When Should Casinos Owe a Duty of Care Toward Their Patrons?

  • Erika Chamberlain
  • Robert Simpson
  • Garry Smith

Abstract

With the release of the Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision in Paton Estate, the possibility was left open for a casino to be found to owe a duty of care to patrons who gamble excessively. This article explores the circumstances under which the Anns/Cooper framework could be applied to find that such a duty exists. Specifically, where the gambler is a member of a casino’s customer loyalty program, thereby imputing knowledge of extreme gambling behaviour on the casino, and where the casino has no reason to believe the patron’s losses are sustainable, a duty of care should be imposed. Liability should follow in cases where the casino knowingly contributed to or deliberately ignored these losses.

Published
2019-07-17
How to Cite
Chamberlain, E., Simpson, R., & Smith, G. (2019). When Should Casinos Owe a Duty of Care Toward Their Patrons?. Alberta Law Review, 56(4), 963. https://doi.org/10.29173/alr2542
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