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Wednesday, January 22, 2020 @ 12:33 PM

What is a household? Two-storey house

Traders General Insurance Company v. Gibson 2019 ONCA 985 clarifies the law with respect to who qualifies as a member of a household, but the analysis remains very fact-driven. One cannot help but anticipate further disputes in this area, given the increasing prevalence of non-traditional living arrangements, particularly in large Canadian cities. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 1:22 PM

Deadline nears for public input on medical assistance in dying | Nathan Baker

Medical assistance in dying (MAiD), euthanasia, assisted suicide. The terms all evoke particular reactions in each person. People have intensely personal views on the matters and the law has evolved over time when dealing with the issue. ... [read more]

Monday, January 20, 2020 @ 3:18 PM

Be mindful when breach of broker’s duties occurs Man with long nose dollar sign

A recent case from Alberta, Duraguard Fence Ltd. v. Badry 2019 ABQB 783, warns of the dangers of breaching broker duties when an insurance broker fails to consider the insured’s loss history and foreseeable claims while placing insurance coverage. ... [read more]

Monday, January 20, 2020 @ 11:58 AM

New Toronto partners for Dickinson Wright

Dickinson Wright LLP announced the election of Philip Aubry, Tracy Bergeron and Sahar Cadili as new partners in the firm’s Toronto office, effective Jan. 1, 2020. ... [read more]

Monday, January 20, 2020 @ 9:41 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 11:15 AM

Supreme Court of Canada hits record low 40% unanimity rate in 2019; many appeals came from Quebec TLD Exclusive

The Supreme Court of Canada divided on the outcomes of appeals in 60 per cent of the cases it decided in 2019, and spoke with one voice in just one-third of its appeal judgments — a record low unanimity rate in at least 30 years, an analysis by The Lawyer’s Daily discloses. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 16, 2020 @ 3:56 PM

My profession is phenomenal | Jasmine Daya

The only constant in life is change. To believe that over a decade, the practice of law would not change is perhaps the starting point of the flawed and depressing commentary provided by Howard Levitt in the Financial Post. I do not know him personally but I felt compelled to provide a counter version to his disappointing take on the current state of my profession. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 16, 2020 @ 11:01 AM

Lawful duress, abuse of dominant position in obtaining waiver Paperplanes

The recent Quebec Court of Appeal decision Hydro-Québec v. Construction Polaris Inc. 2019 QCCA 990 dealing with unlawful duress and the ensuing annulment of a waiver can be compared with the common law approach. While it is important for the court to determine whether the party relying on the waiver or transaction was in good faith or not as to the legality of its actions, bad faith remains an elusive evidentiary concept in a commercial context. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 16, 2020 @ 9:46 AM

Goldman Sloan Nash & Haber adds counsel

Goldman Sloan Nash & Haber LLP (GSNH) announced that Clifford Blundell has joined the firm's construction law group as counsel. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 @ 10:45 AM

Why evolution of legal model desperately needed | Shama Rafiq

When it comes to access to justice, we often forget that the old law firm structures are a major deterrence to ensuring that anyone and everyone has a fair chance to having their day in court. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 @ 9:48 AM

Harper Grey adds two associates

Harper Grey announced that associates Mark McPhee and Joe Antifaev have joined the Vancouver firm’s insurance and health law groups. ... [read more]