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Auto dealers now have a duty of care to thieving minors

Friday, March 31, 2017 @ 9:01 AM | By Ryan Shaw

A recent decision from the Ontario Court of Appeal affirmed that when it comes to tort law, “sentiment is not principle.” The duty of care operates independently of the illegal or immoral conduct of the injured party.

In J.J. (Litigation guardian of) v. C.C. 2016 ONCA 718, the court found that the owner of a garage business owed a duty of care to a minor who was injured after participating in the theft of a vehicle from the owner’s premises. The case serves as a reminder...