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HELD: Under the Corporation Code, Naguait is liable bec: (1) he actively managed the business; (2) there was evidence that CFTI obtained reasonably adequate insurance; and (3) there was a corporate tort in this case. Our jurisprudence is wanting to the definite scope of ―corporate tort.‖ Essentially, “tort” consists in the violation of a right given or the omission of a duty imposed by law. Simply stated, it is a breach of legal duty.
-includes assault, batter, false imprisonment, defamation, invasion of privacy and interference of property *Negligence: involves voluntary acts or omissions which result in injury to others, without intending to cause the same -actor fails to exercise due care in performing such acts or omissions *Strict Liability: where the person is made liable independent of fault or negligence upon submission of proof of certain facts DE LEON (pp. 1-3) Tort: common law expression -used in French to mean ―wrong‖, derived from Latin ―tortus‖ meaning twisted, as if to say tortuous conduct is twisted conduct or conduct that departs from the existing norm - a legal wrong that causes harm for which the violator is subject to civil liability -fundamental concept of tort: wrongful act or omission + resulting in breach of a private legal duty (distinguished from a mere breach of contractual duty) + damage from said breach of duty (of such character as to afford a right of redress at law in favor of the injured party against the wrongdoer) Note (explained definition in Naguiat vs. NLRC): the term ―tort‖ used by SC has same meaning as tort in common law jurisdictions, as it was used in cases involving QD and delicts Tortious act: a wrongful act -commission or omission of duty of an act by one, without right, whereby another receives some injury, directly or indirectly, in person, property, or reputation (74 Am. Jur. 2d 620) Essence of tort: defendant‘s potential for civil liability to the victim for harmful wrongdoing and correspondingly Art. 2176, NCC Whoever by act or omission causes damage to another, there being fault or negligence, is obliged to pay for the damage done. Such fault or negligence, if there is no pre-existing contractual relation between the parties, is called a quasi-delict and is governed by the provisions of this Chapter. the victim‘s potential fro compensation or other relief
Torts: not defined in the NCC nor in any Philippine Law BUT many scattered provisions on tortuous acts -usually defines as: (1) what it is not; (2) remedies granted; (3) social/public policy protected Damages: much longer treatment in the NCC; more practical importance on damages Practical Legal Relevance: vehicular accidents Intentional tort: not a delict (any act or omission punishable by law) Why? Intentional act causing damage to another, not a crime Act: intentional, voluntary -damage -may or may not violate a crime Negligence: any act or omission causing damage to another but w/o intent (only difference w/intentional tort) Strict liability: it doesn‘t matter if you‘re negligent or if you intended it as long as sets of circumstances make you liable
CORPORATE TORT: in regards to liability of President of CFTI: no definition of corporate tort 2 definitions: long and short (legal basis) Short definition: from a law dictionary What‘s wrong with the definition in Naguiat? TOO BROAD. Any breach of legal duty becomes a tort (so it would include crimes, QD, breach of contract) …very sloppy definition but it‘s the only case that defines Tort Why SC gave definition of Tort? They had to determine the liability of the officers (Naguiat) so is it part of the ratio of the case? NO. Obiter. They already found CFTI liable under the Labor Code so SC did not need to establish liability through tort AQUINO (pp. 1-2) Tort: taken directly from the French and is derivation of the Latin word ―torquere‖ meaning ―to twist‖ -common law: an unlawful violation of private right, not created by contract, and which gives rise to an action for damages -an act or omission producing an injury to another, without any previous existing lawful relation of which the said act or omission may be said to be a natural outgrowth or incident (other definitions not discussed) -no universal formula for torts liability -includes intentional tort, negligence, and strict liability *Intentional tort: includes conduct where the actor desires to cause the consequences of his act or believes the consequences are substantially certain to result from it.
A. Definitions 1. Tort and Quasi-delict a. Tort Naguiat v NLRC
FACTS: Naguiat is the president and a stockholder of Clark Field Taxi, Inc. (CFT). Due to the phase-out of the US bases in the country, Clark Air Base was closed and the taxi drivers of CFTI were separated from service. The drivers filed a complaint for the payment of sep. pay due to the termination/phase-out. NLRC held Naguiat and the company solidarily liable for the payment of sep. pay. ISSUE: WON Naguait should be held solidarily liable with CFTI. YES.
-so in this case, emphasize scope of culpa aquiliana and delict; why needed? Barredo was arguing that he was not solidarily liable and should only be subsidiarily liable -if applied today, would the result be the same? YES through stare decisis + QD definition changed, removed phrase ―not punishable by law‖
suspension of the civil case pending the determination of the crim case. ISSUE: WON there can be an independent civil action for damage to property during the pendency of the criminal action. YES. HELD: Liability being predicated on a QD, the civil case may proceed as a separate and independent civil action as specifically provided for in Art. 2177 of the CC. Art. 2176 of the CC is so broad that it includes not only injuries to persons but also damage to property. It makes no distinction bet. Damage to persons and damage to property.
A 2176 explanation: First sentence refers to ALL CIVIL LIABILITIES. Second sentence limits QD.
Elcano v Hill
FACTS: In criminal case where Reginald Hill was charged with the killing of Agapito Elcano, the former was acquitted for ―lack of intent to kill, coupled with mistake.‖ The deceased‘s parents thereafter sued Reginald and his father for dmages. CFI dismissed the civil cases on the ground of res judicata. ISSUE: WON the civil action for damages is barred by Hill‘s acquittal in the crim case. NO. HELD: Hill‘s acquittal in the crim case has not extinguished his liability for QD, hence the acquittal is not a bar to the instant civil action. Art. 2176 where it refers to “fault or negligence,” covers not only acts “not punishable by law” but also acts criminal in character, whether intentional and voluntary or negligent.
Barredo v Garcia
FACTS: A Head-on collision between a taxi and carretela resulted in the death of a 16-yr old boy who was a passenger of the carretela. The taxi driver was convicted in a crim case but the right to file a sep civil action was reserved. The parents of the boy sued Barredo, the driver‘s employer for damages. Barredo contends that under the RPC, his liability is only subsidiary, hence he cannot be held liable as no civil action has been filed against the driver. ISSUE: WON the plaintiffs, may bring this separate civil action against Barredo, making him primarily liable as employer under the CC. YES. HELD: The same negligent act causing damage may produce civil liability arising from a crim under the RPC or create an action for quasi-delict under the CC. Thus, there were 2 liabilities of Barredo: a subsidiary one arising from the driver‘s crim negligence nd a primary one as employer under the CC. The plaintiffs were free to choose which course to take, and they preferred the second remedy. They were acting within their rights in doing so.
Relevance: clarified that QD includes damage to property (same highlight in reviewer) Problem: A2191(2) gave example where QD and damage to property [liability of proprietors of excessive smoke]; but this is a Tort on STRICT LIABILITY, not QD!
Baksh v CA
FACTS: Baksh was sued for damages for his breach of promise to marry. CA affirmed TC‘s award of damages, relying on Art. 21 CC. ISSUE: WON damages may be recovered for a breach of promise to marry based on Art. 21 of the CC. YES. HELD: Art. 21 may be applied in a breach of promise to marry where the woman is a victim of moral seduction. Art. 21 is designed to expand the concept of torts or QD in this jurisdiction by granting adequate legal remedy for the untold no. of moral wrongs which is impossible for human foresight to specifically enumerate and punish in the statute books. Art. 2176 which defined a QD is limited to negligent acts or omissions and excludes the notion of willingness or intent. Torts is much broader than culpa aquiliana bec. it includes not only negligence, but intentional criminal acts as well.
-during that time, culpa aquiliana (QD) doesn‘t cover acts against law? A1903, old CC expressly exclude acts not punishable by law -SC needed to have very strong reason not to follow what the old law says because if A1903 applied literally there would be no culpa aquiliana, if read together with RPC (all acts would be under criminal negligence and imprudence)
-why make intentional acts under QD? To make father and son liable -A 2177, NCC expressly points out that there‘s a separate civil liability from criminal negligence BUT it seems to apply to QD only so court dealt with this limitation by upholding the construction that upholds “the spirit that giveth life rather than that which is literal that killeth the intent of the lawmaker” (A2176 is not just QD, so A2177 really has no problem)
Cinco v Canonoy
FACTS: Cinco‘s car and a eepney collided. Cinco filed a civil action for damage to property against the eepney‘s driver and operators. Thereafter, he also filed a crim case against the eepney driver. CFI upheld the
-don‘t apply to compensation of workmen and other employees in cases of death, injury or illness -in other special laws: same rules observed insofar as not in conflict with Civil Code Concept of damages: Damages: the sum of money which the law awards or imposes as pecuniary compensation, recompense, or satisfaction for an injury done or a wrong sustained as a consequence of a breach of a contractual obligation or a tortious act -pecuniary consequences which law imposes for breach of some duty or violation of some right. Kinds: compensatory, punitie, liquidated damages (damages recoverable upon breach of a contract, as stipulated by the parties), nominal damages (given in vindication of a breach of duty which does not result in any actual or pecuniary damages) Damage, damages, injury: material distinctions Injury: Illegal invasion of a legal right Damage: loss, hurt, or harm which results from an injury; in a popular sense, it is the depreciation in value, regardless if caused by a wrongful or legal act; as defined by statutes providing for damages: actionable loss, injury or harm which results from unlawful act, omission or negligence of another -not synonymous to example, fine, penalty, punishment, revenge, discipline, chastisement Damages: recompense or compensation awarded for damages suffered. Pecuniary loss: loss of money or something by which money or something of money value may be acquired
Actual or compensatory damages are those awarded in satisfaction of, or in recompense for, loss or injury sustained. The party claiming such must present the best evidence available such as receipts. Moral damages may be invoked when the complainant has experienced mental anguish, serious anxiety, physical suffering, moral shock and so forth, and had furthermore shown that these were the proximate result of the offender‘s wrongful act or omission.
so what‘s correct? Include or not to include intentional acts? In Baksh, Davide showed role of A21, so he limited A2176 to negligent acts or omissions. A2176 discussion is not necessary for the disposition of the case (OBITER) THEREFORE, QD still includes intentional acts! ***Issue: WON QD covers intentional acts or not? If it covers intentional acts.. Fr litigation pt of view: it doesn‘t matter Fr academic pt of view: it matters!
Custodio v CA
FACTS: Custodio et al built an adobe fence making the passageway to Mabasa‘s apartment narrower. Mabasa filed a civil action for the grant of easement of right of way against them. CA, aside from granting right of way, awarded damages to Mabasa. ISSUE: WON award of damages was proper. NO HELD: In the case at bar, although there was damage, there was no legal injury. Custodio et al‘s act of constructing a fence within their lot is a valid exercise of their right as owners. Injury is the illegal invasion of a legal right. Damage is the loss, hurt or harm, which results from the injury. Damages are the recompense or compensation awarded fro the damage suffered. Thus, there can be damage without injury in those instances in which the loss or harm was not the result of a violation of a legal duty. These situations are often called damnum absque injuria. In such cases, the consequences must be borne by the injured person alone.
AQUINO (pp. 842-843) -Reason behind the NCC Title on Damages: to see to it that whenever a right is transgressed, every manner of loss or injury is compensated for in some way or another. -A2195, NCC: provisions on damages are applicable to all obligations regardless of source (delict, QD, contract, or quasi-contract). -A2196: rules under title of damages are w/o prejudice to special provisions on damages provided elsewhere in the Code. -A2198: principles of general law on damages are adopted insofar as they are not inconsistent with the NCC. -Indemnity has to be proportionate to the fault and to the loss caused thereby. -In actions for damages, courts should award an amount (money value) to the winning party and not its equivalent in property. SANCO, (pp. 940-941) Basis of Law: introduced in NCC mostly from American Law since they were either not expressly recognized or rarely allowed under old code, particularly on subject of moral damages Scope of applicability of provisions on damages: applicable to all obligations arising from sources enumerated in A1157, NCC, without prejudice to special provisions on damages formulated elsewhere in said code.
People v Ballesteros
FACTS: Ballesteros et al were convicted of murder. They were ordered to pay actual, compensatory, and moral damages to the heirs of the deceased. ISSUE: WON damages were correctly awarded. YES HELD: Damages may be defined as the pecuniary compensation, recompense, or satisfaction for an injury sustained, or as otherwise expressed, the pecuniary consequences which the law imposes for the breach of some duty or the violation of some right.
b. Damnum absque injuria
AQUINO (pp. 843-845) -―There is no liability even if there is damage because there was no injury.‖ Mere damage without injury does not result in liability. -A related maxim is qui jure suo utitir nullum damnum facit – one who exercises a right does no injury.
available are embodied in different provisions of the code. E.g. Arts. 32, 33, 34, 35, and 36; A2199 on contributory negligence and proximate cause (however, a blending of American and Spanish-Philippine Law) NCC
-When Penal Code revised, RPC retained what is now contained in A100; Rules on CRimPro retained what is contained in Rule 107 (check if still correct) 2. Civil Liability arising from QD A1902: Any person who by an act or omission causes damage to another by his fault or negligence shall be liable fro the damage done In re: A1903: punish wrongful acts or omissions not punishable by law -said articles are not applicable to acts of negligence which constitute either punishable offenses(delicts) or breach of contract. -thus, the liability of employers, et. al. under now A2180 are only subsidiary (in accordance with penal laws) -QD or culpa aquiliana or extra-contractual culpa: causative act or omission not punished by law and is done ONLY negligently, where civil liability could arise as governed by the Civil Code (not by penal laws), and the party aggrieved could file an ordinary civil action for damages using only preponderance of evidence. It gives rise only to civil liability. Here, the employer‘s liability for his employee‘s NONCRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE is direct and primary and not subsidiary, and he could be directly imputed in an action for recovery of damages. -an act or omission will give rise to civil liability only if it causes damage or injury to another or others.
Custodio v CA, supra
―Thus, there can be damage without injury in those instances in which the loss or harm was not the result of a violation of a legal duty. These situations are often called damnum absque injuria.‖
SANGCO (pp. xxxi-xl) B. History and Development AQUINO (pp.1-5)
―Tort‖ provisions in our NCC were derived from Spanish, French and Anglo-American Law. Therefore, RP SC borrows heavily from decisions of the Court in other countries especially Spain and US and relies from annotation of foreign author. Roman Law served as main inspiration of NCC, as quite evident in the field of QD: it added 4 new category of obligations that arise quasi ex delicto (a. liability of a judge who misconducts a case or gives a wrong decision; b. liability of an occupier of a building for double the damage caused by anything thrown or forced out of the building, no matter by whom, on to a public place[A2193]; c. liability of the occupier if he keeps any object suspended from the building which would do damage if it fell; and d. the liability of the shop keeper, innkeeper, or keeper of a stable for any theft or damage caused by slaves or employees, or in case of the innkeepers, of permanent residents [A2000].) -Code Commission initially wanted to adopt the word ―tort‖ in our NCC but decided later against it because “tort” in Anglo-American law “is much broader (includes negligence, intentional criminal acts, false imprisonment, deceit) than the Spanish-Philippine concept of obligations arising from non-contractual negligence. Intentional acts would be governed by RPC. However, some provisions used ―tort‖ and therefore recognize it as a source of liability [Sec22 & 100, Corporation Code; Art.68 Child and Youth Welfare Code; Sec. 17(a)(6) of the Ship Mortgage Decree]. Even SC used the term tort in deciding cases involving negligent acts or omissions as well as involving intentional acts. They defined it in Naguiat vs. NLRC. -There is an evident intent to adopt the common law concept of tort and to incorporate the different, intentional and unintentional common law torts in the NCC. Tortious conduct for which civil remedies are Civil Code of the Philippines: based on Civil Code of 1889 (Spanish and French in origin); but many provisions from codes of other countries were adopted. Rules from Anglo-American law were adopted because of element of American culture that has been incorporated into Fil life during US occupation; because economic relations that continue between US and RP; and because US and English Courts have developed certain equitable rules that are not recognized in the 1889 Civil Code 1889 Civil Code 1. Civil Liability Arising From Criminal Offenses A1089: Civil obligations arise only from law, contracts, quasi-contracts, acts or omissions punished by law and quasi-delicts. -civil obligations from crime or misdemeanor was governed only by Penal Code (A1092) so when criminal action was instituted, the civil action arising from the crime is impliedly instituted with the criminal action unless the offended party expressly waives the civil action or reserves his right to institute it separately (A122, Law of CrimPro) -right to recover damages arising from crime is completely dependent on the result of the criminal case. If an earlier civil action is instituted, upon start of criminal case, the civil action is suspended and would be determined by the result of the criminal case. If criminal action is dismissed, civil action is also deemed dismissed, regardless if instituted with the criminal action or separately. Civil liability is treated as purely incidental to the criminal liability of the offender. The cases of Springer vs. Odin, Rakes vs. Atlantic Gulf and Pacific Co., US vs. Guy Sayco, US vs. Bernardo, and Wise & Co. vs. Larion were ruled using this principle. As ruled in rakes, any civil action not predicated on offense committed or charged (based on law, contract, quasicontract, or QD) cannot be instituted with the criminal action.
DE LEON (pp.4-8)
Tort law emerged out of criminal law; originally concerned principally with violent breaches of the place. (1) Common law tort – judges usually define what counts as torts and how compensation is to be measured. Still, a statute or even Consti may make certain conduct legally wrongful and may permit recovery of damages for such conduct. (2) No clear distinction between tort and crime – initially, this was the case sine the development of anything like a clearly formulated conception of a tort is comparatively recent. (3) Notion of tort as a specific wrong – there was an attempt in 1720 to consider several specific wrongs in a work consolidating them under the general heading of torts. Torts of a specific character have been increasing. (4) Place of torts in the Philippine law – even if RP was a civil law country, some of the provisions
THE CONCEPT OF QUASI-DELICT A. CFI dismissed the civil action holding that the right to file a separate civil action was not reserved and that the action was not based on QD. (4) no preexisting contractual relation. Casis mentioned 4. NO HELD: The action was based on QD and it may proceed independently. in the 1889 CC dealth with cases of the nature of torts + with US occupation.TORTS AND DAMAGES FACTS: A public utility car and a bus collided. 2176. and (3) the connection of cause and effect between the negligence and the damage. is obliged to pay for the damage done. Bus company and driver filed a motion to dismiss. The Andamos filed a criminal case for destruction by means of inundation. Functions or goals of tort law Medieval England: discourage violence and revenge Today: compensation of injured persons and deterrence of undesirable behavior: System of thoughts (sorry. resulting in injuries to Garcia et al. Excessive speed in violation of traffic rules is a clear indication of negligence. Elements Art. Important: Take note of 4 elements of QD: (1) acts or omission constituting negligence. The essential averments for a QD action are present in this case. namely: (1) act or omission of private respondents. was guilty. Garcia et al filed a civil action for damages against the owners and drivers of both vehicles. and (3) the connection of cause and effect between the fault or negligence of the defendant and the damages incurred by the plaintiff. ISSUE: WON the dismissal of the case was proper. (3) physical injuries and other damages sustained by petitioners as a result of the collision. if there is no pre-existing contractual relation between the parties. Such fault or negligence. liability imposed when and only when it is ―right‖ to do so (2) Social utility or policy – a good-for-all-of-us view: provide a system of rules that works toward the good of society (3) Legal process – litigation process is a good to be preserved rather than abstract ideal of justice or social utility (4) potential conflicts – between justice and policy outlook and legal process outlook (5) distribution of loss – the cost of loss suffered by plaintiff is not simply transferred to the defendant but is distributed through the defendant to a large number of individuals (6) redress of social grievances – tort law a popular mechanism that permits ordinary people to put authority on trial (7) a mixed system – tort law a ―mixed‖ set of functions CLASSES OF TORTS: Property torts and Personal torts CLASS NOT E Important: Take note of 3 elements of QD: (1) damages suffered by plaintiff. In order to recover damages. CLASS NOT E II. no parallelism in the enumeration of de leon): (1) Morality or corrective justice – defendants should be liable fro harms they wrongfully caused and no others. the following must be established: (1) damages to the plaintiff. HELD: NO. The civil case was dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. The allegation that private respondents violated traffic rules does not detract from the nature and the character of the actions as one based on culpa aquiliana. The case mentions 5 elements but Prof. there being fault or negligence. NCC Whoever by act or omission causes damage to another. property of the Andamo spouses. (2) negligence by act or omission of which defendant personally. resulting in an explosion which led to David‘s loss of his right eye. or some other person for whose acts he must respond. This allegedly caused flooding and damage to the adjacent lot. (3) direct causal connection between damage and act or omission. David and Manuel ignited the contents of the cap. All the elements of QD are present in the complaint. The civil action was based on QD and may proceed independently of the criminal case. Andamo v CA FACTS: The Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette caused the construction of waterpaths and contrivances Garcia v Florido Jec . ISSUE: WON the dismissal of the civil case was proper. (2) fault or negligence of the defendant. (2) fault or negligence of defendant. a number of laws patterned after Anglo-American models have been passed amplifying the field of torts in Philippine legal system. (3) fault of defendant caused damages suffered by plaintiff Taylor v MERALCO FACTS: 15-year old David Taylor with 2 others (Manuel and Jessie) experimented with detonating caps were taken from the premises of MERALCO. HELD: NO. and (5) the absence of preexisting contractual relations between the parties. (2) presence of fault or negligence or lack of due care in the operation of the passenger bus by its driver resulting in the collision. as the crim case was field ahead of it. to wit: (1) damages suffered by the plaintiff. and later also filed a civil action for damages against respondent corporation. or some person for whose acts it must respond. PAGE 5 in its compound. (2) damage. ISSUE: WON the plaintiff can recover damages in this case. David‘s father filed an action for damages. is called a quasi-delict and is governed by the provisions of this Chapter. (4) existence of direct causal connection between the damage or prejudice and the fault or negligence of private respondents. The chief of police filed a criminal case against the bus driver.
