August 9, 2022
The “Resulting Damage” exception was the focus of the leading insurance coverage decision in Canada, Ledcor Construction Ltd v Northbridge Indemnity Insurance Co, 2016 SCC 37. What is the exception and how is it interpreted by Courts?
June 28, 2022
In reviewing the recent decision in Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia v Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company of Canada, Robyn Graham delves into the concept of promissory estoppel. In an insurance context, estoppel addresses an insurer’s responsibility to honour its original coverage position, and aids in determining the grounds needed for the insurer to deny coverage.
June 21, 2022
The presence of balance within an insurance agreement is essential as it emphasizes a mutual agreement between both the insurer and the insured - not every loss can be insured and not every recovery is possible. Robyn Graham discusses a variety of key cases involving the requirement of fortuity.
June 14, 2022
Stemming from the decision made in Ledcor Construction Ltd. v Northbridge Indemnity Insurance Co., a new framework for interpreting exclusion clauses in insurance contracts came to life. Carsten Jensen breaks down how the framework can be applied to a variety of different cases.
November 24, 2021
SEF 44 Coverage, also known as Family Protection Insurance Endorsements, is intended to provided coverage in circumstances where the at-fault party is uninsured, underinsured. What are 5 things you need to know about SEF 44 Coverage?
November 16, 2021
In a matter of pure law, Justice Jones developed a new test for voiding a retainer agreement for incapacity in Guardian Law Group v LS. The matter describes a very unique circumstance that explores what happens when a client is deemed to lack capacity to enter into a retainer agreement ahead of said capacity hearing.
July 22, 2021
With the widespread availability of COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada, employers are anxious to get their employees vaccinated and “back to normal,” employers are likely thinking about what they can do to return to pre-pandemic operations. The question then arises: can an employer require employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine? And, if an employee refuses, what options does the employer have?
March 26, 2021
Why are general damages for pain and suffering in Canada effectively capped? Maureen McCartney-Cameron traces the reason back to the "Damages Trilogy," three 1978 decisions from the Supreme Court Canada.
March 23, 2021
Canadians will have a right to explanation and more transparency when subjected to automated decisions. But what does that really mean?
February 2, 2021
In Hannam v Medicine Hat School District No. 76, 2020 ABCA 343, the Alberta Court of Appeal noted that despite the culture shift called for in the Supreme Court’s decision in Hryniak v Mauldin, 2014 SCC 7, the summary procedures provided for in Part 7 of the Rules of Court continue to be underutilized in Alberta. In emphasizing this point, the Court of Appeal urged both the judiciary and litigants to make more robust use of these processes.
September 22, 2020
Christa Nicholson comments on a recent unanimous decision of the Supreme Court of Canada that adds legitimacy to third party litigation funding as a potential path by which to maximize recovery for an insolvent company's creditors, as well as for use in commercial litigation and arbitration contexts.
September 16, 2020
How did the Ministerial Order of March 30, 2020, affect Rules 4.31 and 4.33? Gavin Price and Charlotte Stokes take a look at how the courts may interpret the Order's effect on what is sometimes referred as the "Delay Rules."
August 27, 2020
Maureen McCartney-Cameron points out the 5 things you need to know if you've been involved in a hit & run or an accident with an uninsured driver.
July 29, 2020
Given the current situation, Courts are likely to consider factual nuances in each class action on a case-by-case basis, including how the defendants responded to the unexpected and unprecedented change in making their decisions.
July 14, 2020
The SCC decision in Uber v Heller raises questions about how unconscionability will be litigated and what evidence may be needed and admissible in such litigation.
July 8, 2020
In Part 2 of our analysis on the recent decision of Uber v Heller, we discuss how the wide application of improvidence could lead to commercial uncertainty.
July 7, 2020
Notwithstanding a settling Defendants’ ostensible entitlement to a settlement surplus, the Court appears to have meaningfully limited the circumstances in which a settlement surplus will be recognized.
July 2, 2020
In the recent decision by the SCC in Uber v Heller, the majority confirms that the doctrine of unconscionability applies to all contracts. This undermines commercial certainty, as little guidance is provided for its application.
June 29, 2020
In McCormick v Plambeck, the British Columbia Court Supreme Court recently considered whether liability might be imposed on social hosts whose guests were teenage minors.
Damages for Loss of Marriage/Interdependency Benefits: University of Regina v Miranda Biletski, 2019 SKCA 44
June 25, 2020
In 2019, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal confirmed that a severely injured plaintiff may recover separate damages based on the fact they are now statistically less likely to find a romantic partner as a result of their injury.
June 18, 2020
Some low-wage workers are opting to continue receiving their CERB benefits citing that the payments are more than their paycheques. Cassandra Sutter issues a warning against that approach.
June 16, 2020
If you have been injured at work, Maureen McCartney-Cameron lists 5 things that you should be aware of when bringing an action to your employer.
June 11, 2020
With the enactment of Ministerial Order 39/2020, the signor and witness need not be in the same room.
