The Death of Cesar Lalo: Historical Sexual Abuse Claims Continue

Ceasar Lalo was employed as a probation and parole officer with the province of Nova Scotia between 1971 to 1989. Lalo used his position of power over youths and children to sexually exploit them. Lalo was eventually convicted of committing sex offences against 29 youths and children between 1972 to 1989. Eventually, Lalo was imprisoned and declared a long-term offender. He was subsequently released under conditions and then passed-away on August 28, 2019. Despite the death of Lalo claims against the province of Nova Scotia can still be claimed.

Wagners has the experience required to help you navigate your historical sexual abuse claim. We understand it may take years or even decades for a victim to come forward. We are here to help you through this process and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

No Time Limit on Bringing Sexual Assault Claims in Nova Scotia

In 2015, Nova Scotia adopted the Limitation of Actions Act, SNS 2014, c 35 which removed any time limitation on when a lawsuit must be filed in regard to sexual abuse. This means that historical victims of sexual abuse that are now ready to come forward can initiate lawsuits despite the fact the abuse happened years or even decades previously.

The Province of Nova Scotia can be held Liable for the Actions of Lalo

Despite the death of Lalo, victims continue to file lawsuits against the province of Nova Scotia for the abuse they suffered at the hands of Lalo. These lawsuits generally claim the province failed in their duty to protect the victims of Lalo on the basis of vicarious liability and fiduciary duty. Premier Stephen MacNeil has argued the province should not be vicariously liable for the actions of Lalo. However, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal held in one case that the province of Nova Scotia was vicariously liable for the actions of Lalo. In another case, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal suggested the province could be liable for the actions of Lalo directly via breach of fiduciary duty. This means despite the death of Lalo claims can still be pursued against the province for compensation.

Damages in Lalo Cases

Generally, lawsuits settle before they ever reach court. However, a few of the sexual abuse claims against Ceasar Lalo and the Province of Nova Scotia have made it to court. In G. (B.M.) v. Nova Scotia, the Court of Appeal upheld the trial judge’s assessment of pain and suffering of $125,000.00 and $500,000 for past and future loss of income. The Court of Appeal in M. (L.M.) v. Nova Scotia (Attorney General) awarded $125,000 for pain and suffering, $250,000 for loss of income, and $60,000 in cost of care.

Back to News & Insights