• Commercial All-Risks Property Policies and Business Losses in the Age of COVID-19

    SVR Lawyers, Alberta, April 21, 2020 – COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of our economy. Educational institutions are closed. Retail operations, bars, restaurants, hotels and service providers are also closed or, in some cases, operating at significantly reduced hours. Public forms of travel are discouraged. Supply chains have been interrupted. These developments will likely result in coverage disputes and litigation surrounding the...
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  • Evolution of Costs Awards in Alberta and Recent Amendments to Schedule C

    SVR Lawyers, Alberta, April 21, 2020 – The Rules of Court provide that a successful party in litigation is entitled to its costs (Rule 10.29(1)(a)). In the absence of litigation misconduct, allegations of fraud, or a contractual entitlement, the Court often turns to Schedule C to assess the quantum of those costs. However, the Court always retains discretion (pursuant to the Judicature Act and...
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  • Relief from Forfeiture is not Automatic — Success for Economical Insurance

    Blaney McMurtry LLP, Ontario, April 21, 2020 – On April 3rd Justice Leiper, of the Superior Court of Justice, released her reasons for decision in Chavez v Economical Mutual Insurance Company, 2020 ONSC 2005, dismissing the plaintiff’s coverage application.  Stephen Moore and Harrison Nemirov of our firm represented Economical. Chavez was seeking coverage from Economical for an SUV/motorcycle accident which occurred in August of...
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  • NBCA Decision Broadens Limitation Rules for Plaintiffs

    Cox & Palmer, New Brunswick, April 21, 2020 – In its March 26, 2020 decision of Province of New Brunswick v. Grant Thornton, 2020 NBCA 18, the New Brunswick Court of Appeal expanded the “discoverability principle” as enumerated in s. 5 of the New Brunswick Limitation of Actions Act, SNB 2009, c L-8.5. Section 5(2) holds that, for general limitation periods, a claim is discovered on the...
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