At Barredo v Garcia. based upon what society demands of the individual rather than upon his own notion of what is proper. or direct and immediate consequence of defendant‘s culpable act or omission Proximate cause is determined on the facts of each case upon mixed considerations of logic. common sense. NCC Responsibility for fault or negligence under the preceding article is entirely separate and distinct from the civil liability arising from negligence under the Penal Code. Tayag v Alcantara FACTS: Tayag who was riding on a bicycle along McArthur Highway was bumped by a bus and died.‖ Negligence is conduct. The culpability of the actor‘s conduct must be judged in the light of the possibilities apparent to him at the time and not by looking backward ―with the wisdom born of the event. namely: 1) Act or omission constituting fault or negligence on the part of private respondent. who must prove it. the acquittal of the driver in the crim case is not a bar to the civil case for damages based on QD. and individuality that is entirely apart and independent from crime.‖ Misfeasance is active misconduct working positive injury to others. supra RULE: A QD or culpa aquiliana is a separate legal institution under the CC. precaution and vigilance which the circumstances reasonably impose. time and place. doing or failing to do an act from which material damage results by reason of inexcusable lack of precaution on the part of the person performing or failing to perform such act. physical condition and other circumstance regarding persons. but without malice. and to guard against them. while nonfeasance is passive inaction or failure to take steps to protect them from harm CLASS NOT ES Quasi-Delict Private interest Civil Code Any kind of negligence Delict Public interest Penal Code Punished only by penal law fault of Jec . CLASS Important: Qualification of negligence – fault or negligence is a source of obligation when between such negligence and the injury there exists the relation of cause and effect 2. 87-90) QD liability presupposes 2 conditions: (1) a connection of cause and effect between the person liable and the fact from which damage results. The petitioner‘s COA being based on a QD. act or omission I SANGCO (pp. When the danger is great a high degree of care is necessary. or believe they will.TORTS AND DAMAGES NOT E Liability in tort may be predicated upon an injury resulting from an unlawful or illegal act or omission. or contrary to law It must be shown that the damage to the plaintiff. B. 3) Direct causal relation between the damage and the act or omission. (2) a fault of this person. There is merely a risk of such consequences sufficiently great to lead a reasonable man in his position to anticipate them. degree of intelligence.‖ The standard must be one of conduct. Imprudence and Negligence. These are not cases of omissions. A crim case was also filed against the bus driver. Negligence is a matter of risk – that is to say. rather than consequences. Quasi-delict v Delict Art 2177. HELD: No. 3. RPC. they are cases of positive action. taking into consideration his employment or occupation. Art 365. which implies at once an act of intelligent volition that is illicit. and 4) No pre-existing contractual relation between the parties. CFI sustained private respondents‘ MTS the civil case on the ground of lack of COA due to the acquittal of the bus driver in the crim case. with a substantially all its own. for the protection of the interest of another person. ISSUE: WON the dismissal of the civil case was proper. CLASS NOT E Important: There must exist a direct causal connection 1. 2) Damage caused by the said act or omission. that degree of care. 1-4) Conduct may be legally described in terms of action and inaction or ―misfeasance‖ or ―nonfeasance. All the essential averments for a QD action are present. of cognizable danger of injury. not a state of mind or the use of sound judgment. fault or negligence I SANGCO (p5-7) Negligence is the ―failure to observe. nor does he know that they are substantially to occur. cause damage I SANGCO (pp. whether injury is on property or person - PAGE 6 the same time. the standard imposed must be an external one. His heirs sued the bus owner and driver for damages. and the failure to observe it is a want of ordinary care. Reckless imprudence consists in voluntarily. The actor does not desire to bring about the consequences which follow. But the plaintiff cannot recover damages twice for the same act or omission of the defendant. Intentional omissions must not be treated as cases of negligence. Simple imprudence consists in the lack of precaution displayed in those cases in which the damage impending to be caused is not immediate not he danger clearly manifest. Distinguished A. policy and precedent. was the natural and probable. The bus driver was acquitted in the crim case on the ground of reasonable doubt.
The civil liability is not extinguished by acquittal where the acquittal is based on reasonable count as only a preponderance of evidence is required in civil cases. and other circumstances regarding persons. time and place CLASS NOT E Important: Clarified 2000 Rules of Court B. ISSUE: WON CA erred in requiring petitioners to pay damages after acquitting them of the criminal charge. then the former‘s subsidiary civil liability has also become immediately enforceable. the civil actions referred to in Arts 32. the subsidiary liability of the employer under Art 103. HELD: The subsidiary liability of Phil. CA acquitted them of the charge of grave coercion based on reasonable doubt but ordered them to pay damages. pursuant to a municipal ordinance. Hence. HELD: Her guilt was not proved BRD. together with policemen and a civilian. and was sentenced to suffer imprisonment and to pay damages. however. a municipal mayor. The two can stand side by side.TORTS AND DAMAGES Preponderance evidence of There is nothing contrary to Art 29. extinguish the civil liability unless there is a clear showing that the act from which civil liability might arise did not exist.CC in the rendition of a judgment of acquittal and a judgment awarding damages in the same criminal action. Philippine Rabbit v People FACTS: Philippine Rabbit‘s employee was convicted of reckless imprudence resulting in triple homicide. Rabbit is incidental to and dependent on the pecuniary civil liability of the accused-employee. Responsibility arising from fraud is demandable in all obligations. was convicted of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide. the Court finds her civilly liable for the death of Lydia Umali. Thus. 34 & 2176 of the CC shall remain separate. for while a conviction requires proof BRD. The judgment of acquittal extinguishes civil liability only when it includes a declaration that the facts from which the civil liability might arise did not exist. Those who in the performance of their obligations are guilty of fraud. Guilt beyond reasonable doubt People v Ligon FACTS: Based on the testimony of a taxi driver. Gabat‘s guilt has not been established beyond reasonable doubt. CLASS NOT ES CLASS NOT E Need to indemnify heirs even if not criminally liable. It does not follow that a person who is not criminally liable is also free from civil liability. but preponderance of evidence establishes that by his ct or omission. he caused damage to the victim and should answer civilly for the damage done. Phil Rabbit‘s notice of appeal was dismissed. FACTS: Ninevetch Cruz. Under the 2000 Rules of Crim Proc. Any waiver of an action for future fraud is void. physical condition. While the guilt of the accused in a criminal case must be established BRD. (2) doing or failure to do the act is voluntary. Padilla v CA FACTS: Padilla. RPC. Jec . However. with fault and negligence. ISSUE: WON Cruz‘s conviction is supported by the evidence. are liable for damages. 1171. 33. HELD: NO. demolished a store and took away its contents. degree of intelligence. (5) there is inexcusable lack of precaution on the part of the offender. reserves the rt to institute it separately. The 2000 Rules of Crim Proc deleted the requirement of reserving independent civil actions and allowed these to proceed separately from criminal actions. Quasi-Delict v. and those who in any manner contravene the tenor thereof. distinct and independent of any crim prosecution based on the same act. the civil liability of the accused arising from the crime is deemed impliedly instituted in a crim action unless the offended party waives the action. or institutes it prior to the crim action. Breach of Contract Art. 1170. Since the civil liability of the latter has become final and executory by reason of his flight. ISSUE: WON an employer who dutifully participated in the defense of its accused employee may appeal the judgment of conviction independently of the accused. NO. Art. (4) material damage results from the reckless imprudence. or delay. ISSUE: WON Gabat‘s guilt was proven BRD. Cruz v CA HELD: NO. a surgeon. multiple physical injuries and damage to property. A judgment of acquittal operates to extinguish the criminal liability. (3) without malice.. only a preponderance of evidence is required to establish civil liability. It does not. taking into consideration his employment or occupation. Important: elements of reckless imprudence: (1) the offender does or fails to do an act. Gabat was convicted of Robbery with Homicide committed against a 17-yo student working as a cigarette vendor. PAGE 7 The driver jumped bail. negligence. only a preponderance of evidence is required in a civil action for damages. may be enforced by execution on the basis of the judgment of conviction meted out to the employee.
The contract to transport carries with it the duty to provide safe means of entering and leaving the train. what plaintiff needs to prove What is the breach of contract committed? Negligence. you can base the action on quasi-delict. paragraph 2. 1903 not applicable in cases where there is preexisting relationship Cangco did not pay for his fare so why is a contract of carriage at issue? It should be a contract of employment. MR argues that  the breach was due to negligence of servant and  it exercised due diligence in selection and supervision. His foot alighted upon a melon at the moment he stepped upon the platform. The fault or negligence of the obligor consists in the omission of that diligence which is required by the nature of the obligation and corresponds with the circumstances of the persons. and  under Art 1756. the presumption is that common carriers acted negligently (and not maliciously) Doctrine: case: Differences between QD and BoC in this Under QD Anywhere there are physical injuries (Art 2219) Under BoC Recoverable only if passenger dies or there is malice or bad faith (proof of due diligence not available) Injury to passenger. The negligence need not be proven 4. Plaintiff with a pre-existing contractual relation may still sue for QD so long as ―had there been a no contract. Fores v Miranda FACTS: Miranda was a passenger of a jeep which hit a wall and fractured his right humerus. according to the circumstances. Art. He sues under contract of carriage. CA awarded him with moral damages. 1172. HELD: SC deleted moral damages. When a contractual relation exists. The provisions of articles 1172 to 1174 are also applicable to a quasi-delict. Responsibility arising from negligence in the performance of every kind of obligation is also demandable. Moral damages are not recoverable for actions based on BoC unless there is bad faith. moral damages CLASS NOT ES 2. 1. or contract. failure to exercise due care Art. if you sue for negligence. No need to prove it was carrier‘s Fault of or 3.Therefore. 2178. When negligence shows bad faith. Held: MR is liable. defendant employer‘s defense PAGE 8 True of False-a breach of contract is not a basis for QD: FALSE Court in Sangco said that the circle is CONCENTRIC: QD is larger and that culpa contractual is the yolk So Cangco doesn‘t say that the two are mutually exclusive and therefore Cangco is consistent with Air France Vinculum juris distinction doesn‘t matter because here the act & the breach coincided Art. It is unnecessary for plaintiff for BoC to prove the breach was due to negligence. shall apply. There was no bad faith because:  mere carelessness of the driver does not justify the inference of bad faith. the provisions of articles 1171 and 2201. 1173. and QDs are broader. Notes: Negligence for BoC and QD are defined in the same way as provided by Art 2178. the obligor may break the contract by means of an act which would have constituted a violation of an extracontractual obligation had no contract existed. that which is expected of a good father of a family shall be required. what a plaintiff needs to prove Cangco v Manila Railroad FACTS: Cangco‘s arm was amputated because he was drawn from under a railroad car. If the law or contract does not state the diligence which is to be observed in the performance. there is still a quasi-delict. but such liability may be regulated by the courts.‖ Notes: SC held there was a contract of carriage even if Cangco did not pay for a ticket. What was the breach? Failure to exercise due diligence This is a landmark case because there is a glaring statement in Cangco that contradicts the other cases Proof of due diligence in selection and supervision Carrier‘s fault or negligence CLASS NOT ES Jec . defendant carrier‘s defense 3. MERALCO was held liable for breach of contract. vinculum juris (legal tie) Independent the breach of the duty assumed by the parties The contract and its nonperformance. He sues for negligence in the performance of a contract. Sir took note of the 4 main differences of QD and BoC in this case: Under QD Presumptive liability Rebut presumption through proof of the exercise of due care in selection and supervision Created by the wrongful or negligent act/omission itself Defendant‘s fault or negligence Under BoC Direct and immediate Prove performance contract contributory negligence 1. Art. delict. of the time and of the place.TORTS AND DAMAGES Doctrine: QD and BoC are concentric. liability of defendant employer 2. Also.
His parents sued PSBA and its officers under A2180 for ther negligence. an act or omission can nonetheless amount to an actionable tort by itself. the SC ordered the remand of the case because there was a contractual obligation to provide both education and security. it ruled that A2176 can apply if a contract exists. Air France argues that there was no finding of bad faith to justify the award of moral damages HELD: Although there was a pre-existing contract. Trial must proceed to determine if the breach was due to negligence. HELD: The school is not liable under QD because  A2180 applies only if damage was caused by students or pupils  a 2176 applies only if there isno contractual relation. But in the latter part. If there is no contract. which is a violation of a public duty. the act or omission complained of cannot by itself be an actionable tort. malice (Art 2231) reckless. Casis. PAGE 9 Passengers have a right to be treated by the carrier‘s employees with kindness. CLASS NOT E Qualifies Air France case: QD should be independent of BoC CLASS NOT ES Statement that you can‘t sue for QD when there is a contract is mere obiter. courtesy and due consideration. his employer. award for Gross negligence Act that is exemplary as to wanton. why discuss this? To determine damages contradicts A2176? No. Does not say that when there is a contract. Case is not basis of mutual exclusivity CLASS NOT ES Doctrine: The act that breaks the contract may also be a tort. This is tort not QD PSBA v CA FACTS: A PSBA student was stabbed and killed by non-students while in the school premises. Moral damages were deleted because negligence in failing to give personal notice to Luna is not gross as to amount to malice or bad faith. the stress of the action was put on the wrongful expulsion. without a preexisting contract between 2 parties. good customs or public policy) Rakes v Atlantic FACTS: Rakes‘s leg was amputated because it was crushed by an iron rail he was carrying on a hand car for Atlantic. ―the act that breaks the contract may also bea tort‖ only applies if the BoC was done in  bad faith and  in violation of Art 21 (willfully causing loss or injury to another in a manner that is contrary to morals. HELD: Complaint is based on contract because without the contract. award for Injury If there was bad moral damages faith or gross negligence 2. A2176 expressly excludes cases where there is a pre-existing contractual relationship. RTC and CA awarded moral damages. Defendants argue that they are not covered by 2180 as they are an academic institution. Court already decided that employee is liable Art 1092 & 1903 come from pre existing relationship Rakes is not the basis of the doctrine that quasi-delict may arise from breach of contract. But even if there is a pre-existing contractual relationship. QD not applicable when there is a contract According to Prof. there is still a cause of action for quasi-delict since it is not expressly prohibited. Exemplary damages were deleted because DOCTRINE: The test to determine whether QD can be deemed to underlie the BoC s where. respect. Atlantic argues that remedey for injuries through negligence lies only in a criminal action HELD: Atlantic‘s liability to Rakes ariss out of the contract of employment because failure to provide or maintain safe appliances for its workmen Doctrine: Employer‘s liability arising out of negligence in contract of employment may be enforced separate from criminal action. However. you can‘t sue for QD. CLASS NOT E Far East v CA FACTS: Plaintiff Luna got a Far East credit card which was dishonored at a despedida party due to a hotlist policy compelled by the loss of the complementary card. just obiter. The ruling on the interpretation of A2176 is not ratio. RTC awarded him moral and exemplary damages. it does not mean that there is no existing relationship Notes: Differences between QD and BoC in this case: Unde QD Under BoC 1. not ratio. recklessness and lack of security measures.TORTS AND DAMAGES He sues for damages. He sues for damages because of Atlantic‘s negligence in not repairing the weakened track. oppressive or malevolent (Art. This statement (can‘t have QD if there‘s a contract) contradicts Air France yet later on it cites Air France Jec . damages approximate fraudulent. the court said that A2176 only applies if no contract exists. which is a QD. Doctrine: Qualified Air France v Carrasco‘s pronouncement by saying the phrase. 2232) Air France v Carrasco FACTS: Carraso was told by the manager that he must st vacate his 1 class seats because a white man who had a better right to it. RTC and CA denied motion to dismiss.
. AQUINO (pp. Damage or injury to plaintiff d. Employer‘s responsibility presumptive 3. Concurrence of Causes of Action . QD. the second statement of 2176 defines a QD but it is not laying down a rule that when there is a pre-existing contractual relationship.157-160) 1. and also 1170. Culpa Aquiliana Distinguished from Culpa Contractual De Leon (pp. the diligence to be observed in the performance of a contractual obligation is that which is expected of a good father of a family. ―the existence of a contract does not preclude the commission of a QD. 2183. delict. An act or omission by defendant b. or BoC) . Contractual responsibility and extracontractual liability exclude each other and cannot be cumulated. CA determined that there was no negligence. Prof. there can be no QD.e.Far East Banc v. 2178 Based on voluntary act or omission which has caused damage to another Requires only preponderance of evidence 4. Negligence is not presumed. 1172-1174 under Art. where an act which constitutes a breach would have itself constituted the source of a quasi-delictual liability has the contract not existed. Direct relation of cause and effect between act or omission and the damage e. not QD. To be established with satisfactory evidence c. Culpa Aquiliana and Culpa Contractual Distinguished Culpa Aquiliana (QD) Culpa Contractual (BoC) Wrongful or negligent The act or omission is act or omission itself merely an incident in the source of the the performance of an obligation obligation Plaintiff has burden to Plaintiff need not prove the defendant plead or prove it was was at fault or defendants fault or negligent negligence No presumption that Mere proof of defendant was at fault existence of a contract or negligent and its breach raises presumption of fault or negligence Governed by Art.liability for a tort may arise even under a contract.include all acts Narrow – punished where any fault or only if there is a penal negligence intervenes law punishing it Employer‘s liability is Employer‘s liability is direct and primary subsidiary 3. Requisites of QD: a.TORTS AND DAMAGES Culpa Aquiliana (QD) Independent contract Defense is available Culpa Contractual (BoC) Foundation of liability is the contract and its breach No defense of diligence of a good father of a family in the selection and supervision of employees employer‘s liability is direct and immediate 2. Fault or negligence by defendant c. Governed by Arts. Air France is safer. 2176. Only under Arts. HELD: Action is based on BoC. CA – a single act or omission may give rise to two or more causes of action (i. and 2191 is presumed and burden of proof shifts to defendant QD arising from BoC a. 2180. Falls on the person claiming damages b. the breach of which being merely incidental to the commission of the tort. CLASS NOT ES The notes in this case are rather confusing. Tort liability arises from BoC when the is act or omission is in itself wrongful independent of the contract. Plus. Casis asks how putting a hole in the vault would prevent water from entering it. Culpa Aquiliana Distinguished from Crimes Culpa Aquiliana (QD) Crimes Affect Private Public Interest Concerns Indemnification Penal Code Punishes Repairs Damage or Corrects Broad.1174 governed by Art. Syquia v CA FACTS: The parents and siblings of the deceased Syquia file suit for damages arising from BoC and/or QD against Manila Memorial Park Cemetery because the coffin was flooded due to a hole in the wall of the concrete vault placed by defendants. where tirt us that which breaks the contract. is 2. No pre-existing contractual relationship Jec . Memorial exercise the diligence of a good father of a family in preventing the accumulation of the water inside the vault which would have resulted in the caving in of earth around the grave filling the same with earth.‖ b. 25-26) 1. it said ―tort‖ referring to first sentence of 2176 such that if there is preexisting contractual relationship there can still be a tort. then any negligence would be actionable under BoC. Based on the cases. Doctrines: If there is a pre-existing contractual relation.  If there is no stipulation or legal provision to the contrary. There is no stipulation that the vault would be waterproof. PAGE 10 Burden of Proof a. The Deed of Sale and Certificate of Perpetual Care govern the relation of the parties and defined their rights and obligations.
Doctrine: If a person‘s conduct is characterized by s proper degree of care and prudence. Stopped 2. Test: prudent man o fictitious character: ordinary prudent man o can be reasonably foreseen o knowledge of tortfeasor at that time Picart v Smith FACTS: Picart improperly pulled his horse on the right side (wrong side of the road) of the bridge. Jec . Omniscience of the future is not a requirement. 23-27) Actionable negligence may either be culpa contractual. A prudent man ―would have recognized that the course which he was pursuing was fraught with risk. He should look and listen and do everything that a reasonably prudent man would do before he attempts to cross the track. Test of negligence – ―would a prudent man… foresee harm to the person injured as a reasonable consequence of the course about to be pursued?‖ 3. he was negligent. Take note however. Thus. Sir thinks that the ruling is problematic because had the car veered away. When negligence shows bad faith. 21. Doctrines: 1.‖ Smith should have: 1. The Constitutive fact of negligence is the reasonable foresight of harm. would ordinarily be sufficient to throw a sober man from the vehicle. the provisions of articles 1171 and 2201. culpa aquiliana and criminal negligence. base action on Art. Definition. of the time and of the place. followed by the ignoring of the admonition born of this pre-vision. Slowed down or 3. Veered to the right. paragraph 2 shall apply.  the train driver had already applied its brakes and was running at 23-30kph. it would then be on the improper side of the road. Notes: Sir asks the question following the doctrine: If this happened today. Doctrine: Negligence is defined as the ―want of care required by the circumstances. an action for damages for the negligent acts of the defendant may be based on contract. that a person can be expected to take care only when there is something before them to suggest or warn of danger. 1173 The fault or negligence of the obligor consists in the omission of that diligence which is required by the nature of the obligation and corresponds with the circumstances of the persons. Smith drove his car toward the horse. Husband was negligent because  one approaching a railroad crossing do so cautiously and carefully. HELD: Wright was not negligent because the sudden falling of the horse. Elements Art. would an intoxicated driver be held liable for hitting a man? CLASS Note from discussion: (hindi ko alam kung saang case to related) if there is a pre-existing contractual relation. 2. NEGLIGENCE A. Wright v MERALCO FACTS: An intoxicated Wright was thrown off his calesa after it was pitched forward by Meralco‘s protruding railtrack. stopped and allowed the train to pass. Concept of Negligence 1. If the law or contact does not state the diligence which is to be observed in the performance. III. CLASS NOTES definition: conduct is said to be negligent when a prudent man in the position of the tortfeasor would have foreseen that an effect harmful to another was sufficiently probable to warrant his foregoing conduct or guarding against its consequences.  a prudent man under similar circumstances would have heeded the siren of the oncoming train. The horse got spooked and got killed.TORTS AND DAMAGES NOT ES HELD: Smith is liable for damages because applying the standard of a prudent man. HELD: Complaint is dismissed.‖ It is not an absolute term and its application depends upon the situation of the parties and the degree of care and vigilance which CLASS NOT ES AQUINO on negligence (pp. and would have foreseen harm to the horse and rider as a reasonable consequence of that course. PAGE 11 although not as negligent as Meralco in failing to maintain the tract. and  he had the duty to stop his jeep to avoid a collision because the driver of the locomotive was not qualified to do so at the time. Notes: The car was on the proper side of the bridge. quasi-delict or delict. - CLASS NOTES mere intoxication is not in itself negligence inconclusive factor Corliss v Manila FACTS: Plaintiff orliss‘ husband died of some serious burns because the jeep he was driving collided with Manila Railroad‘s train at the railroad crossing because of his eagerness to beat the locomotive and reach the other side. that which is expected of a good father of a father of a family shall be required. veering away only when the car was only a few feet away from the horse. Both appealed. it is immaterial whether hi is drunk or sober. CFI awarded him damages but apportioned the same since he was negligent as well. The bases of liability are separate and distinct from each other even if only one act or omission is involved.
