A. Introduction

Author:Philip H. Osborne
Profession:Faculty of Law. The University of Manitoba

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Negligence law is not static. It is constantly in flux, adjusting to new activities, unusual fact situations, shifts in societal attitudes, unusual losses, and the public’s increasing demands for protection from risk-laden conduct. In the past few decades, imaginative and innovative lawyers have pushed the envelope of negligence liability to secure greater and greater protection of their clients. In this chapter, a number of special and topical issues are considered in more depth. Most illustrate the moulding of negligence principles to new claims, new situations, new losses, or new defendants. Some concern the interaction between legislative regulation and negligence principles and the accountability of governmental institutions. Another involves the...

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