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Case commentary: Issuance of building permit for construction of residential/commercial strata “unreasonable” without involvement of architect

June 8, 2020 | Karen L. Weslowski

Introduction In the recent case of Architectural Institute of British Columbia v. Langford (City), the British Columbia Supreme Court conducted a judicial review of the issuance of a building permit for the construction of a residential/commercial strata complex in the...

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The duty to defend in the face of exclusions: Allegations of intentional acts and the use or operation of vehicles

May 20, 2020 | Sean McGarry

On May 7, 2020, the Supreme Court of Canada denied leave to appeal from a notable decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal on an insurer’s duty to defend. In Pembridge Insurance Company of Canada v. Chu,[1] the defendant, Fabrizi,...

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The scope and interpretation of faulty workmanship exclusions in multi-peril policies

May 12, 2020 | Debra Curcio Lister, Mark Puszczak

In Condominium Corporation No. 9312374 v Aviva Insurance Company of Canada, 2020 ABCA 166, the appellant condominium corporation (the “Corporation”), had engaged a contractor and an engineer to provide rehabilitation and maintenance work with respect to the parkade area in...

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The effect of BC Ferries settlement agreements on apportionment of liability and damages at trial

May 5, 2020 | Stefanie Gladders, Fareeha Qaiser

A recent case from the British Columbia Supreme Court dealt with the procedure for apportionment of losses after a BC Ferries Settlement had been reached between some of the defendants. In Conarroe v Tallack, the claim arose out of two...

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COVID-19 and accidental death coverage

April 29, 2020 | Helen D.K. Friedman

No one intends to contract COVID-19.  In fact, most rational people intend to do just the opposite.  What if, despite your best intentions/precautions, you contract COVID-19 by accident?  What if this unfortunate event results in your death?  Is there a...

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Leave to appeal to Supreme Court of Canada on issue of insurer’s potential waiver of rights

April 27, 2020 | Fareeha Qaiser, Stefanie Gladders

An appeal of a decision from the Ontario Court of Appeal, Bradfield v Royal Sun Alliance Insurance Company of Canada, 2019 ONCA 800, has recently been granted leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. The basis of the...

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Case Commentary: Provost v. Dueck Downtown Chevrolet Buick GMC Limited, 2020 BCCA 86

March 30, 2020 | Karen L. Weslowski, Stefanie Gladders

A recent case issued by the British Columbia Court of Appeal provides guidance regarding the duty of care owed by business owners and confirmed the principles with respect to the determination of a novel duty of care. A GM Sierra...

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Validity of builder lien claims

March 20, 2020 | Karen L. Weslowski, Raman Atwal

JVD Installations Inc. v. Skookum Creek Power Partnership, 2020 BCSC 374 On March 13, 2020, the Supreme Court of British Columbia released its decision in JVD Installations Inc. v. Skookum Creek Power Partnership, 2020 BCSC 374. This decision discussed and...

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Negotiating terms beyond standard forms

March 4, 2020 | Karen L. Weslowski, Stefanie Gladders

A recent decision of the British Columbia Supreme Court (Surespan Structures Ltd. v. Lloyds Underwriters, 2020 BCSC 27) confirms that when insurance companies negotiate the terms of a policy beyond their standard forms or precedents, they must beware of failing to...

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Clarity in Claims against Adjusters in their Personal Capacity

December 13, 2019 | Helen D.K. Friedman

A recent decision of Justice Perell (Burns v. RBC Life Insurance Co., 2019 ONSC 6977) provides some welcome clarity on the issues of whether insurance adjusters owe a duty of good faith to an insured independent of any duty owed...

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