Standard of conduct 1. HELD: The average motorist alert to road conditions would have had no difficulty applying the brakes to a car traveling at the speed claimed by him. or that it was the result of an inevitable accident. (this was in Taylor. the prudent men children experts.in. PAGE 12 people would be looking up) in determining WON defendant was negligent. This also might mean Art 80 RPC)??? CLASS NOT ES Far Eastern v CA The new law on negligence of children would still not affect the laws on negligence outlined by Sangco because it does not expressly repeal the provisions of the RPC.  The presumption of fault against a moving vessel that strikes a stationary object is rebuttable by proof that the driver was without fault. whereby such other person suffers injury the emergency rule can be considered a defense. Also there was no contributory negligence because the Emergency Rule exempts plaintiff from negligence since the time for reflective thought or opportunity to weight the situation was absent because she was confronted by danger. 4. HELD: Defendant is liable for exemplary damages since there was gross negligence in failing in its duty to insure the safety of the viewers because the tendency of the viewers on the deck would be to look to where the planes and the incoming passengers are and not to look down on the floor or pavement. Manila negligence is conduct which creates an undue risk of harm to others it is the failure to observe that degree of care. Doctrines:  An object can still be placed negligently even if it has a ‗legitimate purpose‘ for being there.  Definition of gross negligence as equivalent to ―notorious negligence‖ which ―consists in the failure to exercise even slight care‖ Notes: SC. The shipmaster is liable because of his blind reliance on the compulsory pilot and because he ―supinely stood by‖ with no watchful vigilance on his part. 2. The Prudent Man Picart v Smith Doctrines:  The standard of care is that of a ―prudent man‖  the conduct of a prudent man is determined ―in the light of human experience an in the particular case‖ I Sangco (pp. But sir asks.e. RPC A minor fifteen years of age is presumed to be capable of committing a crime and is to be held criminally liable therefore. Therefore his failure to be alert must be due either to his intoxication or his speeding. Jec . He argues that he is not liable because of her contributory negligence in parking in a no-park zone and he was driving at a safe speed of 55kph. The compulsory pilot is liable because he failed to react (or reacted too late) and because he miscalculated the bulk and size of the vessel. Notes: The defense of liability of another person is not available to join tortfeasors. Professionals intoxication insanity Valenzuela v CA FACTS: Plaintiff Valenzuela was hit by defendant‘s car while she was attending to a flat tire.law.‖ Nevertheless as provided by the SC in this case. the collision was the fault of the stationary object.standard of conduct must be: i. precaution and vigilance which the circumstance justly demand. Notes: Sir says that based on jurisprudence. external and objective ii. Every case must be dependent of its facts. Notes: SC took into consideration ―normal human circumstances‖ in determining WON defendant was negligent. Doctrines:  adds to the definition in Corliss v. the standard of care required for crossing railroads is ―stop. Children Article 8. Where the danger is great. There is no formula to determine negligence. must make allowance for the risk apparent to the act for his capacity to meet it and for the circumstances under which he must act Civil Aeronautics v CA FACTS: The plaintiff broke his thigh bone because he slipped over a 4-inch elevation at the end of the viewing deck of the airport since he wanted a better view of the incoming passengers including his future son.) 1. just like in Valenzuela v. etc. 5. that a.TORTS AND DAMAGES FACTS: While on compulsory pilotage for docking. ―what if the planes had already landed?‖ the circumstances reasonably require. CA. we cannot provide a standard for all specific cases because it is difficult. 3. Doctrines:  Unmindful disregard or neglectful relinquishment of duty is tantamount to negligence  Extraordinary risk demands extraordinary diligence. visibility of the street 100 meters away. 2. He filled an action for damages based on QD. the same for all persons iii. the vessel rams into pier because anchor did not take hold HELD: Both the shipmaster and compulsory pilot are liable.it is impossible to fix in advance definite rules for all conceivable human conduct because of the infinite variety of situations which may arise . She sued for damages based on QD. a higher degree of care is necessary. look and listen. (Examples: the light rainfall.7-8) – 1) STANDARD OF CONDUCT . took into consideration ―normal human circumstances‖ (i.
HELD: (Citing Sangco) Since negligence may be a felony and a quasi-delict and required discernment as a condition of liability. conclusively presumed to be incapable of negligence. Examples: What if it‘s a 25-year old with the mental capacity of a 9-year old? What if it‘s a 9-year old with the mental capacity of a 25-year old? Would the doctrine still apply? CLASS NOTES In the case of young children. RULE: A child under 9 years of age must be conclusively presumed incapable of contributory negligence as a matter of law. Casis asks what about a child who is exactly 9 years old? Apply the rules on above Jec . if above 9 and below 15. negligence and accident cannot coincide. a child under 9 years of age is. David‘s father filed a complaint for damages. plaintiff‘s own act was the principal and proximate cause of the accident. Casis: Does this mean that Sangco did not set a standard of conduct for children but merely a formula? No. enters upon the railroad company's premises. and there found explosive signal torpedoes left exposed by the railroad company's employees. children who would likely to come. that of a prudent child or adult. 15. The care and caution required of a child is according to his maturity and capacity only. and this is to be determined in each case by the circumstances of the case. Although the owner of the premises was negligent leaving the caps exposed n its premises. Plaintiff was sui juris in the sense that his age and his experience qualified him to understand and appreciate the necessity for the exercise of that degree of caution which would have avoided the injury which resulted for his own deliberate act. Sangco had the standard of an ordinary prudent child. and that the presumption of lack of discernment or incapacity for negligence in the case of a child over 9 but under 15 years of age is rebuttable. The department store contended that it was the Make a distinction between children as a tortfeasor and children as a victim If a child is 8 years old and makes a counter fall over another person who dies. and in a great variety of similar cases. 1 Jarco Marketing v CA FACTS: Zhieneth. So in this case. such as a turntable left in such condition as to make it probable that children in playing with it would be exposed to accident or injury therefrom and where the infant did in fact suffer injury in playing with such machine. it exploded causing injuries. was pinned by the bulk of the department store‘s gift-wrapping counter/structure and died.‖ In citing Sangco. Stout which held that while it is the general rule in regard to an adult that to entitle him to recover damages for an injury resulting from the fault or negligence of another he must have been free from fault. rebuttable presumption of incapacity of negligence. at a place where the railroad company knew. Thus leaving a tempting thing for children to play with exposed. it affects Art. The law fixes no arbitrary age at which a minor can be said to have the necessary capacity to understand and appreciate the nature and consequences of his own acts. RULE: The care and caution required of a child is according to his maturity and capacity only and this is to CLASS NOTES when children trespass child & adult: not same appreciation with regard to contributory negligence for children. However. by analogy. at a place where the railroad company's premises. you look at circumstances as well 2 cases: ―Torpedo (flare gun cases)‖ and ―Turntable‖ (DJ stuff) cases: the question involved has been whether a railroad company is liable for an injury received by an infant of tender years. therefore. or where such infant found upon the premises a dangerous machine. 6. or for purposes of amusement. one of which when carried away by the visitor. the great weight of authority holds the owner of the premises liable. an implied license might sometimes arise when it not on behalf of others. the same implication should arise. where they would be likely to gather for that purpose. or had a good reason to suppose. if one were to throw upon his premises. presumed incapable of negligence (conclusive presumption). Prof. and MANUEL. who from mere idle curiosity. exploded and injured him. If below 9. This doctrine. In these. The court did not cite him correctly. near the common way. HELD: In the Turntable and Torpedo cases. such is not the rule in regard to an infant of tender years. either criminal or civil. the owner of the premises was held liable because of the doctrine 1 of implied invitation . were experimenting with fulminating caps they found lying around the company‘s premises. under our law. and perhaps. CC. 2180. The rule. is that the child under 9 years of age must be conclusively presumed incapable of contributory negligence as a matter of law. so as to make it negligence on his part to fail to exercise due care and precaution in the commission of such acts. Taylor v Manila Railroad FACTS: David Taylor. and other persons not fully sui juris. 12. you don‘t stop at age. if above 15. RA 9344 does not affect presumptions of negligence. QD can still be filed because negligence is not equal to liability Difference between accident and negligence: an accident cannot be foreseen while negligence can be foreseen. there is an analogy between the RPC and the new Civil Code. may be equivalent to an invitation to them to make use of it.TORTS AND DAMAGES be determines in each case by the circumstances of the case. After applying a lighted match to an opened cap. Company‘s counterargument: ―It never happened before. PAGE 13 child‘s own act of climbing into the structure that was the proximate cause of the fall of the counter. things tempting to children. however was overturned by Railroad Company vs.
yet such negligence would not be wholly fatal to the right of action in this case. HELD: It is doubtful whether contributory negligence can be properly imputed to the deceased. They. Magtibay v Tiangco FACTS: Rowel Tiangco. after saying that he had been in the habit of touching wires. but his conduct should be judged according to the average conduct of persons of his own age and experience. it is a factor for liability Del Rosario v Manila Electric FACTS: Alberto Del Rosario. Ylarde wasn‘t able to climb out and he died because of the injuries sustained. (citing Sangco) The degree of care required to be exercised must vary with the capacity of the person engendered to care for himself. one involving the use of ―potentially dangerous. but merely put off the imposition of the corresponding penalty in order to give the delinquent minor a chance to be reformed. For every tortuous act of violence or other pure tort. depending upon his mental development and other circumstances (rebuttable presumption) OVER 15 YEARS presumed to have sufficient capacity and understanding to be sensible of danger with the power to avoid it (STANDARD is still that of a child his age and capacity. owing to his immature years and natural curiosity which a child would feel to do something out of the ordinary. capacity. none. When. exclaiming ―Ay! Madre‖. He immediately fell face Jec . type of activity involved is one that is usually engaged in by children 2. his lawyer recommended the dismissal of his case. owing to his immature years and natural curiosity. and the mere fact that the deceased ignored the caution of a companion of the age of 8 years does not alter the case. he was pronounced dead. capacity. Later. in view of his conduct. RULE: It is doubtful whether contributory negligence can be properly imputed to the deceased.TORTS AND DAMAGES downwards. WHERE CHILD IS HELD TO THE STANDARD OF CLASS NOTES Different from Taylor: o Taylor – contributory negligence. He left four of them to level the loose soil around the open hole but allegedly telling them ―not to touch the stone‖. TEST as to whether an infant can be subjected to the same standard of care as an adult: 1. A minor should not be held to the same degree of care as Minority is not a factor to escape liability because even though minority is not a factor for negligence. HELD: The child Ylarde cannot be charged with reckless imprudence. therefore. knowledge and experience under the same or similar circumstances. RULE: Liability of an infant in a civil action for his torts is imposed as a mode. despite the warning of one of his companions. his sentence was suspended until he reached majority. 9. after he had observed good conduct.not having been the determining cause of the accident. and not that of an adult.) STANDARD: ORDINARILY PRUDENT CHILD The standard of conduct which a child must conform for his own protection is that of a reasonable person of like age. under 18. Is there mutual exclusivity between negligence and accident? According to the Jarco case. Being under 18. playfully jumped into the pit and caused the top of the concrete block to fall towards the opening. CFI dismissed but reversed the right of the heirs to recover damages in a civil action. But even supposing that the contributory negligence could in some measure be properly imputed to the deceased. child as tortfeasor o Del Rosario – victim only Immaturity and natural curiosity taken into account Ylarde v Aquino CLASS NOTES FACTS: Edgardo Aquino ordered his students to dig beside a 1 ton concrete block in order to make a whole to bury huge stones. The standard of conduct to which a child must conform for his own protection is that degree of care ordinarily exercised by children of the same age. however. was found guilty of homicide through reckless imprudence. the criminal case was dismissed. this does not mean that he was exonerated from the crime charged. but simply that he would suffer no penalty. discretion. The end of the wire remained in contact with his body which fell near the post. knowledge and experience under the same or similar circumstances. intelligence and experience under like or similar circumstances or that degree of care ordinarily exercised by children of the same age. (RULE) 9 below 15 because the law should be construed in favor of the accused. HELD: The suspension of sentence did not wipe out his guilt. CLASS NOTES Kid was 10/11 yo: *disputable presumption under Sangco* *in a case between children and adults. Upon being taken to the hospital. like a car. Nor did such dismissal of the case obliterate is civil liability for damages. PAGE 14 an adult. discretion. adult-oriented‖ instrument. the trend is that adults should know better* SANGCO (pp. 70-74) UNDER 9 YEARS conclusively presumed to have acted without discernment and is exempt from criminal liability OVER 9 BUT UNDER 15 may or may not be guilty of contributory negligence. the infant tort-feasor is liable in a civil action to the injured person in the same manner and in the same extent as an adult. not of punishment but of compensation. put out his index finger and touched a fallen electrical wire.
The responsibility to use care has been variously qualified as ―ordinary care‖. sold barium chlorate(poisonous) instead of potassium chlorate which killed 2 horses. HELD: The profession of pharmacy is one demanding care and skill. For whether a physician or surgeon has exercised the requisite degree of skill and care in the treatment of his patient is. he will be held liable for negligence if he fails to exhibit the care and skill of one ordinarily skilled in the particular work which he attempts to do. a backfire from an engine would not be followed by any disaster. A person skilled in dealing with boats would have been sufficiently warned by the circumstances to cause him to take precaution against the danger. which a prudent mechanic. When a person holds himself out as being competent to do things requiring professional skill. his violation of a statute or other enactment entails the same consequences as those of an adult. present expert testimony BPI v CA FACTS: BPI‘s money market people pre-terminated Fernando‘s placement through a phone call and only verified her identity by phone. a pharmacist. The care required must be commensurate with the danger involved. and the most exact and reliable safeguards consistent with the reasonable conduct of business. RULE: When a person holds himself out as being competent to do things requiring professional skill. ―the highest degree of care known to practical men”. but here the leak along the pipeline and the flooding of the carburetor created a dangerous situation. where she died. The responsibility to use care has been variously qualified as ―ordinary care‖. The phony Fernando deposited the two BPI checks to China Bank and CLASS NOTES Relationship: danger Jec . The druggist is responsible as an absolute guarantor of what he sells. Motors FACTS: When Culion wanted to get his motor schooner repaired. HELD: Ordinarily. but not that of boats. and the skill employed must correspond with the superior knowledge of the business which the law demands. such that the fuel mixture leaked and dripped down to the engine compartment. but by the unquestionable knowledge of expert witnesses. blood and oxygen that the patient had to be transferred to another hospital. he will be held liable for negligence if he fails to exhibit the care and skill of one ordinarily skilled in the particular work which he attempts to do. would have taken precaution to avoid. a matter of expert opinion. Apparently. including judges. When the engine was started. PMC‖s manager decided to oversee the repairs. Experts. he went to PMC where Quest. The question of negligence or ignorance is irrelevant. professionals Culion v Phil. versed in repairs of boat engines. Quest did not use the skill that would have been exhibited by one ordinarily expert in repairing gasoline engine on boats. Expert testimony should have been offered to prove that the circumstances cited are constitutive of conduct falling below the standard of care employed by other physicians in good standing when performing the same operation. vigilance. there was a backfire and burned the boat. ―care of a specially high degree‖. ―the highest degree of care known to practical men‖. Quest is experienced in fixing car and tractor engines. RULE: The profession of pharmacy is one demanding care and skill. CLASS NOTES o pharmacist: knowledgeable o buyer: can‘t check for himself Consider nature of work and danger involved 3.TORTS AND DAMAGES PAGE 15 CARE OF AN ADULT. he will be held liable for negligence if he fails to exhibit the care & skill of an expert high degree of care Cruz v CA FACTS: Lydia Umali underwent a surgery under Dr. CLASS NOT ES Plaintiff has burden of proof. HELD: While it may be true that the circumstances seemed beyond cavil to constitute reckless imprudence on the part of the surgeon. US v Pineda FACTS: Pineda. the tube connecting the carburetor and the fuel tank was not well-fitted. ―care of a specially high degree‖. Johnny Quest when a person who holds himself out as being competent to do things. in the generality of cases. The deference of courts to the expert opinion of qualified physicians stems from its realization that the latter possess unusual technical skills which laymen in most instances are capable of intelligently evaluating. Quest attention was called on this but he took it lightly. this conclusion is best arrived at not through the educated surmises nor conjectures of laymen. in order that human life may not constantly be exposed to danger flowing from the substitution of deadly poison for harmless medicine‖. Ninevetch Cruz wherein the untidy clinic ran out of medicine. which is ―the highest practicable degree of prudence. thoughtfulness. RULE: The deference of courts to the expert opinion of qualified physicians stems from its realization that the latter possess unusual technical skills which laymen in most instances are capable of intelligently evaluating.
the person in the first place liable are those who have the insane party under their care or guardianship. The state is responsible in like manner when it acts through a special agent. but not when the damage has been caused by the official to whom the task done properly pertains. The tops of the rails appear to be 5 or 6 inches more above the level of the street. HELD: By the very nature of their work the degree of responsibility. this might be sufficient to throw a person from the vehicle no matter what his condition. including his own mother. HELD: Mere intoxication is not negligence nor does the mere fact of intoxication establish a want of ordinary Jec . and no greater degree of care is required to be exercised by an intoxicated man for his own protection than by a sober one. the banks are expected to exercise the highest degree of diligence in the selection and supervision of employees. No matter how many justifications both banks present to avoid responsibility. even though performed unwittingly. RULE: Mere intoxication is not negligence nor does the mere fact of intoxication establish a want of ordinary care. in spite of his unfortunate condition. is to draw a conclusion which enters the realm of speculation and guesswork. BPI claimed reimbursement from China Bank under its clear warranty. thereafter withdrew it all. is still reasonably and justly liable with his property for the consequences of his acts. The father and. it is immaterial whether he is drunk or sober. for the reason that his fellows ought not to suffer from the disastrous results of his harmful acts more than is necessary. stumbling by reason of unsure footing and falling. Wright v Manila Electric FACTS: Plaintiff drove home in a calesa and in crossing the tracks to enter his premises the horse stumbled. and to conclude that a sober man would not have fallen while a drunken man did. Intoxication NOTES CLASS NOTES US v Baggay FACTS: In a song service. RULE: The banks are expected to exercise the highest degree of diligence in the selection and supervision of employees (stems from the nature of their industry) CLASS NOTES Nature of banks: imbued with public interest so there is a higher degree of diligence required 4. Guardians are liable for damages caused by the minors or incapacitated persons who are under their authority and live in their company. care and trustworthiness expected of their employees and officials is far greater than those of ordinary clerks and employees. According to law. 2182 If the minor or insane person causing damage has no parents or guardian. 2180. Even though the former are nor engaged in any business or industry. Lastly. Since defendant was suffering from mental aberration. General rule: it is immaterial whether a man is drunk or sober if no want of ordinary care or prudence can be imputed to him. The owners and managers of an establishment or enterprise are likewise responsible for damages caused by their employees in the service of the branches in which the latter are employed or on the occasion of their functions. are responsible for the damages caused by the minor children who live in their company. in which case what is provided in Article 2176 shall be applicable. Insanity Art. so long as they remain in their custody. in case of his death or incapacity. they cannot erase the fact that they were both guilty in not exercising extraordinary diligence in the selection and supervisions of employees. the minor or insane person shall be answerable with his own property in an action against him where a guardian ad litem shall be appointed. leaped forward. NCC The obligation imposed by Article 2176 is demandable not only for one's acts or omissions. HELD: In the case of a lunatic or insane person who. the vehicle crashing against the rails with such force as to break a wheel. but if the demented person or imbecile lack a CLASS Mere intoxication is not in itself negligence Inconclusive factor Not negligence in itself but it can be a factor *questions to ask: (1) how do you know if a person is intoxicated or not? (2) when is it a factor enough that it impairs your judgment?* 5. The responsibility treated of in this article shall cease when the persons herein mentioned prove that they observed all the diligence of a good father of a family to prevent damage. but also for those of persons for whom one is responsible. the mother. Plaintiff was intoxicated at the time. He likewise inflicted various wounds on other women with the same bolo. throwing the plaintiff from the vehicle and causing injuries. Baggay suddenly. (1903a) Art. If one‘s conduct is characterized by a proper degree of care and prudence. teachers or heads of establishments of arts and trades shall be liable for damages caused by their pupils and students or apprentices. without provocation attacked a woman with a bolo on her head . and fell. trial court rendered him exempt from criminal liability but was obligated to indemnify the heirs of the murdered woman.TORTS AND DAMAGES care. unless they prove that there was no blame or negligence on their part. in spite of his irresponsibility on account of the deplorable condition of his deranged mind. causing the vehicle to strike out of the rails with great force. from which she died. It is impossible to say that a sober man would not have fallen from the vehicle under the conditions. PAGE 16 Employers shall be liable for the damages caused by their employees and household helpers acting within the scope of their assigned tasks. For obvious reasons. A horse crossing the tracks with not only the rails but a portion of the ties themselves aboveground.
a seaman. potent and obvious. it collided with a coconut tree. 6: child 15 & below-incapable of negligence question still to be resolved is the law‘s effect on 2180 CC Amedo v Rio FACTS: Filomeno Manguit. It was not a case of the money falling off someone‘s pocket to the floor. What determines the grossness of negligence? The degree of danger and other factors which would justify the dangerous act. however. because ―no danger or risk was apparent‖. - CLASS NOTES Grossly negligent vs slightly negligent degree of danger cf. under the law. to the danger of his injury‖. 2231 In quasi-delicts. his act being obviously innocent. violation of policy is not necessarily negligence per se but it may be an evidence of negligence SANGCO (10-12) The amount of care demanded by the standard of reasonable conduct must be proportionate to the apparent risk. When the truck tried to overtake another truck. ordinarily. The person in the first place liable is those who have the insane party under their care or guardianship. value RA 9044 Sec. (failure to exercise care) Marinduque Iron Mines v Workmen's Compensation Jec .TORTS AND DAMAGES safety of his person. precludes recovery. He is not said to be a good swimmer but he jumped into the water as opposed to Cuervo vs. what determines if an act if negligent is the danger of an act the nature of the act of jumping into the sea involves danger CLASS NOTES PAGE 17 FACTS: Mamador hitched a ride together with other laborers on a company-owned truck. a lunatic or imbecile is still held civilly liable. If while he was working. which resulted in his death. The nature of the act of jumping into the sea involves danger per se. but it may be evidence of negligence. the laborer could not be declared to have acted with negligence since the prohibition had nothing to do with the personal safety of riders. HELD: Mere riding on a haulage truck or stealing a ride thereon is not negligence. is entirely different. DEGREES OF NEGLIGENCE: SLIGHT NEGLIGENCE . He drowned. Getting or accepting a free ride on the company's haulage truck couldn't be gross negligence. There is more reason to hold that his death was caused by his notorious negligence. Violation of a rule promulgated by a commission or board is not negligence per se. RULE: ―Notorious negligence‖ has been held to be tantamount to ―gross negligence‖. RULE: Although he may not be held criminally liable. or worse. exemplary damages may be granted if the defendant acted with gross negligence. RULE: Violation of a rule promulgated by a commission or board is not negligence per se. guardian or some person charged with his care. that he displayed a ―reckless disregard of the What determines if an act if negligent is the danger of an act. but it may be evidence of negligence. that he could not have been but conscious of the probable consequences‖ of his carelessness and that he was ―indifferent. or if the latter be insolvent. and as he picked it up from the floor something accidentally fell upon him and injured him. Under the circumstances.an absence of that degree of vigilance which persons of extraordinary prudence and foresight are accustomed to use. HELD: He failed to exercise ―even the slightest care and diligence‖. There was a company prohibition against laborers riding the haulage trucks. Jumping into the sea. CLASS NOTES Exemption form criminal liability doesn‘t mean exemption from civil liability B. Petitioner claims that such violation was the laborer's ―notorious negligence‖ which. Degrees of Negligence Art. Barretto wherein the emoloyer ordered him to jump into the water to protect the property of the company. which is want of even slight care and diligence. Why notorious negligence? Because compared with other cases. his bill merely fell from his pocket. then his own property must meet the civil liability. the danger which it entails being clear. the danger is apparent and imminent because the shore is 1½ miles away from the location of the ship. CLASS NOTES There‘s only an alleged prohibition on part of employer Even if there was indeed a prohibition. he would surely be entitled to compensation. jumped overboard from his ship into the water to retrieve a 2peso bill that was blown by the breeze to the sea.
