Should a corporation be liable for fraud committed by its director or officer where it may also have benefitted? The Supreme Court of Canada grappled with this question recently in the context of a dispute arising from a fraudulent investment scheme to acquire commercial real estate.
It is not always clear when an organization will be liable for the intentional wrongs committed by its representatives. Recent case decisions underscore the difficulty in determining in what circumstances an organization will be held vicariously liable for the intentional wrongs of its workers as well as the challenges in trying to gauge whether a court will find that there was sufficient connection between such intentional wrong and the worker's duties.
Recently I received a question from one of our subscriber doing research on the corporate liability of having Automatic Electronc Defibrillator's (AED's) in the workplace, and he wondered if I had any information on the topic?
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