Tuesday, December 14, 2010

B.C. Law Institute Consultation Paper on Proposals for Unfair Contracts Relief

The British Columbia Law Institute published its Consultation Paper on Proposals for Unfair Contracts Relief today.

The B.C. Law Institute is seeking public comments on the proposals. According to today's press release:

"Contract law has traditionally developed case by case in the courts," noted Prof. Joost Blom, Q.C., chair of the BCLI's Unfair Contracts Relief Project Committee. "This consultation paper gives the public the opportunity to participate in policy development on some important longstanding issues in the law of contracts."

The consultation paper contains 46 proposals designed to modernize and clarify how the law of contracts deals with unfairness. Its leading proposal is for British Columbia to enact a Contract Fairness Act. This act would consolidate the major concepts that have evolved in contract law to guard against unfairness.

The consultation paper proposes clarifying the tests for unconscionability, duress, and undue influence and integrating how those concepts operate at the level of procedure and remedy. It proposes establishing an implied duty of good faith in the performance of contracts. And it proposes reforms aimed at modernizing the scope of and remedies available for misrepresentation.

If you wish to comment on the Report, you may provide comments as follows:

by mail:

British Columbia Law Institute

1822 East Mall
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

Attention: Kevin Zakreski

by fax: (604) 822‐0144, or

by email: ucr@bcli.org

For comments to be considered before the British Columbia Law Institute prepares its final report, they must be received no later than May 31, 2011.

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