TORTS AND DAMAGES Sec. Sec. could have. There is no generally accepted meaning. (d) That a person takes ordinary care of his concerns. who was in the vehicle. destruction. Sec. (4) The character of the goods or defects in the packing or in the containers. or judge acting as such . Burden of Proof RULE 131: BURDEN OF PROOF PRESUMPTIONS BURDEN OF PROOF AND PRESUMPTIONS AND Sec. he was violating any traffic regulation. Disputable presumptions. Art. nor even in such case when the allegation is a denial of the existence of a document the custody of which belongs to the opposite party. (extreme departure from the ordinary standard of care) WILFUL. They apply to conduct which is still merely negligent but which is so far from a proper state of mind that it is treated in many respects as if it were intended (actor has intentionally done an act of unreasonable character in disregard of a risk known to him or so obvious that he must be taken to have been aware of it. 2. if the goods are lost. The burden of proof lies on the party who would be defeated if no evidence were given on either side. . 4. (ff) That the law has been obeyed. Proof of Negligence 1. No presumption of legitimacy or illegitimacy. AND RECKLESS – ―quasi-intent‖. (3) Act of omission of the shipper or owner of the goods.The following presumptions are satisfactory if uncontradicted. 2188 There is prima facie presumption of negligence on the part of the defendant if the death or injury results from his possession of dangerous weapons or substances. PAGE 18 driving or violating traffic regulations at least twice within the next preceding two months. Art. (m) That official duty has been regularly performed. Art. If the owner was not in the motor vehicle. Conclusive presumptions. 5. if the former. Burden of proof in civil cases. unless they prove that they observed extraordinary diligence as required in Article 1733. There is often NO CLEAR DISTINCTION between the above and ―gross‖. Sec. WANTON. 2184 In motor vehicle mishaps. Sec. unless the same is due to any of the following causes only: (1) Flood. 4. destroyed or deteriorated. and 5 of the preceding article. or deterioration of the goods. except when the possession or use thereof is indispensable in his occupation or business. such as firearms and poison. C. lying between intent to do harm and the mere reasonable risk of harm to another. but the probability is that it signifies more than ordinary inadvertence or inattention. 1. but less than conscious indifference to consequences. (c) That a person intends the ordinary consequences of his voluntary act. by the use of the due diligence. differing in QUALITY rather than in DEGREE from ordinary lack of care. the owner is solidarily liable with his driver. 6. whether in the Philippines or elsewhere. 1735 In all cases other than those mentioned in Nos. or other natural disaster or calamity. (p) That private transactions have been fair and regular. 2. 2185 Unless there is proof to the contrary. GROSS NEGLIGENCE – described as failure to exercise even that care which a careless person would use. (q) That the ordinary course of business has been followed. (n) That a court. Evidence need not be given in support of a negative allegation except when such negative allegation is an essential part of the statement of the right or title on which the cause of action or defense is founded. was acting in the lawful exercise of his jurisdiction. Art. Whoever alleges the legitimacy or illegitimacy of such child must prove his allegation. (2) Act of the public enemy in war. Presumption Art. earthquake. There is no presumption of legitimacy or illegitimacy of a child born after three hundred days following the dissolution of the marriage or the separation of the spouses. It is disputably presumed that a driver was negligent. it is presumed that a person driving a motor vehicle has been negligent if at the time of the mishap. storm. 3.Each party must prove his own affirmative allegations. ee) That a thing once proved to exist continues as long as is usual with things of that nature. . 3. 1734 Common carriers are responsible for the loss. and the two have tended to merge and take on the same meaning as an AGGRAVATED form of negligence. but may be contradicted and overcome by other evidence. common carriers are presumed to have been at fault or to have acted negligently. lightning. Burden of proof in criminal cases. Quasi-conclusive presumptions of legitimacy. (a) That a person is innocent of crime or wrong. the provisions of Article 2180 are applicable. prevented the misfortune. and so great as to make it highly probably that harm would follow). 1. if he had been found guilty or reckless CLASS NOTES Art 2184 CC disputable presumption: Jec . whether international or civil. - 1. (5) Order or act of competent public authority. (b) That an unlawful act was done with an unlawful intent.
such as peace officers or armed forces. RULE: Res ipsa can be involed when and only when. violation must be the PROXIMATE CAUSE. anything over which the defendant has no control and which places him or an instrumentality that he is operating in a position contrary to that required by the statute or ordinance 3. The presumption DOES NOT APPLY to those whose occupation or business REQUIRES the possession or use of a firearm. under the circumstances involved. It is not rule of substantive law but merely a mode of proof or a mere procedural convenience. HELD: Res ipsa loquitor (the thing speaks for itself) – Where the thing which causes the injury is shown to be under the management of the defendant. and the accident is such as in the ordinary course of things does not happen if those who have he management use proper care. at a high rate of speed and under the influence of alcohol Where there is NO local regulation restricting the pedestrian‘s rights in the use of a street. It can be involved when and only when. it affords reasonable evidence. deteriorate presume negligence common carrier o UNLESS prove extraordinary diligence SANGCO (18-27) It is NEGLIGENCE PER SE when: 1. Where proof of violation makes: 1. in the absence of an explanation by the defendant. The absence of want of care of the driver has been established by clear and convincing evidence. an emergency not of the actor‘s own making which causes him to fail to obey the enactment 4. under the circumstances involved. The question is whether the doctrine was applicable. a pedestrian HAS THE RIGHT TO TRAVEL upon roads and streets WHETHER THERE BE SIDEWALKS OR NOT. except when the possession or use thereof is indispensable in his occupation/business Arts 1734 & 1735 common carriers loss. It cannot be availed of when the plaintiff has knowledge and testifies or presents evidence as to the specific act of negligence which is the cause of injury complained of or where there is direct evidence as to the precise cause of the accident and all the facts and circumstances attendant to the occurrence appear. or in the case of poison. gives rise to a presumption of lack of ordinary care PRESUMPTION IS REBUTTABLE FOUR GENERAL GROUNDS OR EXCUSES FOR VIOLATION OF A STATUTE: 1. a professional driver permits any unlicensed person to drive the car placed under his responsibility 2. or the HIGHEST degree of precaution. conduct which comes within an excuse or exception provided in the statute One who has in his possession or under his control an instrumentality EXTREMELY DANGEROUS in character is bound to take EXCEPTIONAL precautions to prevent injury being done thereby. anything that would make it impossible to comply with the statute or ordinance 2. Defendant contends that the proximate cause was the failure of the driver of the parked truck to install an early warning device. direct evidence is absent and not readily available. 3. The doctrine does not apply. The care required is a great or high degree. although CLASS NOTES Jec . IAC concluded that under the doctrine. direct evidence is absent and not readily available. Sangco says this also requires conviction ** but when is one ―found guilty‖ of traffic violation? Art 2188 prima facie presumption o injury results from possession of dangerous weapons/ substances. The law on averages under the Code of Commerece cannot be applied in determining negligence. violation of an ordinance prohibiting pedestrians from crossing a street in places other than regular cross-walks 3. Art 2185 CC disputable presumption: violate traffic regulation o no conviction required o however. driving a motor vehicle without a license. liability PAGE 19 where there is 2x w/in the next preceeding 2 mos: guilty of reckless driving / violation of traffic rules if the owner is not in the car. the drug companies or stores.TORTS AND o DAMAGES he should have due regard for the rights of motor vehicles and should exercise due care for his own safety. WRT to COMMON CARRIERS Common carriers from the nature of their business and for reasons of public policy are bound to observe EXTRAORDINARY DILIGENCE in the vigilance over the goods and safety of passengers transported by them according to all circumstances of each case. a prima facie case of negligence 2. Res Ipsa Loquitor Layugan v IAC FACTS: A truck bumped into the plaintiff while he and a companion were repairing the tire of their parked truck along the right side of the highway. He sustained injuries. does the disputable presumption apply? o n/a when the owner is not in the car / common carrier requires conviction IN ALL CASES. destroyed. the plaintiff was negligent. that the accident arose from want of care.
RIL made a special defense by Isidro to allege negligence of the truck driver and Layugan. the accident is of a kind that ordinarily does not occur in the absence of someone‘s negligence 2. But if common knowledge can be applied.TORTS AND DAMAGES situations in malpractice cases where a layman is able to say. she was found to have an ovarian cyst on the left and right side of the ovaries and a piece of rubber material was embedded on the right side of the uterus. All the requisites are present in this case. in the absence of an explanation by the defendant. so when there‘s evidence. and present a question of fact for defendant to meet with an explanation. the possibility of contributing conduct which would make plaintiff responsible is eliminated. is liable Jec . the court is permitted to find a physician negligent upon proper proof of injury to patient. HELD: Res ipsa – Where the thing which causes the injury is shown to under the management of the defendant. she was found to be feverish. all elements present: o entire C-section under control & management of doctor o no other operation after C-section although there is no proof directly linking Dr. that the accident arose from want of ordinary care. they didn‘t provide expert testimony therefore they lost in Ramos. that the accident arose from ordinary want of care. in the absence of an explanation by the defendant. where the court from its common knowledge can determine the proper standard of care. without aid of expert testimony. without aid of expert testimony. it is caused by an instrumentality within the exclusive control of the defendant or defendants 3. Generally. can use common knowledge medical malpractice domain of medical science: expert needed RIL common knowledge: no need for expert preparation for procedure if there‘s failure / didn‘t get the results expected. RIL N/A because there‘s direct (clear & convincing) evidence Why? Because the mode of proof only. RULE: In cases where the doctrine is applicable. when the doctrine is availed of by the plaintiff. and the accident is such as in the ordinary course of things does not happen if those who have the management use proper care. When the patient submitted herself to another surgery. Batiquin to the rubber. Batiquin performed a caesarian operation on a patient. Requisites are: 1. In cases where the doctrine is applicable. (2) The patient underwent no other operation which could habe caused the offending piece of rubber to appear in her uterus. as a matter of common knowledge and observation. expert testimony is relied upon in malpractice suits to prove a physician has done a negligent act or that he has deviated from the standard medical procedure. it affords reasonable evidence. it affords reasonable evidence. PAGE 20 accomplished if the problem is based on medical science (Cruz vs. (1) The entire proceedings of the caesarian were under the exclusive control of Dr. that the consequences of professional care were not as such as would ordinarily have followed if due care had been exercised. went comatose because she was incorrectly intubated. where the court from its fund of common knowledge can determine the proper standard of care. IAC ruled RIL as the basis for holding Layugan negligent. HELD: Res ipsa (The thing or transaction speaks for itself) – the fact of the occurrence of the injury. RULE: Res ipsa – Where the thing which causes injury is shown to be under the management of the Defendant. The fundamental element is ―control of instrumentality‖ which caused the damage. or make out a plaintiff‘s prima facie case. The doctrine is generally restricted to CLASS NOTES RIL applicable: No expert testimony Court adjudicated based on common knowledge fund The foundation of RIL is common knowledge evidentiary rule: doesn‘t do away with presenting evidence must prove these elements: accident doesn‘t occur w/o person‘s negligence defendant has exclusive control over the instrumentality no contributory negligence on plaintiff‘s part RIL & malpractice suits: o Gen rule: expert testimony needed (Cruz v CA) o Exception: If case can be gleaned from common knowledge (Ramos v CA) in Cruz. applying RIL. use evidence / facts so that judgment will be based on facts and not presumptions Batiguin v CA FACTS: Dr. Afterwards. and the accident is such as in the ordinary course of things does not happen if those who have the management used proper care. the court is permitted to find a physician negligent upon proper proof of injury to the patient. RIL n/a *question: when is a medical malpractice case common knowledge or in the domain of medical science?* RIL is NA in malpractice suits if the only showing is that the desired result was not CLASS NOTES RIL applies. Ramos v CA FACTS: Ramos. taken with the surrounding circumstances. may permit an inference or raise a presumption of negligence. undergoing a gall bladder operation. Batiquin. the need for expert medical testimony is dispensed with because the injury itself provides the proof of negligence. CA). Dr. it stands to reason that it could habe only been a by-product of the caesarian section. RIL applies.
DEFENSES 1. testimony & affidavit). Casis thinks that it is the victim‘s fault for falling off the platform. 4. th CLASS NOTE Applies only when both parties are negligent. the immediate and proximate cause being the defendant‘s lack of due care.. 2. the plaintiff may recover Bernardo v Legaspi FACTS: CFI dismissed the complaint filed in an action to recover damages for injuries sustained by plaintiff‘s automobile by reason of defendant‘s negligence in causing a collision. but the court shall mitigate the damages to be awarded. The instrumentality or agency which caused the injury was under the exclusive control of the person charged with negligence 3. It is like saying that even if there is evidence. Rule: The theoretical basis for the doctrine is its necessity. for any explanation of care exercised by the defendant in respect of the matter of which the plaintiff complains. i. Plaintiff had no knowledge or means of knowledge as to the cause of the accident PAGE 21 damages. It is a rule of necessity.: o Meralco would‘ve had to have been more careful if public place * The son could have sued stepbrother of his father for building the house so close to the wire* 1. Court also dismissed a crosscomplaint filed by the defendant. of negligence on Jec . 6. It is assumed that due to his age and experience. The galvanized iron sheet he was holding came in contact with the electric wire.TORTS AND DAMAGES the part of the defendant. It is NOT an exception to the rule of initial presumption of negligence. Manila Electric v Remonquillo FACTS: Magno was repairing the ―media agua‖ when he was electrocuted to death. It relates to the MODE rather than the BURDEN of establishing negligence. But assuming it was Magno‘s heirs still can‘t recover because the proximate cause of the electrocution was not the electric wire but the reckless and negligent act of Magno in turning around and swinging the galvanized iron sheet without precaution. 3. Held: The theoretical basis for the doctrine is its necessity. Manila Electric Co. praying for damages SANCO (27-32) RES IPSA LOQUITOR – the facts or circumstances attending an injury may be such as to raise a presumption. Prof. DM Consunji v CA Facts: A construction worker fell from the 14 floor when the platform assembly he was standing on fell down. reaches over to defendant who knows or should know the cause. Plaintiff‘s negligence Contributory negligence Fortuitous event Assumption of risk Due diligence Damnum absque injuria Prescription Double recovery RIL applies theoretical basis: o proof is in exclusive control of defendant o bridge that connects plaintiff to the proof Prof. he cannot recover damages. WHEN DOES IT APPLY? Upon the satisfaction of 3 conditions: 1. he was qualified to do the job. 7. The injury suffered must not have been due to any voluntary action or contribution on the part of the person injured COURTS ADD A FURTHER CONDITION: 4. 5. The accident was of a kind which ordinarily does not occur unless someone is negligent 2. without knowledge of the cause. but is DESCRIPTIVE of a class of cases wherein the initial presumption is overcome by evidence inherently carrying with it implications of negligence without the necessity of proof of specific facts or conduct. Plaintiff‟s Negligence Art. or some other person who is charged with negligence. Casis‘s problem: there‘s evidence (police report. proximate cause: negligence of repairman in turning with GI sheet difference between this & Astudillo v. CLASS NOTES CLASS NOTES F. 2179. one could still argue RIL to win the case. or permit an inference. 8. NCC When the plaintiff‘s own negligence was the immediate and proximate cause of his injury. But if his negligence was only contributory. HELD: Court said Meralco was not negligent. It furnishes a bridge by which the plaintiff.e. that the necessary evidence is not available. The defendant in charge of the instrumentality which causes the injury either knows the cause of the accident or has the best opportunity of ascertaining it and the plaintiff has no such knowledge. Theoretical basis for RIL: The proof should come from the defendant (RIL is the ―bridge‖ which allows the plaintiff to reach the defendant).
CLASS NOTES No contributory negligence of mother & kid Even if they did have contributory negligence. they cannot recover from each other. HELD: SC held they were not. Proximate cause was the unexplained and abrupt swerving of the jeep. Contributory negligence of the child and her mother. Mother and child had a right to be on that street. an Genobiagon v CA accident v. and those to the plaintiff‘s car were caused by plaintiff‘s own negligence. but the courts shall mitigate the damages to be awarded. His defense was that it was the old lady who bumped his car. with the child a few steps ahead. NCC In quasi-delicts. on the ground that the injuries sustained by his automobile. he cannot recover. Company said Rakes was negligent because: (1) he continued his work despite having noticed the depression in the track. The disobedience of the plaintiff in placing himself in danger contributed in some degree to the injury as a proximate. he may recover the amount that the defendant responsible for the accident should pay fpr the injury. causing the jeep to hit the mound. the plaintiff may recover damages. But if his negligence only contributed to his injury. The Court made a distinction between the accident and the injury. does not operate as a bar to recovery but could only result in reduction of damages. although not its primary cause. HELD: Court said that the alleged contributory negligence of the victim. less a sum deemed an equitable equivalent for his own imprudence. if any. As to the second. RULE: When the negligence of both the plaintiff and the defendant is the proximate cause of the accident. injury o accident: can‘t recover contrib. 2214. he cannot recover damages. PAGE 22 FACTS: Rig driven by appellant bumped an 81 y. Court held that Rakes had been working for less than 2 days. HELD: The accident was due to the lack of diligence of Antonio. but goes to the very cause of the occurrence of the accident and thereby precludes their right to recover damages. NOTES: negligence imputed included knowledge of the place. – Plaintiff‘s contrib. Rakes v Atlantic FACTS: The truck plaintiff was riding fell because the track sagged. (n) Art. CFI denied damages to parents because they were negligent. But if his negligence was only contributory. CLASS NOTES PLDT v CA FACTS: Antonio and Gloria Esteban‘s jeep ran over a mound of earth and fell into an open trench. TC and CA found him guilty of homicide through reckless imprudence. The rails that they were transporting slid off the truck and caught his lag. the contributory negligence of the plaintiff shall reduce the damages that he may recover. the immediate and proximate cause of the injury being the defendant‘s lack of due care. Art. Contributory Negligence FACTS: Mother and child were walking along a street. if any. and (2) he walked on the ends of the ties at the side of the car instead of along the boards. NCC When the plaintiff‘s own negligence was the immediate and proximate cause of his injury. = Recovery Jec . His jeep was running along the inside lane of the street but it swerved abruptly. 2179. Where plaintiff in a negligence action by his own carelessness contributes to the principal occurrence as one of the determining causes thereof. does not exonerate accused. he cannot recover.TORTS AND DAMAGES excavation allegedly undertaken by PLDT for the installation of its underground conduit system. The negligence of Antonio was not only contributory to his injuries and those of his wife. The Estebans passed that mound several times. HELD: Court found that both plaintiff and defendant were negligent in handling their automobile so both cannot recover. Court also found that the jeep was running too fast. The defense of contributory negligence does not apply in criminal cases committed through reckless imprudence since one cannot allege the negligence of another to evade the effects of his own negligence. Bernal v House 2. He could not have known that one rail was lower than the other or that the stringers and rails joined in the same place. HELD: As to the first. Later. If the plaintiff‘s negligence contributed to the accident. She got startled by an automobile and ran back to her mother. his leg was amputated. She fell into a ditch with hot water and later died. it is not a bar to recovery. Court found that there was a general prohibition against walking by the side of the car. only mitigates CLASS NOTE Contributory negligence is a mitigating factor in awarding damages.o. to primary event o injury: may recover Defendant‘s contrib. There was nothing abnormal in letting a child run along a few paces ahead of the mother. lady who was crossing the street.
