New Directions for Liability Reform in Ontario
Liability reform has long been an objective of municipal governments across Canada and it's becoming easier to understand why. The legal regime of joint and several liability makes municipalities and property taxpayers an easy target for litigation. Just a fraction of fault can push municipalities to pay huge damage awards, often targeted deliberately as insurers of last resort. Joint and several liability principles are enshrined to varying degrees in common law across the country. It dictates that damages may be recovered from any defendant regardless of their individual share of liability.
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