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Class two- The General duty of care: In class notes: Civil Liability Act- outline changes

* Caps on compensation - Get 15% of the most extreme case. Reduce lawyer's willingness to take on a case- no money to be gained from it (hit suburban lawyers). Statutes are compromises. They reveal underlying political ideologies.

* Modifications to liability: protections and exclusions: o Volunteers. They are protected from liability. Politicians want more volunteers. o Professionals. They often deal with life and death decisions. They should not have to also worry about liability. o Self defence. o Under influence of drugs/alcohol. o Committing serious offence.

* Apology- not admission of fault. Is it baseless without this? No legal duty in terms of compensation.

* Breach of duty and causation. Civil Liability Act- Outline: Declaratory (how they want the law to be)

* Inherent risks (materialisation)

* Standard of care in contributory negligence.

* Liability of public authorities. Too many areas where local governments have liability. Civil Liability Act- Outline: future:

* Exemplary or aggravated damages caused by negligence are abolished.

* 'Good Samaritans' are protected. We want people to look after each other in society.

* Contributory negligence may defeat claim for negligence.

The beginning of negligence or action on the case (failure to exercise reasonable care and skill): The three elements:

* Cause of action: the defendant must have owed the plaintiff a duty of care.

* The duty must have been breached.

* The breach must have caused damage to the plaintiff. Historical significance:

* Today a duty of care must be shown to exist

* A legal formula decides the particular duty situation. It is well established for example that drivers owe a duty of care to pedestrians.

* Before the Donahue v Stevenson case there was no duty of care arising out of negligence. This case set a pattern for it. In the past the situation was governed by privity of contract. Page 160 Donoghue v Stevenson (1932) - introduced a duty of care to third persons in negligence. Facts:

* Donoghue suffered severe gastro enteritis when she found a snail in her ginger beer.

* The bottle was opaque and Donoghue had no reason to suspect it contained a snail.

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