Many possibilities were pposed by the Court to justify that the tire blowing up was not a fortuitous event. The occurrence must be such as to render it impossible for the debtor to fulfill his obligation in a normal manner 4. and PBC was negligent in the selection and supervision of employees. without the company noticing it. Court found that RMC was also negligent in not checking its monthly statements of account for more than one year. RMC sued PBC to collect the money. or if it can be foreseen. On his way home. The bank teller was negligent in validating the duplicate copy of the deposit slip even if ccount name was left blank. NOTES: This case doesn‘t say that robberies are fortuitous events. and it did. In this case. the cause of the unforeseen and unexpected occurrence was not independent of human will. CHARACTERISTICS OF CASO FORTUITO: 1. though foreseen. CLASS NOTES robbery in this case was FE o but not all robberies are FE‘s some human acts can be considered FE it may be an accident but not really FE Gotesco Investment v Chato FACTS: Chato and 15 yo daughter went to see a movie Jec . He chose to bring the money with him to his house in Bulacan instead of returning to the office in Cavite. Cause of the unforeseen and unexpected occurrence.TORTS AND DAMAGES PAGE 23 2 kinds of contribution: (1) contribution to the principal event. it cannot be said that all this was a result of his imprudence and negligence. Therefore: 60 . and in the presence of other passengers. It was caused either through the negligence of the driver or because of the mechanical defects in the tire. while it was on a busy highway. Jeep was running at a very fast speed and was overloaded. HELD: SC said that there are specific acts of negligence on the part of the respondents. However. were inevitable. And if. The decision he made seemed logical at that time and one that could be expected of a reasonable and prudent person. it is impossible to avoid. the 2 robbers attacked him in broad daylight in the jeep. HELD: SC held in favor of Hernandez. contrary to the bank‘s selfimposed procedure. Obligor must be free from participation in the aggravation of the injury resulting to the creditor. It must be impossible to foresee the event which constitutes the caso fortuito. Important: memorize characteristics of caso fortuito Hernandez v COA FACTS: Hernandez encashed 2 checks – salaries of employees and operating expenses of the project. It was a fortuitous event. or of the failure of the debtor to comply with his obligation must be independent of human will. CLASS NOTES Both negligent but proximate cause is the teller allowing the practice of validating incomplete form Solution to proximate cause issue: 60-40 *Sir has doubts as to the use of the Doctrine of Last Clear Chance in this case* 3. He also lost his omega watch. HELD: Court held that the proximate cause was the negligence of the bank. This omission by RMC amounts to contributory negligence which shall mitigate the damages that may be awarded to it. Court was not always consistent whether a tire blowout is a fortuitous event or not *how different is a tire blowout from a fire?* *memorize elements of Fortuitous Event* CLASS NOT ES Phil. He filed a request for relief from money accountability. as it happened. something that could not have reasonably be foreseen though it could have happened. no person shall be responsible for those events which could not be foreseen. He was thrown out of the jeep and suffered injuries. (2) contribution to his own injury CLASS NOTES ** Is this really a defense? ** there‘s only one case cited because in Transpo course. NCC Except in cases expressly specified by the law. 2. 3. but was only able to apprehend one. NOTES: Sir said force majeure is not the same as Acts of God. Juntilla v Funtanar FACTS: Plaintiff was seated in the front passenger seat of a public utility jeepney when the right tire blew up. It just said that this particular robbery was a fortuitous event. or when the nature of the obligation requires the assumption of risk. Bank of Commerce v CA FACTS: For over a year. 1174. or when it is otherwise declared by stipulation. RMC‘s secretary had been depositing the company‘s money to her husband‘s bank account. COA denied the request.40 ratio in damages. 2 robbers boarded the jeep and took the money. He ran after them. or which. Fortuitous Event Art.
Respondents did not even show that the plans. (3) Assuming that the cause was force majeure. (2) Force majeure – inevitable accident or casualty. the cause of which is to be considered. school‘s roof was partly ripped off and blown away. CLASS NOTES fire was FE *it was taken for granted that a fire is a fortuitous event (there was no explanation given why fire was a fortuitous event)* National Power v CA FACTS: Respondents filed a complaint for damages against NPC for loss of lives and property caused by the flooding of Norzagaray. On the other hand. etc. it does not necessarily mean that it is fortuitous. Chato even went to Illinois for further treatment. Cargoes were discharged unto the warehouse of Bureau of Customs.TORTS AND DAMAGES attributable to the negligence of the appellant or its employees. even which we could neither foresee nor resist. HELD: (1) Having interposed force majeure as a defense. such as could not have been prevented by any kind of oversight. city building official testified that the school obtained both building permit and certificate of occupancy. Gotesco‘s defense: force majeure. When the effect. This Gotesco did not do. and that no complaints have been lodged in the past. obligor is exempt from liability for non-performance. HELD: Court said that where the fortuitous event is the immediate and proximate cause of the loss. directly. CLASS NOTES Ong‘s incompetence is not equal to Act of God not necessarily Act of God just because there are no / unknown explanations even assuming that there‘s FE.earthquakes. Balcony collapsed and they sustained injuries. NOTE: event. Therefore. NPC suddenly. NOTE: Res ipsa loquitur applies in this case. pains and care reasonably to have been expected. specs and design of the school building were defective. is found to be in part the result of the participation of man. landing on and destroying portions of the roofing of respondent‘s house. at the theater owned by Gotesco. They claimed that despite knowledge of the impending entry of the typhoon Kading. CASO FORTUITO – event which takes place by accident and could not have been reasonably foreseen. destroying the remaining cargo. In this case. Servando v Philippine Steam FACTS: Plaintiffs loaded their cargo on board appellant‘s vessel. exclusively without human intervention. A fire of unknown origin razed the warehouse. By the act of man. there was not a shred of proof that the cause of the fire was in any way CLASS NOTES CLASS NOTES the flooding of the Angat River was not FE but due to the negligence of NPC is typhoon a force majeure? No because in this case there was negligence *so is force majeure really a defense then?* typhoon is FE flying roof is FE typhoon was proximate cause of damage to neighboring house *take this case for definition of force majeur* *credibility of ocular inspection discredited so this is strange because this runs counter to Gotesco* Jec . whether to be from active intervention or neglect. Its own witness admitted that he could not give any reason why the ceiling collapsed. Gotesco had the burden to prove that the collapse was indeed caused by force majeure. Gotesco could still be held liable because it was guilty of negligence. any accident due to natural causes. storms. or failure to act. governmental prohibition. By nature. HELD: Court found that other than the report submitted by the engineers. Gotesco is still liable because there‘s implied warranty in public places o still negligent Just because you cannot explain it. petitioner has not been shown negligent or at fault regarding the construction and maintenance of the school building. PRINCIPLE OF ACT OF GOD strictly requires that the act must be one occasioned exclusively by the violence of nature and all human agencies are to be excluded from creating or entering inot the cause of the mischief. Caso fortuito – an event that takes place by accident and could not have been foreseen. same official gave go signal for repairs of damage of typhoon th and subsequently authorized the use of the entire 4 floor of the building. the whole occurrence is thereby humanized. no investigation was conducted to determine the real cause of the incident. 2 GENERAL CAUSES: 1. annual maintenance inspection and repair of the school building was regularly undertaken. it is an unexpected event or act of God which could neither be foreseen nor resisted. negligently and recklessly opened 3 of the dam‘s spillways.armed invasion. A team of engineers conducted an ocular inspection and found that the causes may have been the U-shaped formation of the building and the improper anchorage of the trusses to the roof beams. etc. 2. NPC failed to exercise due diligence in monitoring the water level so when the water level went beyond the maximum allowable limit. floods. attack by bandits. HELD: SC did not accept defense of force majeure. Typhoon was the proximate cause. This case established that fire is a fortuitous PAGE 24 Southeastern College v CA FACTS: During a typhoon. Bulacan.
if an emergency is found to exist. (Sir: MMTC said that it was not enough to issue manuals etc. NOTES: defense of due diligence is plausible when defendant has presented enough evidence to overcome the presumption of negligence.TORTS AND DAMAGES known danger. the animal was under the control of the caretaker. HELD: Court said A1905 makes possessory user of animal liable for any damages it may cause. or when he seeks to rescue his endangered property. he should not be satisfied with the mere possession of a professional driver‘s license. HELD: SC found Bonifacio negligent. Action was predicated on Art 1905 CC. It was his business to try to prevent the animal from causing injury to anyone. (2) he understood an appreciated the risk from danger. there were no INELCO linemen who were going around. in order to hold sway.) *SANGCO (pp. clearance. Mere formulation of various company policies on safety (as testified by Christian Bautista). ASSUMPTION OF RISK Afialda v Hisole FACTS: Caretaker of carabaos was gored by a carabao and he later died as a consequence of his injuries. PAGE 25 qualifications.81-84) NOTES: VIOLENTI NON FIT INJURIA: applies to noncontractual relations. his experience and record of service. when an injury is caused by the negligence of a servant/employee may be rebutted if the employer shows to the satisfaction of the court that in the selection and supervision. but implementation or actual enforcement is more important. (3) he voluntarily exposed himself to such risk. Isabel should not be punished for exercising her right to protect her property from the floods by imputing upon her the unfavorable presumption that she assumed the risk of personal in injury. he has exercised the care and diligence of a good father of a family. without showing documentary proof that they were being followed or complied with is not sufficient to exempt petitioner from liability arising from negligence of its employees. PRESCRIPTION Jec . either in the selection of servant/ employee or in their supervision. the maxim ―violenti non fit injuria‖ does not apply here. but absolved Pepsi for having sufficiently proven that it exercised due diligence in the selection of its driver (background check. HELD: SC held that testimonial evidence of due diligence. A person is excused from the force of the rule. *they could have used RIL* CLASS NOTES 4. HELD: Court said that contrary to petitioner‘s claim. Metro Manila v CA FACTS: A jeep and a bus collided. Being injured by the animal under these circumstances was one of the risks of the occupation which he had voluntarily assumed and for which he must take the consequences. must be corroborated by documentary evidence. he must abide by the consequence. DAMNUM ABSQUE INJURIA 7. DUE DILIGENCE Ramos v PEPSI FACTS: Ramos‘ car collided with Pepsi truck driven by Andres Bonifacio. driver‘s exam. In this case. The presumption of negligence on the part of the master or employer. According to the NPC Engr. that when he voluntarily assents to a CLASS NOTES it is not enough that the company provides manuals there has to be proof of enforcement and actual application 6. physical exam. Rule is the Emergency Rule: A person is excused from the force of the assumption of risk rule. previous experience. or if the life or property of another is in peril or when he seeks to rescue his endangered property. Isabel went out of her house to check on her grocer store. he should have carefully examined the applicant for employment as to his Ilocos Norte v CA FACTS: After a 2-day typhoon. including himself. She waded in waistdeep flood and got electrocuted. 3 requisites: (1) plaintiff had actual knowledge of the damage. It is not enough that it is alleged. that when he voluntarily assents to a known danger he must abide by the consequences. In order that defendant may be considered as having exercised all diligence of a good father of a family. if an emergency is found to exist or if the life or property of another is in peril. Their owners refused to pay damages to the injured passenger. CLASS NOTES inherent risks voluntarily & knowingly assumed by caretaker when he agreed to be caretaker 5.theoretical and practical driving exams).
1981. the proximate legal cause is that acting first and producing the injury either immediately or by setting other events in motion. So for our purpose-shorter version Jec . At 2:30am. it must be deemed to have been CLASS NOTES Take note of Relations Bank Doctrine *Not sure if Relations Bank Doctrine is ratio in this case* 8. Medina: More comprehensively. spreading over the bus and the ground under it. in natural and continuous sequence. The cause of action in this case accrued on Mar 25. saying that according to Art. Definition Bataclan v Medina FACTS: A bus speeding on its way to Pasay City at 2am when one of its front tires burst. while 3 party complaint was filed only on Jun 17.TORTS AND DAMAGES Kramer v CA instituted on Feb 7. and turned turtle. Thus. Definition #2 of proximate cause according to Bataclan vs. 2177. -1985: Petitioners instituted complaint for damages against respondent. fell into a canal or ditch. CAUSATION Definition #1 of proximate cause according to Bataclan v. But the plaintiff cannot recover damages twice for the same act or omission of the defendant.1981: Phil Coast Guard concluded that the collision was due to M/V Asia‘s negligence nd -1982: Coast Guard suspended 2 mate of M/V Asia. rd . It appears that as the bus overturned. 1976 – Yujuico obtained loan fr GenBank payable on or before Apr 1. It was alleged that by reason of the tortous interference by the CB with affairs of GenBank. . 1986 when the decision became final and executory. . Prescriptive period begins from the day the quasi-delict was committed.Petitioner claims that cause of action has already prescribed. and that the lighted torch set it on fire. 1987. Motion to dismiss was filed on the basis of prescription. 4 passengers were unable to get out of the bus. resp was prevented from performing his obligation under the loan. although of equitable origin. and not the fire that burned the bus.1987 – in the course of the proceedings. Proximate cause CLASS NOTES Usually it‘s the shorter definition that‘s being cited in the other cases. NOTE. each having a A. 1. it is rd contended that while the 3 party complaint was filed only on Jun 17. DOUBLE RECOVERY Art. action based on quasi-delict must be instituted within 4 yrs. CLASS NOTES IV. ISSUE: What was the proximate cause of the accident? HELD: The overturning of the bus. The coming of the men with the torch was to be expected and was a natural sequence of the overturning of the bus.Allied acquired all assets and assumed all liabilities of GenBank . one of them carrying a lighted torch made of bamboo with a wick fueled with petroleum. Allied Banking v CA FACTS: Apr 1. HELD: SC dismissed the case. as a result of which the vehicle zigzagged. the trapping of the passengers and the call for outside help. 1977 – Monetary Board issued resolution forbidding GenBank from doing business in Phils. produces the injury.Mar 25. Calls and shouts for help were made in the neighborhood. It is a doctrine which. 1977 . MEMORIZE ME (in footnote so not doctrine)! “Relations Bank Doctrine” – principle of law by which an act done at one time is considered by a fiction of law to have been done at some antecedent period. the gasoline began to leak and escape from the gasoline tank. is the proximate cause. 1146.Feb 7. 1979 – Allied filed complaint against resp Joselita for collection of a sum of money . unbroken by any efficient intervening cause. PAGE 26 The longer version can be shortened by removing ―sufficient intervening cause‖ *memorize definition of proximate cause* FACTS: 1976: 2 vessels collided . NCC Responsibility for fault or negligence under the preceding article is entirely separate and distinct from the civil liability arising from negligence under the Penal Code. resp sought rd to implead Central Bank and Aurellano as 3 party defendants. burning the bus and the 4 passengers. When they approached the bus. a legal fiction invented to promote the ends of justice or to prevent injustice and the occurrence of injuries where otherwise there would be no remedy. 10 men came. 1987 the action has prescribed. has a well recognized application to proceedings at law. HELD: Action for damages arising from QD should be filed within 4 yrs from the day cause of action accrued. when the complain in the case was filed. 1977. and without which the result would not have occurred. the date when Monetary Board ordered GenBank to desist from doing business in the Philippines.Respondent relies on the Doctrine of Relations or Relations Bank Doctrine to support his claim that the rd cause of action as against the proposed 3 party defendant accrued only on Dec 12. all constituting a natural and continuous chain of events.RTC denied admission of 3 party complainant. 1980 when the Monetary Board ordered the GenBank to rd desist fr doing biz in the Phils. Since it was founded on tortuous interference. . 1979. a fierce fire started. Petitioner believes that the cause of action accrued on Mar 25. it prescribes in 4 yrs. Complainant should have filed before Mar 25. Medina: Proximate cause is that cause which.
who is presumed to know the hazards of the job. Prof. The claimant must establish that he had no negligence. natural and logical consequence of the wounds inflicted upon him by the accused (People v Cardenas). Foreseeable intervening forces are within the scope of the original risk. the final event in the chain immediately effecting the injury as a natural and probable result of the cause which first acted. he died of tetanus. the truck driver must be held liable. 1980. have reasonable ground to expect at the moment of his act or default that an in jury to some person might probably result therefrom. especially one which has not been cleaned for years. The truck driver‘s negligence was far from being a passive and static condition and was rather an indispensable and efficient cause. v IAC FACTS: A dump truck. which had not been cleaned for 19 years. PAGE 27 driver‘s negligence. seeing that the account number coincided with the name Florencio. as an ordinarily prudent and intelligent person. What the petitioners describe as an ―intervening cause‖ was no more than a foreseeable consequence of the risk created by the negligent manner in which the truck driver had parked the dump truck. On November 14. The infection was. without clearance from the market master. Before the award was made (he lost). His car smashed into the dump truck. and for having so created this risk. Fernando v CA FACTS: Bertulano was invited to bid for the reemptying of a septic tank. Note: The court adopted the Bataclan definition of proximate cause. The death of the victim must be the direct. Considering the nature of the task of emptying a septic tank.. ISSUE: What was the proximate cause of the death of the victims? HELD: The proximate cause of the death of the victims was their failure to take precautionary measures for their safety. not the hacking. On November 5. Note: The court adopted the Bataclan definition of proximate cause. he requested PCIB to effect a withdrawal from his savings account there and have it deposited with his current account with Pilipinas Bank. ISSUE: What was the proximate cause of the injury to Reyes? HELD: The proximate cause of the injury is the negligence of Pilipinas Bank‘s employee in erroneously positing the cash deposit of Reyes in the name of another depositor who had a similar first name. Quoted Taylor. Santos. Dionisio was on his way home when his car headlights allegedly suddenly failed. Javier was brought to a doctor who issued a certificate stating the incapacitation is from 7-9 days. was the proximate cause of Javier‘s death. ISSUE: WON the hacking by Urbano of Javier was the proximate cause of Javier‘s death. Quoting Posser and Keeton on “Foreseeable intervening causes”: If the intervening cause is one which in ordinary human experience is reasonable to be anticipated. an ordinarily prudent person would undoubtedly be aware of the attendant risks. the defendant may be negligent xxx because of failure to guard against it. but it should have been Rakes Jec . or one which the defendant has reason to anticipate under the particular circumstances. The Current Account Bookkeeper of Pilipinas Bank. but wrote the name of Florencio Reyes as the depositor‘s name. therefore. and hence of the defendant‘s negligence. distinct and foreign to the crime. The improper parking of the truck created an unreasonable risk of injury for anyone driving down General Lacuna St. was parked askew on the right hand side of the street in such a manner as to stick out onto General Lacuna St. partly blocking the way of oncoming traffic. Note: Court mentioned foreseeability. was the proximate cause of the accident. and not the negligence of Dionisio. Urbano hacked Javier in his right palm. under such circumstances that the person responsible for the first event should. At 1:30AM. He switched his headlights on ―bright‖ and saw the truck looming 2 ½ meters away from his car. To cover the face value of the checks. A higher degree of diligence is expected from an expert. close causal connection with its immediate predecessor. Casis included the case to show that it is not necessary to attend school to be an expert. an old hand in this kind of service. Javier was seen catching fish in dirty shallow irrigation canals after a typhoon. More so with Bertulano. They died in the septic tank due to the intake of toxic gas produced from the waste matter therein.TORTS AND DAMAGES Urbano v IAC FACTS: On October 23. HELD: The tetanus. The collision of Dionisio‘s car with the dump truck was a natural and foreseeable consequence of the truck Pilipinas Banking v CA FACTS: Florencio Reyes issued two post-dated checks. The employee should have continuously gone beyond mere assumption. deposited the amount in the account of Florencio Amador. ---NO. or the defendant may e negligent only for that reason. CLASS NOT ES Government negligence was not the proximate cause because it was not continuing. who made the deposit. Phoenix Construction Inc. ISSUE: What was the proximate cause of the accident? HELD: The wrongful and negligent parking of the truck. Medical findings lead to a distinct possibility that the infection of the wound by tetanus was an efficient intervening cause later or between the time Javier was wounded to the time of his death. There were no early warning devices placed near the truck. wrote the wrong account number on the deposit slip. he and 4 companions surreptitiously entered the septic tank. owned by Phoenix.
Dacara. Gayetano jumped or fell from the rig. the horse was conducted to the curb and an appreciable interval of time elapsed before the horse started to career up to the street. 2202. The lower court found that no evidence was presented that sufficient and adequate precautionary signs were placed in the said street. upon a combined consideration of logic. This case adds the element of foreseeability. ISSUE: WON the hacking was the proximate cause of Javier‘s death. Proximate cause is determined from the facts of each case. Distinguished from other kinds a. unbroken by any efficient intervening cause. b. On November 5. Note: Different definition of PC from Bataclan case. CL ASS NOTE The remote cause was noted to be the wound of Urbano. Gavino was the compulsory pilot. for failure to take necessary precautions. foreseeability should not be a factor. Moreover. while driving a Toyota Corolla. if there intervened between such prior or remote cause and the injury a distinct. ISSUE: WON Araneta is liable for Gayetano‘s death. ISSUE: What was the proximate cause of the accident? HELD: The negligence of the Quezon City Government was the proximate cause of the accident. This frightened the horse and caused it to run up the street with Gayetano still inside the carromata. produces the result complained of and without which would not have occurred and from which it ought to have been foreseen or reasonably anticipated by a person of ordinary care that the injury complained of or some similar injury. Concurrent Far Eastern Shipping Company v CA CLASS NOT ES Classical description of remote cause with series of events. Remoquillo: A prior and remote cause cannot be made the basis of an action if such remote cause did nothing more than furnish the condition or give rise to the occasion by which the injury was made possible. Urbano hacked Javier in his right palm. such that the result would not have occurred otherwise. Citing Manila Electric v. if there‘s a case similar to Pilipinas Bank. ---NO. unbroken by any efficient intervening cause. Note: Followed Bataclan‘s definition. --NO. Pagnaya fixed the bridle on the curb. saying he hailed the carromata first. Javier was seen catching fish in dirty shallow irrigation canals after a typhoon. FACTS: A ship owned by FESC rammed into the apron of the pier. causing the carromata to hit a telephone booth and caused it to crash. free form the control of the bit. 2. unrelated and efficient cause of the injury. Casis’s opinion: There‘s no basis for this additional element. Kavankov was the master of the vessel. Urbano v IAC FACTS: On October 23. as a result of which. On November 14. successive. Javier was brought to a doctor who issued a certificate stating the incapacitation is from 7-9 days. by getting out and taking his post at the head of the horse. the driver was the person primarily responsible for the control of the animal. he died of tetanus. Jec . Araneta held the reins of the horse. Under Art. would result therefrom as a natural and probable cause. apply Pilipinas Bank definition* Quezon City v Dacara FACTS: At about 1AM. with tetanus may have been the proximate cause of Javier‘s death with which Urbano had nothing to do. 1980. in natural and continuous sequence. After Pagnaya alighted. causing injuries from which he soon died. So as a solution. Remote Gabeto v Araneta FACTS: Gayetano (husband of plaintiff) and Ilano took a carromata to go to a cockpit. and Araneta cannot be charged with liability for the accident resulting from the action of the horse thereafter. the bit came off the horse‘s mouth. HELD: There is a likelihood that the wound was but the remote cause and its subsequent infection. (son of petitioner). Proximate cause is defined as any cause that produces injury in a natural and continuous sequence. The horse. CLASS NOT ES *Sir said that there is a problem with foreseeability as an element. common sense. Prof. It is not the counting of the time but the SERIES CLASS NOT ES An admission by the court that proximate cause is what they think is fair in each case. moved away. policy and precedent. rammed into a pile of earth/street diggings (accident mound) found at Matahimik St. When the carromata was about to move.TORTS AND DAMAGES PAGE 28 Proximate cause is any cause which. even though such injury would not have happened except but for such condition or occasion. HELD: Araneta‘s act of stopping the rig was too remote from the accident to be considered the legal or proximate cause thereof. Driver Pagnaya pulled the reins to take it away from Araneta‘s control.