June 9, 2020
In the years since Sattva Capital Corp. v Creston Moly Corp. (2014), Canadian Courts have embraced the “modern” approach to contractual interpretation which requires a consideration of surrounding circumstances. That said, it is important not to stray too far from the words of the contract themselves.
May 27, 2020
Laura Warner and Cassandra Sutter summarize how Rules 3.8 and 3.14 govern actions started by Originating Application.
May 27, 2020
Is there a conflict allowing the Personal Property Security Act to prevail, whether the Civil Enforcement Act prevents a conflict by “providing otherwise”?
May 19, 2020
Laura Warner and Sarah Bernamoff examine the expected standard of care for medical professionals in light of our new COVID world, as well as what can be done to mitigate liability while providing an essential service.
Are Contracts Enforceable Despite COVID-19? [Part 7]: Contract Law Meets Insolvency Law - Some Strategic Considerations
May 14, 2020
If your company has received, or may invoke, force majeure or frustration claims, it would be wise to consider both the law of contract and the possible impact of insolvency law.
May 14, 2020
The economic crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that some contracts that were once previously viable, may no longer be - making disclaimer an attractive potential option for an insolvent party.
May 13, 2020
Discussions with creditors and stakeholders are best undertaken with an understanding of formal and informal insolvency proceedings. Christa Nicholson and Angad Bedi describe the available options, as well as steps that may be taken by creditors to enforce their rights.
May 7, 2020
Geoffrey Boddy and Kaila Eadie examine Canadian, American and British jurisprudence regarding the issue of causation for force majeure claims.
May 5, 2020
With the easing of restrictions across Canada, including at food processing plants, can governments be held liable for future outbreaks? Laura Warner and Kaila Eadie examine the principles that impact government liability in these unique circumstances.
April 30, 2020
In Part 5 of our Enforceability of Contracts series, Bryan C. Duguid QC, FCIArb and William Katz discuss the duty to mitigate the duration and effects of force majeure events.
April 28, 2020
In response to limited Court access and other restrictions, a Ministerial Order was issued in late-March to "push pause" on litigation. Gavin Price and Charlotte Stokes explain the Order's potential effects on deadlines.
April 27, 2020
Christa Nicholson provides you with some practical “must-know” takeaways when planning for potential liquidity crunches or insolvency-related challenges.
April 24, 2020
What does your contract say about notice requirements? Geoffrey Boddy and Andrea MacLean take a look at when a Court may, or may not, relax on notice requirements.
April 17, 2020
Could your business be liable for failing to protect your employees and customers from COVID-19? Laura Warner and Sarah Bernamoff explore a recent lawsuit against and Arkansas Walmart and explain what businesses can do to protect themselves from liability.
April 16, 2020
How do you interpret a force majeure clause? Bryan C. Duguid QC, FCIArb and Kaila Eadie are your guides on interpreting force majeure clauses and the effect they will have on your business.
April 15, 2020
What exactly constitutes insider trading in the face of a pandemic and its consequent economic fallout? Andrew Wilson, and Angad Bedi take a look at the sub-requirements.
April 14, 2020
Ryan Phillips and Maureen McCartney-Cameron tell you what to look for in your insurance coverage.
April 9, 2020
“What happens if I don’t have a force majeure clause in my contract, is a frustration claim still possible?”
“What are the Applicable legal doctrines I can rely upon?”
April 9, 2020
For the first time, a Canadian Court has recognized Publicity Placing a Person in False Light as a cause of action. What is it and how can it affect you? Oliver Ho explains the implications of this new tort in his latest article.
April 8, 2020
Glenn Solomon QC, FCIArb and Laura Warner address a misconception that commercial evictions have been Suspended.
April 7, 2020
In part 1 of our series, Tort Liability in a COVID World, Laura Warner, Kaila Eadie and Sarah Bernamoff, JD, MBA examine the principles of negligence in a COVID world.
April 2, 2020
Glenn Solomon QC, FCIArb, outlines some of the analysis that commercial landlords must undertake in determining the best strategy in navigating the complex issues arising in commercial leasing relationships.
April 1, 2020
The Legislature has amended the Rules of Court by way of an Order in Council. David J. Marshall has noted the key amendments for civil litigators in his most recent article published on our COVID-19 Resource Page
April 1, 2020
The Coronavirus has affected businesses both large and small, leaving many unable to fulfill their contractual obligations. So, what happens when, as a result of COVID-19’s impacts, a party has no choice but to breach a contract? Can parties be required to compensate for non-performance in this circumstance? Is there some legal way out?
April 1, 2020
How do you practice social distancing when documents need to be executed? Oliver Ho explores the legislation around using electronic signatures.
September 17, 2019
Maureen McCartney-Cameron lists 5 things that you should know about Alberta’s Minor Injury Regulation.
June 5, 2019
Maureen McCartney-Cameron lists the 5 things you should know regarding Alberta accident benefits.
February 20, 2019
Although no amount of money can replace the life of a loved one, the family members of the deceased may have legal recourse if their death was the result of the wrongful act of another. Here are 5 things one should know when making a wrongful death claim.