Evaluate and Discuss the concept of “Res Ipsa Loquito” in Strict Liability.

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What is Res Ipsa Loquitor? Liteal eaig the thig speaks fo itself i a gie fat patte o situatio… la sese – Applicability in tort cases: normally the plaintiff has the burden of proof – Diffiult fo plaitiff to poe ase eause does’t hae otol o knowledge of facts – Defendant could easily get rid of plaintiff by bring a motion for a non-suit: Res ipsa loquitor became a way for plaintiff to get past this by forcing the defendant to explain how the accident happened Sometimes interpreted as a rule of evidence that reversed onus onto defendant to prove it was not negligent Res Ipsa Loquitor and the Common Law Flaw – Later, this doctrine was (finally!) over-ruled by the SCC in Fontaine v. Loewen decision (in 1999) Wait…h ae e talkig aout a oe-turned tort doctrine in a course about regulatory law? – Show how the doctrine is based on flawed reasoning and cautions us to avoid using it and to spot it when others are using it – Regulato statutes ofte hae aspets of res ipsa loquitor tpe of thikig ad authors feel a more rigorous analysis is required – The dotie is dead, ut its ghost a still haut us… EX: a disaster has occurred and the reason is unknown. Courts still routinely assume that if the defendant is unable to present evidence to show a regulatory failure occurred, negligence is presumed and liability follows. Representativeness Heuristic – Res ipsa loquitor is logically flawed. Based on a flawed way of thinking known as the Repesetatieess heuisti= eflets a tede of people to jup to conclusions without considering a statistical baseline

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