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Appeal Court ruling affirms maritime law applies in dispute over ship engine failure

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 @ 12:07 PM | By Luis Millan

A lower court ruling that awarded $5.6 million to a vessel fleet operator was overturned by the Quebec Court of Appeal after it held that the trial judge erred by applying the Civil Code of Quebec to settle a dispute instead of Canadian maritime law.

George Pollack, Montreal commercial litigatorIn a majority decision, the Appeal Court held that disputes concerning the repair and supply of engine parts to a ship are subject to Canadian maritime law, and therefore common law rules apply rather than civil law...