Gavino was negligent for failing to react on time. CL ASS NOTE Prof. It applied the substantial factor test: It is a rule under this test that if the actor’s conduct is a substantial factor in bringing about the harm to another. either is responsible for the whole injury. What is the rule on liability? –liability is impossible to determine in what proportion each contributed to the injury Sabido v Custodio FACTS: Custodio. only the CA did. Note: The substantial factor test contains no element of foreseeability. and without which the result would not have occurred. Casis thinks that this case should not be cited for the substantial factor test because the SC did not apply the test. who died as a result thereof. are. although acting independently of each other.TORTS AND DAMAGES HELD: The carrier and its driver were negligent for allowing Custodio to hang by the side of the bus. ISSUE: Who was negligent --. Negligence. ISSUE: Who is liable?-Jeep. was hanging onto its left side. causing it to be unbalanced. encroaching on the opposite Jec . of the negligence of the truck driver and its owner. both acts of negligence are the proximate cause of Custodio‘s death. and that such cause is not attributable to the person injured. it was still within the speed limit allowed in highways. in its execution. a person is not relieved from liability because he is responsible for only one of them. Note: Liability of concurrent negligence = solidary. a speeding truck going in the opposite direction side-swiped Custodio. There is no contribution between joint tortfeasors whose liability is solidary since both of them are liable for the whole damage. Although the negligence of the carrier and its driver is independent. The bus driver had little time to react and had no options available: it could not swerve to the right (western shoulder was narrow and had tall grasses. Substantial factor = Main cause. it being sufficient that the negligence of the person charged with injury is an efficient cause without which the injury would not have resulted to as great an extent. and it is impossible to determine in what proportion each contributed to the injury. or the same damage might have resulted from the acts of the other tortfeasor.Gavino or Kvankov? --BOTH. CL ASS NOTE Refers to absolute cause This is the strictest test Prof. Each wrongdoer is responsible for the entire result and is liable as though his acts were the sole cause of the injury. While the bus was negotiating a sharp curve of a bumpy and downward slope. Cause in fact Traditionally. HELD: The Supreme Court was not convinced by the application of the substantial factor test. The Court of Appeals ruled that the bus driver was negligent. 103-114) Tests of proximate cause 1. “But for” Bataclan v Medina CL ASS NOTE Proximate cause is that cause which. HELD: Both Gavino (compulsory pilot) and Kavankov (master of the vessel) were concurrently negligent. Casis thinks that this is a problematic case because the facts would indicate that the victim was at fault because he was negligent. in order to render a person liable need not be the sole cause of an injury. A Philippine Rabbit Bus from the opposite lane bumped the rear portion of the jeep. which made the jeep turn around. already near the canal) or to the left (it would have it the jeep head-on). produces the injury. Where several causes combine to produce injuries. a passenger of a bus. in natural and continuous sequence. Kavankov was negligent in leaving the entire docking procedure up to Gavino instead of being vigilant. Even though the bus was driving at 80-90 kph. Substantial Factor 1 SANGCO (pp. The truck driver was also negligent for speeding through the middle portion of the road. ISSUE: Who was negligent and what is the extent of liability? ---BOTH solidarily liable. unbroken by any efficient intervening cause. Three passengers of the jeep died as a result. PAGE 29 lane. even though his act alone might not have caused the entire injury. the direct and proximate cause of a single injury to a third person. Tests a. Reason: It is impossible to determine in what proportion each contributed to the injury and either of them is responsible for the whole injury. the degree of participation does not matter. Where the concurrent or successive negligent acts or omission of two or more persons. The driver stepped on the brake. in combination. not the only cause Important : memorize the test *This is the only case that defines substantial factor test* *Also see Pilipinas Bank* b. the fact that the actor neither foresaw nor should have foreseen the extent of the harm or the manner in which it occurred does not prevent him from being liable. courts have used the term proximate cause as descriptive of the actual ―cause in fact‖ relation which must exist Philippine Rabbit Bus Lines v IAC FACTS: A jeep was carrying passengers to Pangasinan when its right rear wheel became detached. Note: Italicized phrase=‖but for‖ test CL ASS N O T E S () If the concurrent act was the proximate cause. 3.
fully acquainted with all the circumstances which in fact exist. The converse of the rule: a negligent act cannot be said to be the proximate cause of an accident unless the accident could have been avoided without such negligent act. according to common experience and the usual course of events. The natural and probable consequences have been said to be those which human foresight can anticipate because they happen so frequently they may be expected to recur. the fact that the actor neither foresaw nor should have foreseen the extent of the harm or the manner in which it occurred does not prevent him from being liable. but rather. between a defendant‘s conduct and a plaintiff‘s injury before liability may arise. it is not the unusual nature of the of the act resulting in injury to plaintiff that is the test of foreseeability but whether the result of the act is within the ambit Jec . in fact show that the defendant‘s conduct was not a factor in causing plaintiff‘s damage. and that as far as proximate cause is concerned. 6. This is based on the principle that in tort. provided only that they are not too remote. But if it shows that his conduct was a factor in causing such damage then the further question is whether his conduct played such a part in causing the damage as would make him the author of such damage and be liable in the eyes of the law. If the foreseeable risk to plaintiff created a duty which the defendant breached. 5. and viewing the event in retrospect to the act. PAGE 30 The consequence of the negligent act must be within the range of probability as viewed by the ordinary man. the injury appears to be the reasonable rather than the extraordinary consequence of the wrong. the matter ends there. Effectiveness of the cause. 8. A party guilty of negligence or omission of duty is responsible for all the consequences which a prudent and experienced party. or such as. Ordinary and natural or direct consequences This test states that. or not. the liability of the wrongdoer extends to all the injurious consequences. Foreseeability test Negligence involves a foreseeable risk. an essential element of actionable negligence is lacking. Foreseeability becomes a test in an effort to limit liability to a consequence which has a reasonably close connection with the defendant‘s conduct and the harm which it originally threatened. might reasonably have been anticipated. The first step is to determine whether the defendant‘s conduct was a factor in causing plaintiff‘s damage. where it in fact resulted as a direct consequence of the defendant‘s act. if negligence is a cause in fact of the injury under the criteria previously discussed. the question is not whether the damage was foreseen or foreseeable. the term ―probable‖ is used in the sense of ―foreseeable. liability is imposed for any resulting injury within the orbit or scope of such injury. 7. whether they could have been ascertained by reasonable diligence. 3.‖ An injury is deemed the natural and probable result of a negligent act if after the event. would have thought at the time of the negligent act as reasonably possible to follow. When the result complained of is not reasonably foreseeable in the exercise of ordinary care under all the facts as they existed. The Restatement adopts the rule that if the actor‘s conduct is a substantial factor in bringing about the harm to another. For this purpose. if they had been suggested to his mind. „but for‟ rule Whether such conduct is a cause without which the injury would not have taken place (referred to as the sine qua non rule) or is the efficient cause which set in motion the chain of circumstances leading to the injury A cause need not be the sole cause of the injury but it is enough that it should be the concurrent proximate cause It is useful and generally adequate for determining whether specific conduct actually caused the harmful result in question but it cannot be indiscriminately used as an unqualified measure of the defendant‘s liability because an actor‘s negligence is not a substantial factor in bringing about harm to another if the harm was sustained even if the actor were negligent. Natural and probable consequence test This test is designed to limit the liability of a negligent actor by holding him responsible only for injuries which are the probable consequences of his conduct as distinguished from consequences that are merely possible. a threatened danger or injury and conduct unreasonable in proportion to danger.TORTS AND DAMAGES which his negligence has resulted in the harm It is preferable to use the ‗but for‘ test in connection with the substantial factor test since the former is the adverse of the restatement formulation. 2. If the injury as to causes. Substantial factor test under Restatement Question to ask: Was the defendant‘s conduct a substantial factor in producing the plaintiff‘s injuries? The actor‘s negligent conduct is a legal cause of harm to another if: a) his conduct is a substantial factor in bringing about the harm b) there is no law relieving the actor of liability because of the manner in 4. as a matter of legal policy. Orbit of the risk test This was intended to be a test of duty and not a test of proximate cause. The foreseeability test is applied in conjunction with the natural and probable consequences test. the wrongdoer is liable for all the consequences which naturally flow from his wrongful act. Hindsight test The hindsight test eliminates foreseeability as an element.
the company is not going to be justified in negligently destroying the house c. Although there is still lack of a definite ruling by the Court. was parked askew on the right hand side of the street. CLASS NOTES The cause is the active aspect whereas the condition is the passive action that may produce the injury. It is not the distinction which is important. McKee v IAC FACTS: A cargo truck and a Ford Escort were traveling in opposite directions. in the sense of necessary antecedents which have played an important part in producing the result. Efficient Intervening cause CLASS NOT ES Rodrigueza v Manila Railroad FACTS: The house of Rodrigueza and 3 others were burned when a passing train emitted a great quantity of sparks from its smokestack. ISSUE: What was the cause and condition of the accident? HELD: The cause was Magno‘s own negligence. Even the lapse of a considerable time during which the ―condition‖ remains static will not necessarily affect liability. When the car was 10 meters Jec . and thus consent of the train company. Manila Electric v Remonquillo FACTS: Efren Magno repaired the media agua below Peñaloza‘s 3-storey house. HELD: The distinctions between cause and condition have already been almost entirely discredited. this fact would not justify the defendant in negligently destroying it. PAGE 31 house was built on the same spot before the defendant laid its tracks over the land. any violation of administrative ordinances and the like would either be seen as 1) negligence per se or 2) prima facie evidence of negligence. The condition was the too close proximity of the media agua. the end of the iron sheet he was holding came into contact with an uninsulated electric wire of Manila Electric. Casis thinks that the 8 tests mentioned in Sangco are not practical and relevant because they are all similarly described and the courts never use them. The efficient intervening cause is actually a proximate cause. Cause = the sparks on the train which was the negligent act of the defendant. in such a manner as to stick out onto General Lacuna Street. its edge. It cannot be cited in saying that cause and condition are no longer applicable in our jurisdiction because it only said that it is discredited. Posser and Keeton: So far as the fact of causation is concerned. (2) his house remained on this ground by the tolerance. partly blocking the way of oncoming traffic. Note: Condition = plaintiff‘s house was partly within the defendant‘s property. It is not an efficient intervening cause when it is already in existence during the happening of the proximate cause. Negligence of the defendant if pre-empted by the negligence of the plaintiff. causing his death by electrocution. There were no early warning devices placed near the truck. CLASS NOTES Rodrigueza was not guilty of contributory negligence Even if condition was created. of the hazards covered by the duty imposed upon the defendant. owned by Phoenix. Rodrigueza‘s house was partly within the property of the Manila Railroad. In the course of the repair. The distance from the electric wire to the media agua was only 2 ½ feet. but the nature of the risk and the character of the intervening cause. (3) even supposing the house to be improperly there. it is quite impossible to distinguish between active forces and passive situations. It should occur after the purported proximate cause because it would then be a condition. to the electrical wire of the company by reason of the violation of the original permit given by the city and the subsequent approval of said illegal construction of media agua. Rodrigueza‘s The efficient intervening cause destroys the link between the negligent act and injury. ISSUE: WON Manila Railroad‘s negligence was the proximate cause of the fire HELD: Yes.TORTS AND DAMAGES A condition was a cause at some point in time. The fact that Rodrigueza‘s house was partly on the defendant‘s property is an antecedent condition that may have made the fire possible but cannot be imputed as contributory negligence because: (1) that condition was not created by himself. It is difficult to distinguish between a cause and a condition because of the time element. Cause and Condition Phoenix v CA FACTS: A dump truck. or rather. particularly since the latter are the result of other active forces which have gone before. CL ASS NOTE Prof. Dionisio was on his way home when his car headlights allegedly suddenly failed. At 1:30 am. He switched his headlights on ―bright‖ and saw the truck looming 2 ½ meters away from his car. in violation of the regulation of the City of Manila requiring 3 feet. 4. His car smashed into the dump truck.
CLASS NOT ES CLASS NOT ES Rule: if the injury was caused by an act which the statute violated tended to prevent. in violation of an ordinance requiring 2 stairways. and attempted to return to his lane. or if some highway men after looting the vehicle sets it on fire. causing his death by electrocution. unexpected and extraordinary. Can you apply this if what is involved is a national statute?. Calls and shouts for help were made in the neighborhood. fell into a canal or ditch. and turned turtle. In the course of the repair. if through some event. and pins down a passenger. the end of the iron sheet he was holding came into contact with an uninsulated electric wire of Manila Electric. was the very thing which the stature or ordinance was intended to prevent. the trapping of passengers and the call for outside help. which was the actual cause of the tragedy. Note: The PC of the deaths is the overcrowding brought about by the violation. ISSUE: WON there was an efficient intervening cause – NO. HELD: Although it may be said that the act of the car driver. A fire broke out in a nearby store and the students panicked and caused a stampede. the negligent act of the truck driver. But this is only of limited application and is not yet settled. such as looking back toward the street and at the wire to avoid its contacting the said iron sheet. Effects of violation of statute is not settled. b) prima facie proof of negligence. Four students died. It may be that ordinarily. the court did not specifically identify the violation itself as the PC. The distance from the electric wire to the media agua was only 2 ½ feet. one might still contend that the proximate cause of his death was the fire and not the overturning of the vehicle. it cannot be said that the same caused the eventual injuries and deaths because of the occurrence of a sufficient intervening event.You might be able to use argument by analogy* The IC here was the ―turning‖ What could have been the IC now becomes the remote cause Teague v Fernandez Urbano v IAC Jec . Before he could do so. ISSUE: WON there was an efficient intervening cause – YES. merely causing him physical injuries. the gasoline began to leak and escape from the gasoline tank. away from the bridge. swerved to the left and entered the truck‘s lane. He then switched on the headlights. in violation of the regulation of the City of Manila requiring 3 feet. braked. considering the latter‘s length of 6 feet. Bataclan v Medina FACTS: A bus was speeding on its way to Pasay City at 2AM when one of its front tires burst. PAGE 32 FACTS: A vocational school for hair and beauty culture had only one stairway. was the initial act in the chain of events. In the present case. It was the truck driver‘s subsequent negligence in failing to take the proper measure and degree of care necessary to avoid the collision.TORTS AND DAMAGES by lightning. CLASS NOT ES The Court did not agree with the theory of the defense that it was the bringing of the torch which was the proximate cause as it was an act of rescue and hence cannot be considered as negligence Manila Electric v Remonquillo FACTS: Efren Magno repaired the media agua below Penaloza‘s 3-story house. his car collided with the truck. When they approached the bus. ISSUE: WON there was an efficient intervening cause – YES. The car driver blew the horn. It appears that as the bus overturned. and that the lighted torch set it on fire. in the manner in which it happened. say. and the passenger is burned to death. d) proof of negligence *Limited application because it‘s municipal ordinance. ISSUE: WON there was an independent intervening cause – NO. HELD: the violation of a stature or ordinance is not rendered remote as the cause of an injury by the intervention of another agency if the occurrence of the accident. HELD: The coming of the men with the torch was to be expected and was a natural sequence of the overturning of the bus. Four passengers were unable to get out of the bus. the violation was a continuing violation in that the ordinance was a measure of safety designed to prevent the specific situation of undue crowding in case of evacuation. spreading over the bus and the ground under it. when a passenger bus overturns. 10 men came. 2 boys suddenly darted into the car‘s lane. a fierce fire started. if at all negligent. as a result of which the vehicle zigzagged. c) rebuttable proof of negligence. However. burning the bus and the 4 passengers. the overturned bus is set on fire. It can be: a) negligence per se. one of them carrying a lighted torch made of bamboo with a wick fueled in petroleum. At 2:30AM. which was the proximate cause of the tragedy. HELD: Efficient intervening cause: the negligent and reckless act of MAgno in turning around and swinging the galvanized iron sheet without taking any precaution. the violation of the statute can be considered negligence per se and is the proximate cause.
Smith driving his car stayed on his right lane and so both Picart and Smith were on the same lane. having failed to take the last clear chance. or should have been aware of it in the reasonable exercise of due care.Practical importance of LCCD The negligent defendant is held liable to a negligent plaintiff. Thus. or even to a plaintiff who has been grossly negligent in placing himself in peril. However. So. however. Last clear chance contemplates a series of negligent acts. HELD: The death must be the direct. The doctrine also cannot be extended into the field of joint tortfeasors as a test whether one of them should be liable to the injured person. 3) concurrent negligence Phoenix Construction v IAC . was his duty to avoid the threatened harm by bringing the car to a stop or taking the other lane to avoid the collision. This negligence of Smith was the immediate and determining cause of the accident and the antecedent negligence of Picart was a more remote factor -Applied the LCCD and made the defendant liable PAGE 33 import (stated above) provides that negligent defendant shall be liable to negligent plaintiff. by exercising reasonable care and prudence. FACTS: Picart riding his pony was on the wrong side of the road. Victims‘ heirs filed this case to claim damages from bus and truck RATIO: Last Clear Chance Doctrine: negligence of the plaintiff does not preclude a recovery for the negligence of the defendant where it appears that the defendant. in the case at bar. Last clear chance cannot apply when there are: 1) contractual relations. Smith stayed on his lane and swerved to the other lane quickly. The doctrine of last clear chance would apply even if the plaintiff is grossly negligent. Dionisio filed an action for damages against Phoenix. Pony became frightened and lost control and Picart was thrown out of the pony and got injured. Thus. Exceptions. show that the infection of the wound by the tetanus was an effacing intervening cause later or between the time Javier was wounded to the time of death. Thus. The medical findings. had in fact had an opportunity later than that of the plaintiff to avoid an accident FACTS: Collision between a truck and a bus when the bus tried to overtake a hand tractor. if he. the LCCD does not arise where the passenger demands responsibility from the carrier to enforce its contractual obligations. and logical consequence of the wounds inflicted upon him by the accused. t take into consideration the NATURE OF HORSES and the ANIMAL NOT BEING ACQUAINTED TO CARS. many were killed and injured. he died of tetanus. Picart then filed a case against Jec . might have avoided injurious consequences to the plaintiff notwithstanding the plaintiff‘s negligence. Javier was seen catching fish in dirty shallow irrigation canals after a typhoon. without reference to the prior negligence of the other party. bus driver did not mind and instead applied more speed. the doctrine cannot apply in this case because this is NOT a suit between owners and drivers but a suit brought by the heirs of the deceased passengers against both owners and drivers of the colliding vehicles . 2) joint tortfeasors. Javier was brought to a doctor who issued a certificate stating the incapacitation is from 7-9 days. Negligence of Smith succeeded the negligence of Picart by an appreciable interval. ISSUE: WON there was efficient intervening cause – YES. 2179. thereby almost hitting the pony. On November 5.did not apply LCCD FACTS: On October 23. natural. Urbano hacked Javier in his right palm. Last Clear Chance CLASS NOT ES Take note of the definition of last clear chance in all the cases. the statements made on the Last Clear Chance Doctrine were merely obiter FACTS: Dionisio was on his way home from a cocktails and dinner-meeting when he collided with the dumptruck of Phoenix which was parked askew at the side of the road. th saw the pony when he was still far and he had control of the situation. Phoenix invoked the Last Clear Chance Doctrine: Dionisio had the Last Clear Chance of avoiding the accident and so Dionisio. ON November 14. ligence of Smith: when it exposed Picart and pony to danger.TORTS AND DAMAGES Smith RATIO: The negligent acts of both parties were NOT contemporaneous. include joint tortfeasors (according to Americn Jurisprudence). 1980.basis for saying that there is doubt in the application of the Last Clear Chance Doctrine because of Art. aware of the plaintiff‘s peril. The definition of last clear chance in the case of Bustamante is deemed to be the common definition (from the point of view of recovery of plaintiff) and is defined as an exception to a rule. CLASS N O T E S () CLASS NOT E CLASS NOT E Important: there should be a sequence of events Was there expert testimony here or did they use RIL?-no discussion in the case Bustamante v CA . The practical 4. Bus saw that the truck‘s wheels were wiggling and that truck was heading towards his lane. Still. must bear his own injuries alone Picart v Smith *Provides for the classic definition of Last Clear Chance: the person who has the last fair chance to avoid the impending harm and fails to do so is chargeable with the consequences.
