Supreme Court of Canada decision: Joyriding and Foreseeable Negligence

The Supreme Court of Canada released the following decision:


Rankin (Rankin’s Garage & Sales) v. J.J., 2018 SCC 19, File no. 37323


Case brief


(Torts — Negligence — Duty of Care — Foreseeability — Personal injury —Motor vehicles — Teenagers stealing vehicle from commercial garage and joyriding — Vehicle crashing causing serious injury to passenger — Whether business owes duty of care to injured passenger — Whether risk of personal injury reasonably foreseeable — Whether business had positive duty to guard against risk of theft by minors — Whether illegal conduct could sever any proximity between parties or negate prima facie duty of care — Whether lower courts erred in recognizing duty of care.)