CB1p539)37

Unidentified Wrongdoer (Imputation)37

Cook v. Lewis, [1951] S.C.R. 830. (CB1p542)37

Massignani c. Veilleux, [1987] R.R.A. 541 (C.A.). (CB1p545)37

Sindell v. Abbott Laboratories, 607 P2d 924 (Calif. SC 1980). (CB1p548)38

J. Weinstein, “Ethical Dilemmas in Mass Tort Litigation” (1994) (excerpt)38

The Appropriate Scope of Responsibility39

Acts and Omissions39

T. Eaton Co. of Canada v. Moore, [1951] S.C.R. 470. (CB2p7)39

Crocker v. Sundance Northwest Resorts, [1988] 1 S.C.R. 1186. (CB2p17)40

Murphy v. Little Memphis Cabaret Inc., [1996] O.J. No. 4600. (CB2p25)41

W. Van Gerven et al., Tort Law: Scope of Protection, (1999) at 78 (CB2p28)41

Delineating the Duty of Care42

Home Office v. Dorset Yacht Co. Ltd, [1978] A.C. 1004 (H.L.). (CB2p31)42

Cooper v. Hobart, [2001] 3 S.C.R. 537. (CB2p45)43

Palsgraf v. Long Island Railroad Co., 162 N.E. 99 (N.Y.C.A. 1928). (CB2p60)44

Conaghan and Mansell, The Wrongs of Tort, pp.11-21. (duty of care)45

Relational Loss45

Secondary Victims45

Régent Taxi & Transport v. La Congregation des petits-frêres de Marie [1929] SCR 650. (CB2p64)46

Hôpital Notre-Dame et Théoret c. Laurent, [1978] 1 SCR 605. (CB2p95)46

Alcock v. Chief Constable of the South Yorkshire Police, [1991] 4 All ER 907 (H.L.). (CB2p104)47

Conaghan and Mansell, The Wrongs of Tort, pp.34-44. (psychiatric harm)48

Injury to Economic Interests48

Elliott c. Entreprises Côte-Nord Ltée., [1976] R.J.Q. 584 (C.A.). (CB2p106)48

J.E. Construction Inc. c. General Motors du Canada Ltée., [1985] C.A. 275. (CB2p127)48

Weller v. Foot and Mouth Disease Research Institute., [1966] 1 Q.B. 569. (CB2p109)49

Canadian National Railway Co. v. Norsk Pacific Steamship Co., [1992] 1 SCR 1021. (CB2p110)50

Conaghan and Mansell, The Wrongs of Tort, pp.21-34. (pure economic loss)51


The Scope of Risk51

Hart & Honoré, Causation in the Law, 2nd ed. (1985) pp.9-13. (CB2p130)51

In re Polemis and Furness, Withy & Co., [1921] 3 K.B. 560 (C.A.). (CB2p133)51

Overseas Tankship v. Morts Dock & Eng. (Wagon Mound 1), [1961] AC 388 (PC). (CB2p134)52

Directness v. Foreseeability52

Hughes v. Lord Advocate, [1963] A.C. 837 (H.L.). (CB2p151)52

Starck, Roland, & Boyer, Obligations: Responsabilité délictuelle (France, 1995) (CB2p135)53

Morrissette c. McQuat & Sons, [1958] B.R. 684. (CB2p147)53

Brisson c. Potvin, [1948] B.R. 38. (CB2p140)54

Conaghan and Mansell, The Wrongs of Tort, pp.62-72. (causation)54

Smith v. Leech Brain & Co. Ltd., [1962] 2 Q.B. 405 (Q.B.D.). (CB2p153)55

G. Viney, Les conditions de la responsabilité (1998) (CB2p154)55

Multiple Wrongdoers and Multiple Causes55

Plurality of Established Causes56

Deguire Avenue Ltd. v. Adler, [1963] B.R. 101. (CB2p158)56

Caneric Properties Inc. v. Allstate, [1995] R.R.A. 296. (CB2p166)56

Coutellier v. Hervieux, [1974] C.S. 240. (CB2p169)57

Q. v. Minto Management Ltd. (1985), 15 DLR (4th) 581 (Ont. H.C.). (CB2p157)58

Price v. Milawski (1977), 82 DLR (3d) 130 (Ont.C.A.). (CB2p183)58

Subsequent Events and Aggravation of Injuries59

Athey v. Leonati, [1996] 3 SCR 458. (CB2p171)59

Jobling v. Associated Dairies Ltd., [1981] 2 All ER 752 (H.L.). (CB2p180)60

Placing the Victim Under Scrutiny61

Fitzgerald v. Lane, [1998] 2 All ER 961 (H.L.). (CB2p190)62

Girard c. Hydro-Québec, [1987] R.R.A. 80 (C.A.). (CB2p186)62



If you suffer from harm, put up with it—unless you are able to justify shifting the burden onto another. Who should bear the burden of a loss?

Our ability to cause harm has increased since the 19th century and the rise of the Industrial Revolution and mass transportation.

We are less willing to accept destiny, the vicissitudes of life, etc. due to increased education and awareness of rights.

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