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South Pacific Manufacturing Co Ltd v NZ Security Consultants [1992, New Zealand]

Facts

  • An insurance assessor working for the insurance company negligently assessed an incident, disallowing an insurance claim made by the claimant

Issue

  • Could the assessor be liable for the financial loss of the insured as a result of their negligence

Decision

  • No liability

Reasoning

  • Freedom of speech must be protected, an honest assessment was required, and should not be overshadowed by worries of being sued
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