Secretary would write the account number of husband. PBC-1997: appreciably later in time CLASS NOT ES Philippine Bank of Commerce v CA . To say that Phoenix should be absolved from liability would come close to wiping out the fundamental law that a man must respond for the foreseeable consequences of his own negligent act or omission. last clear chance was deemed to be a valid defense. Article 2179 on contributory negligence is not an exercise in chronology or physics but what is important is the negligent act or omission of each party and the character and gravity of the risks created by such act or omission for the rest of the community. what is more important is the nature. simply by faithfully observing their self-imposed validation procedure.did not apply the doctrine of last clear chance because the other party was not negligent RATIO: The Last Clear Chance doctrine of the Common Law was imported into our jurisdiction by Picart vs. 60% by PBC -applied LCCD in knowing whether PBC was negligent PAGE 34 Glan People‟s Lumber & Hardware v IAC . but the negligent act of one is appreciably later in time than that of the other. the doctrine of Last Clear Chance would still absolve him from any actionable responsibility for the accident because both drivers had full view of each other‘s vehicle. The truck stopped 30 m away from the jeep and so by this time. RMC‘s funds were now in Secretary‘s husband‘s account. validated a blank duplicate copy of the deposit slip. Still. 2) appreciable time bet. Furthermore.may be used as basis against the ruling made on Last Clear Chance Doctrine in the case of Phoenix FACTS jeep and cargo truck collided jeepney driver came from a beach party jeep was zigzagging cargo truck was staying on his lane because the line in the road was wrongly painted case filed by heirs of the driver of the jeep who died as a result of the collision RATIO: . Rather. However. Smith but it is still a matter of debate whether. or when it is impossible to determine whose fault or negligence should be attributed to the incident. 60-40 ratio! 40% of the damages shall be borne by RMC. teller. court should allocate risks (policy of consideration) Historical function of last clear chance: mitigate harshness of doctrine of contributory negligence Nature of negligent act should determine liability. Jec . court said that RMC was also negligent in not checking its monthly statements of account. BUT in the Philippines we have Article 2179 of the Civil Code which rejects the Common Law doctrine of contributory negligence. the court in this case stated that it does not believe so that the general concept of Last Clear Chance has been utilized in our jurisdiction. not sequence of events Does the last clear chance doctrine still stand? Yes. the one who had the last clear opportunity to avoid the impending harm and failed to do so is chargeable with the consequence thereof The bank had the last clear opportunity to avert the injury incurred by its client. this ruling would clearly apply to exonerate truck driver . Thus. Applied 2179 of CC on contributory negligence. the truck driver‘s parking askew led to an increased diligence for the driver of the car. not the order of events. it has found its way into the Civil Code of the Philippines. 2 negligent acts and it is impossible to determine whose fault or negligence caused injury Problem: overlaps with doctrine of concurrent negligence CLASS NOT ES How did the case of Glan People’s Lumber affect the case of Phoeix? In the case of Glan. the doctrine of Last Clear Chance also cannot apply because there is no negligence of the other party .Even assuming that the truck driver was negligent. LAST CLEAR CHANCE Aka supervening negligence or discovered peril Where both parties are negligent. Court also applied Last Clear Chance Doctrine in saying that PBC was really negligent. RMC discovered this after 7 yers and then filed a case against PBC to return its money RATIO: PBC was negligent when its employee. In the case at hand. it turns out that the Secretary would leave blank the duplicate copy of the deposit slip where the bank‘s teller would validate it. or to what extent. because it was still used in later cases Phoenix-1987. In last clear chance. Smith. which involved a similar state of facts .apply the last Clear Chance Doctrine when fault or negligence is difficult to attribute Elements: 1) 2 parties negligent.Thus. -LCCD was not applied because the court thinks that it is not applicable in our jurisdiction CLASS NOT ES The issue on the element of foreseeability: There is no general concept of last clear chance.The truck driver was not negligent and so cannot be held liable. timing is of the essence. PBC was also lackadaisical in its selection and supervision on the teller since it never knew that blank deposit slips were validated until this incident . Thus.The doctrine of Last Clear Chance provides a valid and complete defense to accident liability today as it did when invoked and applied in the 1918 case of Picart vs. the jeep should have stopped or swerved Jeep driver had the last clear chance to avoid the accident It was the jeep‘s driver who had the duty to seize the opportunity of avoidance and not merely rely on a supposed right to expect that the truck would swerve and leave him a clear path .TORTS AND DAMAGES FACTS: RMC had an account in PBC and Secretary of RMC was tasked to deposit its money. The doctrine was applied by Common Law because they had a rule that contributory negligence prevented any recovery at all by a negligent plaintiff. Instead of writing the account number of the company in the original copy retained by the bank.
and if the injury cannot be avoided by the application of all means at hand after the peril is or should have been discovered. by exercising reasonable care and prudence. it is necessary to show that the person who allegedlty had the last opportunity to avert the accident was aware of the existence of the peril or should. In this case. Pantranco bus was speeding and at the speed of the approaching bus prevented jeepney driver from swerving to avoid collision Jeepney driver had NO opportunity to avoid it .Thus. RATIO: . might have avoided injurious consequences to claimant notwithstanding his negligence The Last Clear Chance doctrine can never apply where the party charged is required to act instantaneously.For the doctrine to be applicable. it was unknown how the kid got into the pool and whether the kid violated one of the regulations of Metropolitan Water District because he went unaccompanied.TORTS AND DAMAGES means at hand after the peril is or should have been discovered In this case. this case was filed by the heirs of the deceased and of the injured to recover damages from the driver and owner of the truck and the owner of the jeepney CA: applied the Doctrine of Last Clear Chance and held that only the truck was liable because although the jeepney was guilty of antecedent negligence. the court said that the doctrine of last clear chance cannot be applied in this case! . then bumped into the jeepney from behind with such violence that 3 passengers died Thus.Court said that the doctrine can never apply where the party charged is required to act instantaneously and if the injury cannot be avoided by the application of all CLASS NOT E Do not apply last clear chance under the emergency rule Important: memorize emergency rule Ong v Metropolitan Water District Anuran v Buno -Last Clear Chance Doctrine was not applied in this case because there was no negligence on the part of the Metropolitan Water District FACTS Kid drowned in one of the pools of Metropolitan Water District Reason why the kid drowned is unknown Employees of the Metropolitan Water District acted as soon as calls for help were heard and tried to revive the kid but he still died Case filed by parents of kid who drowned claiming damages against Metropolitan Water District Parents of kid claim that Metropolitan Water District may still be held liable for the doctrine of Last Clear Chance because it had the last opportunity to save the kid RATIO: There is sufficient evidence to show that Metropolitan Water District had taken all necessary precautions to avoid danger to the lives of its patron or prevent accidents which may cause their deaths FACTS: A passenger jeepney was parked at the side of the road since one of the passengers alighted A motor truck. although it may also be raised as a defense to defeat claim for damages . It also appears that the lifeguard responded to the call for held and immediately made all efforts to resuscitate the kid There is no room in this case for the application of the doctrine! LCCD not applied because no negligence on the part of Metropolitan Water District was proven Pantranco North express Inc v Baesa . jeepney driver did not know of the impending danger because he must have assumed that the bus driver will return to its own lane upon seeing the jeepney approaching from the opposite direction . PAGE 35 Doctrine of Last Clear Chance: negligence of a claimant does not preclude recovery for the negligence of the defendant where it appears that the latter.awareness and opportunity FACTS: Passenger jeepney and Pantranco bus collided when Pantranco bus encroached on the jeepney‘s lane Heirs of passengers in jeepney who died filed this case against Pantranco Pantranco wants the court to apply the doctrine of Last Clear Chance against the jeepney driver saying that the jeepney driver had the last clear chance in avoiding the collision.did not apply LCCD because there was no opportunity to avoid the accident and the jeepney driver was not aware of the peril. It does NOT arise where a Jec .Generally. the last clear chance doctrine is invoked for the purpose of making a defendant liable to a plaintiff who was guilty of prior or antecedent negligence. speeding. with exercise of due care. Pantranco raises the doctrine in order to escape liability . have been aware of it In this case.Sole and proximate cause of the accident: Pantranco‘s driver in encroaching into the lane of the incoming jeepney and in failing to return the bus to its own lane immediately upon seeing the jeepney coming from the opposite direction . the truck was guilty of greater negligence which was the efficient cause of the collision RATIO: Disagreed with the CA and held that both the truck and jeepney were liable The principle of Last Clear Chance would call for the application in a suit between the owners and drivers of the 2 colliding vehicles.However.
is chargeable with the consequences arising therefrom In this case.000.Last Clear Chance Doctrine is NOT applicable in culpa contractual FACTS: LC Diaz had a savings account with Solidbank. Thus. ASB has to bear the loss sued upon -applied the LCCD PAGE 36 CA: found that Solidbank was negligent and it had the last clear chance to avoid the injury if it had only called up LC Diaz to verify the withdrawal RATIO: In this case.TORTS AND DAMAGES that of the other. by simple expedient of faithfully complying with the requirements of banks to ascertain the identity of the persons transacting with them For not observing the degree of diligence required of banking institutions.LCCD not applied passenger demands responsibility from the carrier to enforce its contractual obligations. where neither the contributory negligence of plaintiff nor his last clear chance to avoid the loss. or where it is impossible to determine whose fault or negligence brought about the occurrence of the incident. Solidbank was supposed to return the passbook only to the depositor or his authorized representative. always having in mind the fiduciary nature of their relationship. Solidbank through teller gave it to someone else Solidbank breached its contractual obligation to return the passbook only to the authorized representative of LC Diaz Thus.did not apply LCCD because there was a contractual obligation on the part of the carrier to transport its passengers safely Canlas v CA -Last Clear Chance Doctrine can apply in commercial transactions FACTS: 2 parcels of land owned by Canlas were sold to Manosca Manosca issued 2 check that bounced Manosca was then granted a loan by Asian Savings Bank with the 2 parcels of land as security 2 impostors used who introduced themselves as the spouses Canlas mortgage was foreclosed Canlas wrote to Asian Savings Bank regarding the mortgage of Manosca of the 2 properties without their consent Canlas filed this case for annulment of the deed of real estate mortgage against ASB RATIO: ASB was negligent in not exerting more effort to verify the identity of the sps Canlas The Bank should have required additional proof of the true identity of the impostor aside from their residence certificate Applied the doctrine of Last Clear Chance which states that: Where both parties are negligent but the negligent act of one is appreciable later in a point of time that CLASS NOT ES The Canlas sps.—40-60 . ASB had the last clear chance to prevent fraud. Solidbank is liable for breach of contract due to negligence or culpa contractual The bank is under the obligation to treat the accounts of its depositors with meticulous care. After messenger of LC Diaz deposited amount. With regard to the special power of attorney: the SPA given to Mañosca was to mortgage so the presence of the Canlas sps.00 from its account. the Court talked about 2 definitionsshort and long: take note of these Consolidated Bank & Trust Corporation v CA . was actually not a requirement. For it would be inequitable to exempt the negligent driver of the jeepney and its owners on the ground that the other driver was likewise guilty of negligence . but here. Solidbank was negligent in not returning the passbook to messenger of LC Diaz proximate cause CA wrongly applied the doctrine of last clear chance… Last Clear Chance Doctrine is not applied in this case because Solidbank is liable for breach of contract due to negligence in the performance of contractual obligation to LC Diaz This case of culpa contractual. would exonerate the defendant from liability Such contributory negligence or last clear chance by the plaintiff merely serves to reduce the recovery of damages by the plaintiff but does not exculpate the defendant from his breach of contract LC Diaz guilty of contributory negligence in allowing withdrawal slip signed by its authorized signatories to fall into the hands of an impostor and so liability of Solidbank should be reduced. However. the one who had the last clear opportunity to avoid the impending harm but failed to do so. they failed to do this. Was there really negligence on the part of the bank even if Manosca had an SPA and the land title? In Canlas. in this case. were negligent in giving their title to the property to Mañosca. it took so long so he had to leave the passbook Turns out that the passbook was given to somebody else (not the messenger or any employee of LC Diaz) and was able to withdraw P300. LC Diaz filed this case for the recovery of sum of money against Solidbank CLASS NOT E Implied that the last clear chance doctrine is not applicable to culpa contractual Jec .
should have been aware of it in the reasonable exercise of due care. The doctrine embraces successive acts of negligence: primary negligence on the part of the defendant then contributory negligence on the part of the plaintiff which creates a situation of inextricable peril to him and then becomes passive or static followed by the subsequent negligence of the defendant in failing to avoid injury to the plaintiff. FACTS Iran driving a tamaraw jeepney In the other lane was an isuzu pick-up that was speeding. either because it became physically impossible for him to do so or because he was totally unaware of the danger.Furthermore.did not apply LCCD because no clear chance PAGE 37 exercise of ordinary care should have known that the plaintiff was unable to escape therefrom o That thereafter the defendant had the last clear chance to avoid the accident by the exercise of ordinary care but failed to exercise such last clear chance and the accident occurred as a proximate result of such failure To state a cause of action. had in fact an opportunity later than that of the plaintiff to avoid an accident. Jec . only operative in those cases where. 1.TORTS AND DAMAGES Engada v CA acts of his opponent. notwithstanding the injured person‘s want of care. since it implies contributory negligence on his part. instead applied the emergency rule. or with knowledge of the perilous situation of the person injured carelessly or recklessly injured him.After seeing the tamaraw. if he. doctrine of gross negligence The negligence of the plaintiff does not preclude a recovery for the negligence of the defendant where it appears that the defendant. and is. Right signal light was flashing but swerved to the left and encroached on the lane of tamaraw jeepney Tamaraw jeepney tried to avoid the Isuzu pick-up but Isuzu pick-ip swerved to where tamaraw jeepney was going and so they collided Information was then filed against the driver of the Isuzu pick-up charging him with serious physical injuries and damage to property through reckless imprudence RATIO: It was the Isuzu pick-up truck‘s negligence that was the proximate cause of the collision . is considered in law solely responsible for the consequences of the accident . the doctrine cannot be applied because there was no time or opportunity to ponder the situation at all. 74-81) The Doctrine of Last Clear Chance Also known as the doctrine of discovered peril. or according to some authorities.Isuzu abandoned his lane and did not first see to it that the opposite lane was free from on-coming traffic and was available for safe passage. humanitarian doctrine. . 2. generally speaking. . LCC can only be invoked in favor of the person injured. aware of the plaintiff‘s peril.Last Clear Chance Doctrine was not applied because there was no clear chance –emergency situation. or in the 3. another person wantonly. Elements and conditions of doctrine Facts required: o That the plaintiff was in a position of danger and by his own negligence became unable to escape from such position by the use of ordinary care. (pp. Although the defendant may not invoke the doctrine.Last Clear Chance Doctrine was not applied. no convincing evidence was adduced to support this defense .However. As a phase of proximate cause principle The doctrine of last clear chance negatives an essential element of the defense of contributory negligence by rendering plaintiff‘s negligence a mere condition or remote cause of the accident. the doctrine cannot be extended into the field of joint tortfeasors as a test of whether only one of them should be held liable to the injured person by reason of his discovery of the latter‘s peril and it cannot be invoked as between defendants concurrently negligent. by exercising reasonable care and prudence. notwithstanding the negligent 1 Sangco. The failure to avoid injuring a person occupying a position of peril may be a supervening cause. could not be faulted when he swerved to the lane of Isuzu to the lane of Isuzu to avoid collision Isuzu driver‘s acts had put tamaraw driver in an emergency situation which forced him to act quickly EMERGENCY RULE: an individual who suddenly finds himself in a situation of danger and is required to act without much time to consider the best means that may be adopted to avoid the impending danger. Between the defendants. might have avoided injurious consequences to the plaintiff notwithstanding the plaintiff‘s negligence. There was no clear chance to speak of Thus. Isuzu did not slow down Iran. o The defendant knew that the plaintiff was in a position of danger and further knew. it not guilty of negligence if he fails to undertake what subsequently and upon reflection may appear to be a better solution. A negligent defendant is held liable to a negligent plaintiff or even to a plaintiff who has been grossly negligent in placing himself in peril. driver of Isuzu guilty! . Parties who invoke doctrine Many courts take the view that the doctrine of last clear chance is not available to defendant. it does not preclude him from proving that the plaintiff had the last clear opportunity to avert the injury complained of and thus establish that the plaintiff was guilty of contributory negligence which proximately caused the accident and consequently bars plaintiff‘s recovery. tamaraw driver. the pleader must disclose: o The exposed condition brought about by the negligence of plaintiff or the injured party o The actual discovery by the defendant of the perilous situation of the person or property injured in time to avert injury o Defendant‘s failure thereafter to exercise ordinary care to avert the injury . unless the emergency was brought by his own negligence Defense of Isuzu: invoked Last Clear Chance Doctrine SC: The doctrine of last clear chance states that a person who has the last clear chance or opportunity of avoiding the accident. doctrine of supervening negligence.
Summary on Last Clear Chance The Last Clear Chance Doctrine renders plaintiff‘s contributory negligence as a mere condition Invoked by the plaintiff Cannot be invoked by joint tortfeasors Case Plaintiff WON Why? applied the LCCD Picart vs. you are already liable A. NCC The possessor of an animal or whoever may make use of the same is responsible for the damage which it may cause. Picart (one YES Smith had a Smith of the clear parties who opportunity caused the to avoid the collision) accident Bustamante Passengers NO No Picart v Picart (one Yes Smith had clear Smith of the opportunity to parties who avoid the caused the accident collision) Bustamante v Passengers No No negligent CA of the bus plaintiff because the plaintiff in the case are the passengers of the bus who are asking for damages Phoenix v Phoenix No Doctrine was IAC (one of the not carried over parties who to the CC caused the collision) Philippine RMC (one of Yes Just to know if Bank of the parties PBC was Commerce v who caused negligent but CA the damages were accident) divided 40-60 Glan v IAC Heirs of the No Truck driver driver of the (other party in jeep (one of the collision) - Ong v Metropolitan Anuran Buno v Canlas v CA Parents of the deceased Heirs of the passengers of jeep (with contract) Canals (one of the parties who caused the incident) – for the annulment of the deed LC Diaz – for the recovery of the sum of money No No Yes V. It is also known as ―absolute liability‖ or ―liability without fault. Other names: doctrine of discovered peril. doctrine of supervening negligence. doctrine of gross negligence. humanitarian doctrine. Last clear chance doctrine considered to determine the proximate cause. Last clear chance doctrine should not apply when there is a time sequence. The elements of the doctrine of last clear chance: a) the plaintiff is in danger b) the defendant knew of plaintiff‘s state c) the defendant had the last clear chance to avoid the accident Who may invoke? Solely for plaintiff‘s benefit LCC applies in a suit between the owners and drivers of colliding vehicles. but that is based on the breach of an absolute duty to make something safe. the last clear chance doctrine is a phase of contributory negligence. Engada v CA Inured party (owner of the Tamaraw) No CLASS NOT ES Vestil v IAC FACTS: Theness Uy was bitten by Andoy. It is considered in determining proximate cause Jec . This responsibility shall cease only in case the damage should come from force majeure or from the fault of the person who has suffered damage. It most often applies either to ultra hazardous activities or in product liability cases. It does not arise where a passenger demands responsibility from the carrier to enforce its contractual obligations.‖ Consolidated Bank v CA No CLASS NOT E Test: when the conditions provided in the law exist. 2183. although it may escape or be lost. when the victim was playing with Vestil‘s According to Sangco.TORTS AND DAMAGES Pantranco Baesa v the parties who caused the collision) Heirs of the passengers of jeepney (no contract) was negligent No not There was no opportunity to avoid the accident and driver was not aware of the peril Defendant was not negligent There was contractual relation Defendant bank had the last clear chance to prevent the fraud Note: there was no contractual relation between Canlas and the bank Liability of bank arose from culpa contractual and so doctrine cannot be applied There was no clear chance in avoiding the accident because it was an emergency situation PAGE 38 and should only apply when there is a time sequence. Possessor of animals Art. STRICT LIABILITY Black‟s Law Dictionary definition: Liability does not depend on actual negligence or intent to harm. the dog of Vestil‘s father.
Things thrown or falling from a building Art. Art. Law covers even tame animals as long as they produce injury Dog follows the house: accessory follows the principal (so would a rat living in the house make the house owners liable if the rat bites a guest and causes the latter‘s death?) CLASS NOT E B. Leopoldo Madlangbayan. with complete possession of the house.It does not matter that the dog was tame and was merely provoked by the child into biting her. 2193 The head of a family that lives in a building or a part thereof. the petitioners forget that Theness was only three years old at the time she was attacked and can hardly be faulted for whatever she might have done to the animal. employees Under what conditions? Death or illness arising out of the course of employment CLASS NOT ES Remote control argument does not lie. . Theness. who was only 3 yrs old. unless it should be shown that the latter did not exercise due diligence in the selection or supervision of the plaintiff's fellow worker. wetting the articles and merchandise of the Kanaan's "American Bazaar" in the ground floor. Is A2193. caused the water to spill to the ground and wet the articles and merchandise of the plaintiffs. When the employee's lack of due care contributed to his death or injury. HELD: The obligation imposed by Article 2183 of the Civil Code is not based on the negligence or on the presumed lack of vigilance of the possessor or user of the animal causing the damage. The next day she died of broncho-pneumonia. -Dingcong. CLASS NOT ES This provision applies regardless of how things fell from the house. while riding his bicycle was run over and killed by a truck. Death/Injuries in the course of employment Jec . mechanics or other employees. Dingcong is not the head of a family. carelessly left the faucet open when retiring to bed. -One night. -The widow and children of Madlangbayan brought an action to recover from the defendant corporation under C. rented the ground floor of house where they established the ―American Bazaar‖. workmen. the employer shall not be liable for compensation. owners of establishment Who are they liable to? Laborers. Does it matter if the dog is tame? No. by his negligence in leaving open the faucet. the latter and the employer shall be solidarily liable for compensation. there is no doubt that she and her husband were its possessors at the time of the incident in question. Kanaans filed complaint for damages against Echevarria and Dingcongs. He failed to exercise the diligence of a good father of the family to prevent these damages. despite his power and authority to cause the repair of the pipes. Dingcong v Kanaan FACTS: -The Dingcongs rented a house and established Central Hotel. This is a strict liability case. If a fellow worker's intentional malicious act is the only cause of the death or injury. Casis seems to believe otherwise since A2193 speaks of the liability of a head of family when a structure or similar object falls off the balcony or second storey of his building. Vestils claimed that they don‘t own the dog.While it is true that she is not really the owner of the house. HELD: -Echevarria is liable for being the one who directly. was brought to the hospital and was later discharged. even though the event may have been purely accidental or entirely due to a fortuitous cause. The law does not speak only of vicious animals but covers even tame ones as long as they cause injury. It is based on natural equity and on the principle of social interest that he who possesses animals for his utility. causing the water to run off and spill to the ground. being a co-tenant and manager of the hotel. is responsible for damages caused by things thrown or falling from the same. that it was a tame animal. which was still part of Vicente Miranda's estate. if the death or personal injury arose out of and in the course of the employment. If the mishap was due to the employee's own notorious negligence. 1711 Owners of enterprises and other employers are obliged to pay compensation for the death of or injuries to their laborers. but after 9 days she was readmitted for exhibiting signs of hydrophobia and vomiting of saliva. Afable v Singer Sewing Machine FACTS: -One Sunday afternoon. Kanaan. . or drunkenness. and that Theness provoked the dog so it bit her.TORTS AND DAMAGES PAGE 39 child in their compound. or voluntary act. the employer shall not be answerable. At the time of his death he was returning home after making some collections. pleasure or service must answer for the damage which such animal may cause. Echevarria. must also be responsible for the damages caused. -Uys sued Vestil for being the possessor of Andoy. 1712 If the death or injury is due to the negligence of a fellow worker.CC applicable in this case? Prof. a collector for the Singer Sewing Machine Company. As for the alleged provocation. the compensation shall be equitably reduced.al. et. Can water be considered as a thing thrown or falling? Art. CLASS NOT ES Who is liable? Employers. The employer is also liable for compensation if the employee contracts any illness or disease caused by such employment or as the result of the nature of the employment. Echeverria rented room in the hotel.
