Posts Tagged ‘Cause of action’

Ontario Court of Appeal: One-year statutory limitation period applies to business property loss claims

September 11, 2013

Here’s a wake-up call for those of you handling breach of insurance contract claims under commercial general liability (CGL) and other types of business insurance policies for clients. (more…)

No State Immunity for South Africa in Wrongful Dismissal Suit

August 1, 2013

Roy v. South Africa, 2013 ONSC 4633 (CanLII) is another in a recent series of Canadian court decisions involving state immunity in the employment context. See my previous posts here and here.  (more…)

Ont. C.A.: Libel and Slander Act notice and limitation periods apply to internet libel; “single publication” rule rejected

June 18, 2013

The Court of Appeal for Ontario judgment in Shtaif v. Toronto Life Publishing Co. Ltd., 2013 ONCA 405 (Ont. C.A.) (“Shtaif“) confirms that the six-week notice requirement and three-month limitation period under the  Libel and Slander Act, R.S.O. 1990 c. L.12 (the “Act”), not the 2-year general limitation period in s. 4 of the Limitations Act, 2002, S.O 2002 c.24, governs libel actions based on online versions of newspaper articles. (more…)

Kedar S. Bhatia, “Reconsidering the Purely Jurisdictional View of the Alien Tort Statute”

May 16, 2012

Kedar S. Bhatia (Student-at-law, Emory University School of Law) has posted  “Reconsidering the Purely Jurisdictional View of the Alien Tort Statute”, Emory International Law Review, 2013, forthcoming/Emory Public Law Research Paper. Here’s the abstract:

The Alien Tort Statute is a remarkable provision. This thirty-three word statute lay dormant for nearly two centuries but now allows federal courts to hear claims for violations of the law of nations stemming from behavior anywhere in the world. Such an extraordinary interpretation was far from inevitable and remains on unsteady footing.

This article argues that the Statute should be read as purely jurisdictional, rather than as a hybrid provision granting both jurisdiction and a cause of action. In contrast to the current hybrid model, a strictly jurisdictional view of the Alien Tort Statute would provide a manageable framework for expanding the scope of the statute. Rather than requiring courts to first measure the specificity of international law and then gauge the practical consequences of recognizing a new cause of action, the jurisdictional view would require Congress to make those difficult, complex, and weighty policy decisions. A purely jurisdictional view of the statute adheres more closely to well-established views toward federal common law and also patches many of the problems that have arisen in applying the statute.

Download a pdf version of the article via SSRN here.

Zen and the Art of Blawging Maintenance

November 7, 2011
Everything Zen

Norm Pattis wrote a post a few months ago entitled: Updated: Rakofsky: Is Internet Mobbing A Tort? charitably offering up to the Plaintiff in the Rakofsky v. Internet litigation the makings of a new nominate tort: (more…)

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