In Alberta, professionals conduct their trades through professional corporations, which do not entitle these professionals to the same types of limited liability protection enjoyed by shareholders in traditional business corporations. The issue this report considers is whether certain professions, which are currently required to practice in unlimited liability firms (such as accounting, legal, and health care), should be allowed to practice through limited liability firms. This report recommends that these professions, and all others, be […]
|AREA OF LAW||Corporate and Commercial|
|TAGS||limited, professional, malpractice, liability, negligence, personal, Practice|
April 29, 1999
At the time of this paper’s publication, certain types of professionals (namely, accountants, lawyers, and certain health care professionals) were required to work in a setting of “unlimited liability,” meaning that the individual professionals could be held liable for debts and other liabilities incurred by the company for which they worked. This paper addresses the issue of that unlimited liability, and suggests that there was a “liability crisis” at the time, and therefore an urgent […]
|TAGS||limited, professional, malpractice, liability, negligence, personal, tort|
March 4, 1998
This report recommends that the Contributory Negligence Act (CNA) be amended to abolish the common-law rule known as the “last clear chance” rule. The “last clear chance” rule applied where both the contributory negligence of a plaintiff and the fault of a defendant caused loss to the plaintiff and where one of the them had a “last clear chance” to avoid the effect of the other’s fault and failed to do so. If the defendant was the […]
|AREA OF LAW||Constitutional and Public Law|
|TAGS||defendant, fault, last clear chance, contributory negligence, negligence, plaintiff|
August 29, 1997
This report addresses the issue of whether inter-spousal tort immunity should be abolished. It addresses the present state of the law in Alberta, other common law provinces of Canada, and other Commonwealth countries. It assesses arguments for retaining interspousal tort immunity, and looks particularly at the reasons for domestic harmony, collusion, indirect benefit from own wrongful conduct, and subrogation. This report concludes that there is no merit in placing any restriction upon the type of […]
|TAGS||damages, immunity, inter-spousal, interspousal, liability, negligence, tort|
Gratuitous Passengers and Interspousal Tort Immunity Statutes Amendment Act, SA 1990, c 22, s 2 amending the Married Women’s Act (now RSA 2000, c M-6, s 2(3)) and s 3 amending the Contributory Negligence Act (now RSA 2000, c C-27).
April 3, 1979
Neither the common law nor statute law has taken a consistent approach to the guest or gratuitous passenger. This report presents arguments in favour of the guest passenger legislation and arguments in favour of repealing the guest passenger legislation. The report notes that today a large number of guest passengers do not get “something for nothing” and that the probability of reciprocal benefit makes it fair to impose liability on the driver for his or […]
|TAGS||accident, damages, guest passenger, injury, liability, motor vehicle, negligence|
Proclamation 5 July 1979 of previously enacted The Alberta Insurance Amendment Act, 1977, SA 1977, c 76, s 6 (now Insurance Act, RSA 2000, c I-3, s 310) (This is not the principal recommendation of the Report). Gratuitous Passengers and Interspousal Tort Immunity Statutes Amendment Act, SA 1990, c 22, s 1 amending the Highway Traffic Act (now RSA 2000, c H-8).
April 2, 1979
This report of produced after concern arose from the decision in the Crosby v O’Reilly case. A working paper was produced and a committee was appointed for the purpose of considering the specific question of whether the claim for damages for loss of expectation of life should be abolished and the broader question of the adoption of the Uniform Survival of Actions Act. This report examines the existing common law in Alberta, legislative change and […]
|TAGS||accident, compensation, damage, fatal, injury, negligence, survival of action|
Survival of Actions Act, SA 1978, c 35 (now RSA 2000, c S-27; Fatal Accidents Act, RSA 2000, c F-8, ss 5(2)(a), (b), 8; and Limitation of Actions Act, RSA 2000, c L-12, s 53).
April 1, 1977