The service supplier is liable for redress. 106. producer or importer shall not be held liable when it evidences: (a) that it did not place the product on the market. 3428. A service is not considered defective because of the use or introduction of new techniques. b) voluntary act of the employee and c) drunkenness. A product is not considered defective because another better quality product has been placed in the market.‖ The first refers to the origin or cause of the accident. The supplier of the services shall not be held liable when it is proven: (a) that there is no defect in the service rendered. The service is defective when it does not provide the safety the consumer may rightfully expect of it. as well as for the insufficient or inadequate information on the use and hazards thereof. place. he did so at his own risk. . taking the relevant circumstances into consideration. . toilet articles and similar goods shall be liable for death or injuries caused by any noxious or harmful substances used. and any importer. and are descriptive of its character. 3812 to "arising out of and in the course of". if the damage is caused by a component or part incorporated in the product or service. be subject to a fine of not less than Five thousand pesos Act No. its manufacturer. manufacture. 99. RATIO: -The phrase "due to and in the pursuance of" used in section 2 of Act No. while the words "in the course of" refer to the time. -The words "arising out of" refer to the origin or cause of the accident. No. 3428 was changed in Act No. 2187 Manufacturers and processors of foodstuffs. Art. Product liability Art. construction. Penalties. 97. (c) the time when it was provided. independently of fault. (b) that the consumer or third party is solely at fault. -If the deceased saw fit to change his residence from San Francisco del Monte to Manila and to make use a bicycle in going back and forth. Liability for the Defective Products. and if he made collections on Sunday. if there is more than one person responsible for the cause of the damage. taking relevant circumstances into consideration. although no contractual relation exists between them and the consumers. Risks to which all persons similarly situated are equally exposed and not traceable in some special degree to the particular employment are excluded. cosmetic. toilet articles Under what circumstances? Death or injuries caused by noxious or harmful substances Who are they liable to? Anyone who consumed goods (even if goods were stolen) Consumer Act Art. he did not do so in pursuance of his employment. and circumstances under which the accident takes place. for damages caused to consumers by defects relating to the rendering of the services. -As a general rule an employee is not entitled to recover from personal injuries resulting from an accident that befalls him while going to or returning from his place of employment. The manufacturer. By the use of these words it was not the intention of the legislature to make the employer an insurer against all accidental injuries which might happen to an employee while in the course of the employment. (c) that the consumer or a third party is solely at fault. and they sought to recover under sections 8 and 10 of Act No. (b) use and hazards reasonably expected of it. assembly and erection. including but not limited to: (a) presentation of product. builder or importer and the person who incorporated the component or part are jointly liable. but only for such injuries arising from or growing out of the risks peculiar to the nature of the work in the scope of the workman's employment of incidental to such employment. The stipulation in a contract of a clause preventing.Any Filipino or foreign manufacturer. drinks. PAGE 40 (b) that although it did place the product on the market such product has no defect. Prohibition in Contractual Stipulation. including but not limited to: (a) the manner in which it is provided. The latter refers to the time. 3428. CLASS NOT ES Who is liable? Manufacturers and processors of foodstuffs. presentation or packing of their products. producer. is hereby prohibited. Liability for Defective Services. (c) the time it was put into circulation. However. they shall be jointly liable for the redress established in the pertinent provisions of this Act. and circumstances under which the accident takes place. for damages caused to consumers by defects resulting from design. as the defendant company did not furnish him a bicycle or require him to use one. 107. builder. and accidents in which it is possible to trace the injury to some risk or hazard to which the employee is exposed in a special degree by reason of such employment. exonerating or reducing the obligation to indemnify for damages effected. Case distinguishes ―arising out of‖ and ―in the course of. independently of fault. D. as well as for insufficient or inadequate information on the fruition and hazards thereof. as amended by Act. A product is defective when it does not offer the safety rightfully expected of it. as provided for in this and in the preceding Articles. Any person who shall violate any provision of this Chapter or its implementing rules and regulations with respect to any consumer product which is not food. drinks. The complaint was subsequently amended. (b) the result of hazards which may reasonably be expected of it. Art. formulas and handling and making up. because such an accident does no arise out of and in the course of his employment. CLASS NOT E Defenses available to an employer: a) notorious negligence.TORTS AND DAMAGES place. shall be liable for redress. Art. 3812. and his employer is not liable for any injury sustained by him. Jec . or hazardous substance shall upon conviction.
you can use 2187 on strict liability which is a powerful provision except against sellers (law on SALES will be the basis in this case) Elements of 2187: 1) causal link 2) manufacturers. A106 of the Consumer Act. in labeling. of any representation or suggestion that an application with respect to such drug is effective under Section twenty-one hereof. Upon inspection by the DOH. be deported without further deportation proceedings. device or cosmetic that is adulterated or misbranded. manager or head. 2. (e) Forging. Precisely why it is called strict liability Requisites of 2187: 1) death or injury caused by noxious substance and 2) by manufacturer or processor What is ―similar goods?‖ – Anything intended to be consumed by humans. ( f ) The using by any person to his own advantage. on the labeling of any drug or in any advertising relating to such drug. sale. She brought an action for damages against Coca-cola and the trial court ruled that the complaint was based on a contract. The consumer‘s cause of action does not depend upon the validity of his contract with the person from whom he acquires the product. (3) Plaintiff‘s death or injury was caused by the product so consumed or used. (i) The use. or revealing. or cosmetic or the giving of a guaranty or undertaking referred to in Section twelve (b) which guaranty or undertaking is false. obliteration. Art. after payment of fine and service of sentence. Drug. The sales of Geronimo drastically dropped and she was forced to close shop. Neither does this article preclude an action for breach of contract and warranty. except by a person who relied upon a guaranty or undertaking to the same effect signed by. mutilation. (2) He use noxious or harmful substances in the manufacture or processing of the foodstuff. If basis is not Consumer Act. drug. and Cosmetic Act) Sec. the penalty shall be imposed upon its president. device. drug. simulating. counterfeiting. 2187. Question: What about those consumed by animals? Do you apply strict liability even if defendant exercised due diligence? Yes. device. or concerning any method or process which as a trade secret is entitled to protection. and Coca-Cola v CA FACTS: Geronimo sold food and softdrinks in a school canteen. any information acquired under authority of Section nine. other than to the Secretary or officers or employees of the Department or to the courts when relevant in any judicial proceeding under this Act. Governing law: Art. or the doing of any other act with respect to. II SANGCO (p. if such act is done while such article CLASS NOT ES CLASS NOT ES Is a restaurant owner a seller or a processor? Could the company stipulate limited liability? No. NCC The elimination in this article of both fault or negligence and contract as the basis of liability thereunder are the essence of strict liability. Prohibited Acts and Penalties (RA3720 – Food. Requisites of liability under Art. 11. toilet articles. PAGE 41 warranties against hidden defects or encumbrances upon the thing sold are not limited to those prescribed in A1567. What if the person who consumed the goods did not buy them but stole them? – The manufacturer/processor may still be held liable. or removal of the whole or any part of the labeling of.00) and by imprisonment of not more that one (1) year or both upon the discretion of the court. 714-734) Product Liability 1. and it is not affected by any disclaimer or other agreement. 2187 does not preclude an action based on negligence for the same act of using noxious or harmful substance in the manufacture or processing of the foodstuff. (P5. The following acts and the causing thereof are hereby prohibited: (a) The manufacture. and containing the name and address of. drug. advertising or other sales promotion of any reference to any report or analysis furnished in compliance with Section twenty-six hereof. he shall. or falsely representing or without proper authority using any mark. not quasi-delict and should have been filed within 6 months from the delivery of the softdrinks. (h) The use. offering for sale or transfer of any food. if the injured party opts to recover on that theory. The vendee may also ask for the annulment of the contract upon proof of error or fraud in which case the ordinary rule on obligations shall be applicable. In case of judicial persons. drinks. the person residing in the Philippines from whom he received in good faith the food. the bottles were found to be adulterated. stamp. CHAPTER VI. drinks. or cosmetic. (g) The alteration. A group of parents complained that fibrous materials were found in the softdrink bottles bought by their children. toilet articles consumed or used by the plaintiff. toilet articles and similar goods. Geronimo argues that her case is based on quasi-delict and should prescribe in 4 years.000. However. The vendee‘s remedies against a vendor with respect to the Jec . tag label. or cosmetic. HELD: The Court sided with Geronimo. Civil Code (1) Defendant is a manufacturer or processor of foodstuff. If the offender is an alien. or other identification device authorized or required by regulations promulgated under the provisions of this Act. drug. processors What do you mean by similar goods?-Sangcoconsumed by humans. (b) The adulteration or misbranding of any food. a food. destruction. drinks. (c) The refusal to permit entry or inspection as authorized by Section twenty-seven hereof or to allow samples to be collected. or similar goods which caused the death or injury complained of. or that such drug complies with the provisions of such section. device.TORTS AND DAMAGES is held for sale (whether or not the first sale) and results in such article being adulterated or misbranded. 2187. (d) The giving of a guaranty or undertaking referred to in Section twelve (b) hereof which guaranty or undertaking is false.
a.‖ The plaintiff must allege and prove that he was using the product in the way it was intended to be used. toilet articles and similar goods‖ 4. PAGE 42 b. 5. inspecting. Proof that food product was defective or unwholesome The one seeking to recover is under the duty of proving with reasonable certainty that the food eaten was in fact deleterious. is not to be held to strict liability for unfortunate consequences attending their use. and proper warning is given. yes. and for what products Manufacturers and processors who used noxious or harmful substances may be held liable. sold. which includes death. drinks. But the law of negligence requires him to exercise a care proportionate to the serious consequences that may follow from a want of care. Liability for negligence in food products.‖ Applicable only to personal injuries. with qualification that they are properly prepared and marketed. To constitute negligence an act must be one from which a reasonably careful person would foresee such an appreciable risk of harm to others as to cause him to forego the act or to do it in a more careful manner. could not have discovered himself. to his actual or constructive knowledge. The burden of proof that the product was in a defective condition at the time it left the hands of the manufacturer and particular seller is upon the injured plaintiff.TORTS AND DAMAGES A purchasing and non-purchasing consumer or user of a defective food product or toilet article is entitled to recover damages for physical injuries caused thereby. The vendor of food should indemnify his vendee against latent defects contained in the product which the vendee. A vendor of provisions selected. Duty of care of manufacturer or processor of food. where the situation calls for it. testing. It must appear that the unwholesome or unsound quality of the food product in question existed at the time the defendant sold it. advertising. and delivered to the purchaser for his immediate use is bound to know the peril that the provisions are sound and wholesome and fit for immediate use. Persons who may be held liable. Duty of seller other than restaurant operator. and did not come into existence thereafter. The duty owed to the consumer by the manufacturer of food products intended for human consumption is commensurate with the danger and the possible and probable result of a lack of care. no duty to warn arises with respect to a product which is not in fact dangerous. 6. and the purchaser is injured thereby. Compensable Damages Expressly limited to ―death or injuries caused by any noxious or harmful substance used‖ by ―manufacturers and processors of foodstuffs. d. involves danger to users has a duty to give warning of such danger. Duty of care of restaurant operator A restaurateur has no duty to serve ―perfect‖ products. -sellers of the enumerated goods which turn out to be injuriously defective CANNOT be held liable for the obvious reason that they have nothing to do either with the defect or with the manufacture of such product Products: limited to ―foodstuffs. toilet articles and similar goods. Proof of a defect in the product may not be supplied by the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur. Unavoidably unsafe product The seller of unavoidably unsafe products. Duty of warning. As a matter of elementary logic. by inspection or taste. and only damages arising therefrom. Expert testimony is generally necessary to prove the defect in the product. 3. inspecting the ingredients and warning the consumers of possible injury from consumption of a food). and if they turn out to be unsound and not wholesome. which is at least as high a duty of care as the consumer expects or has the right to expect of his groceryman or food dealer. Jec . Note: The seller is not liable when he delivers the product in a safe condition and subsequent mishandling or other causes makes it harmful by the time it is consumed. c. can you still sue for breach of contract? Sangco says. The test of commodities required is no more than that commonly or usually practised by careful dealers under the same conditions and circumstances. (4) The damages sustained and claimed by the plaintiff and the amount thereof. the vendor is liable to him. Who may recover 7. Proof of causation One seeking recovery has the burden of proof that the resulting illness was caused by the deleterious food. drinks. 8. it would seem contributory negligence would diminish recovery. A high degree of care is required of the producer of foods (in the production of such product. merely because he has undertaken to supply the public with apparently reasonable risk. CLASS NOT ES Important: Requisites of 2187 in Sangco If it falls under A2187. A manufacturer or seller of a product which. unless the product is one whose character and content must necessarily have remained unchanged since it left the manufacturer‘s possession. This precludes claims for purely pecuniary or commercial losses in absence of personal injuries. A manufacturer‘s strict liability in tort should be defined in terms of the safety of the product ―in normal and proper use. Whether recovery is sought under strict liability or on fault or negligence.
Gilchrist was the owner of a theatre in Iloilo. Implied malice as an element. Espejo and Zaldarriaga. De Leon included malice as an element. -Gilchrist filed a case for specific performance against Cuddy.One becomes liable in an action for damages for a nontrespassory invasion of another‘s interest in the private use and enjoyment of asset if: a) the other has property rights and privileges with respect to the use or enjoyment interfered with. PAGE 43 unreasonable or unintentional and actionable under the general negligence rules. . just answer the three elements given by So Ping Bun. SO PING BUN SECURED A NEW LEASE AGEEMENT WITH DC CHUAN. This liability arises from unlawful acts and not from contractual obligations to induce Cuddy to violate his contract with Gilchrist. . 1314 Any third person who induces another to violate his contract shall be liable for damages to the other contracting party. -THE through Tiong asked So Ping Bun to vacate the stalls so THE would be able to go back to business BUT instead. There is nothing in this article which requires as a condition precedent to the liability of the tortfeasor that he must know the identity of a person to whom he causes damage. the stalls were occupied by the grandson (So Ping Bun) of one of the original incorporators of Tek Hua under business name Trendsetter Marketing. they not knowing at the time the identity of the parties HELD: YES. and a cause of action ex delicto may be predicated upon an unlawful interference by one party of the enjoyment of the other of his private property. hurt. A duty which the law on torts is concerned with is respect for the property of others. shall be obliged to pay for the damage done. . Hence the lack of malice precludes the award of damages. we need malice in 1314. So Ping Bun was okay had it not cited Gilchrist Sir said that it seems this is the case right now: You can compete in Business Contracts as long as intention is financial interest and there is no malice. original members of Tek Hua formed Tek Hua Enterprises (THE) with Manuel Tiong as one of the incorporators. ISSUE: WON So Ping Bun was guilty of tortuous interference of contract HELD: Yes. Is malice an element of tortuous interference? Court does not say that it is.Since there were existing lease contracts between Tek Hua and DC Chuan. So Ping Bun v CA Gilchrist v Cuddy FACTS: Cuddy was the owner of the film ―Zigomar‖. b) the invasion is substantial. by act or omission causes damage to another when there is fault or negligence. E. -Days before the delivery date. Tek Hua in fact had property rights over the leased stalls.The provision in the Civil Code with regard tortuous interference is Article 1314. ISSUE: WON Espejo and Zaldarriaga are liable for interfering with the contract between Gilchrist and Cuddy. c) the defendant‘s conduct is a legal cause of the invasion. or harm which results from injury. and damages are the recompense or compensation awarded for the damage suffered. He also prayed for damages against Espejo and Zaldarriaga for interfering with the contract between Gilchrist and Cuddy. However. -new lease contracts with increase in rent were sent to THE.elements of tort interference: a) existence of a valid contract b) knowledge on the part of the third party of its existence c) interference of the third party is without legal justification or excuse . Then discussed Gilchrist in saying that to award damages. and as a result petitioner deprived respondent of the latter‘s property right. They entered into a contract whereby Cuddy leased to Gilchrist the ―Zigomar‖ for exhibition in his theatre for a week for P125.TORTS AND DAMAGES No damages were due from Espejo because no malice was proven (the motive was only to make profit). there should be malice but it was never mentioned in Gilchrist in the first place. But if question is just on the elements. .Damage is the loss. Tek Hua was dissolved. If this is the case. Jec . d) the invasion is either intentional and CLASS NOT ES CLASS NOT ES Had legal liability but not under A1314.The SC handled the question of whether the interference may be justified considering that So acted solely for the purpose of furthering his own financial or economic interest. . The action of Trendsetter in asking DC Chuan to execute the contracts in their favor was unlawful interference. Cuddy returned the money already paid by Gilchrist so that he can lease the film to Espejo and Zaldarriaga instead and receive P350 for the film for the same period. Sir said as guidance: If we apply Gilchrist and So Ping Bun. No such knowledge is required in order that the injured party may recover for the damages suffered. Nothing on the record imputes deliberate wrongful motives or malice on the part of So. FACTS: Tek Hua Trading originally entered into a lease agreement with DC Chuan covering stalls in Binondo. In the case at bar. Appellants have the legal liability for interfering with the contract and causing its breach. Interference with contractual relations Art. The contracts were initially for 1 year but were continued on month to month basis upon expiration of the 1 yr. although not signed. It stated that it is sufficient that the impetus of his conduct lies in a proper business interest rather than in wrongful motives to conclude that So was not a malicious interferer. Trendsetter asked DC Chuan to execute lease contracts in its favor. petitioner. Is malice required to apply A1314? Did not include malice as one of the elements under A1314. -ART 1902 CC provides that a person who. then one cannot recover from 1314 as against the third party.
Elements: 1. Liability of local government units Art.The liability of private corporations for damages arising from injuries suffered by pedestrians from the defective condition of roads is expressed in the Civil Code as follows: Article 2189. It was held that mere competition is not sufficient unless it is considered unfair competition or the dominant purpose is to inflict harm or injury. C.‖ AQUINO. any person by reason of the defective condition of roads. it is possible for the contracting party to be not liable at all. public buildings. 795-801) Interference with contracts: A. Sir said it is wise to apply this to the case of PLDT and the accident mound case (DACARA) Guilatco v City of Dagupan FACTS: Guilatco. The charter only lays down general rules regulating that liability of the city. This tort is known as interference with contractual relations. city or municipality for liability to attach. On the other hand. which is owned by the national Government. City Engineer testified that he supervises the maintenance of said manholes and sees to it that they are properly covered. The theory is that a right derived from a contract is a property right that entitles each party to protection against all the world and any damage to said property should be compensated. . 3. or injuries suffered by. The view is that inducement. However. D. public buildings. bridges. Gye in 1853 and was first adopted in the Philippines in 1915 in Gilchrist vs Cuddy. Knowledge on the part of the third party of the existence of the contract: The elements do not include malice as a necessary act in interference. She fractured her right leg. In fact. or injuries suffered by. 2. However. Can last clear chance apply? Wasn‘t it Guilatco‘s fault that she was negligent in alighting a tricycle? No because it is under strict liability. This is consistent with Article 2202 if the contracting party who was induced to break the contract was in bad faith. City Charter of Dagupan also says that the city supervises and manages National roads and national sidewalks. Extent of liability: The rule is that the defendant found guilty of interference with contractual relations cannot be held liable for more than the amount for which the party who was induced to break the contract can be held liable. operated on. Neither can action be maintained if the contract is void. . bridges. public buildings and other public works. cities and municipalities shall be liable for damages for the death of. the Supreme Court in its various rulings have held that the aggrieved party will only be entitled to damages if malice was present in the commission of the tortious act. However. PAGE 44 by reason of the defective condition of roads. History: This particular tort started in the UK in Lumley vs.TORTS AND DAMAGES Competition in business also affords a privilege to interfere provided that the defendant‘s purpose is a justifiable one and the defendant does not employ fraud or deception which are regarded as unfair.It is not even necessary for the defective road or street to belong to the province. Provinces. thus was hospitalized. 2189 Provinces. social policy permits a privilege or justification to intentionally invade the legally protected interests of others only if the defendant acts to promote the interests of others or himself if the interest which he seeks to advance is superior to the interest invaded in social importance. when there is good faith. and confined. to reap the profits resulting therefrom. any person Jec . as in the case where the defendant prevented him from performing his obligation through force or fraud. CLASS NOT ES F.In this case. B. cities and municipalities shall be liable for damages for the death of. and other public works under their control or supervision. is equally reprehensible in an unenforceable one. No tort is committed if the party had already broken the contract. Such interference is considered tortious because it violates the rights of the contacting parties to fulfill the contract and to have it fulfilled. a third party may sue a third party not for breach of contract but for inducing another to commit such breach. and to compel the performance by the other party. Statutory provision and rationale: Under Article 1314 of the Civil Code. and other public works under their control or supervision. Existence of a valid contract: This existence is necessary and the breach must occur because of the alleged act of interference. a court interpreter. fell into a manhole at Perez Blvd. The article only requires that either control or supervision is exercised over the defective road or street. streets. HELD: City liable . streets. there is authority for the view that an action for interference can be maintained even if the contract is unenforceable. the party who breached the contract is only liable for consequence that can be foreseen. if reprehensible in an enforceable contracts. control or supervision is provided for in the charter of Dagupan and is exercised through the City Engineer. article 2189 applies in particular to the liability arising from ―defective streets. Interference of the third party without legal justification or excuse: In general. (pp.
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