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The B.C. Supreme Court recently dismissed the plaintiffs’ claims in Northwest Organics, Limited Partnership v Roest, 2018 BCSC 866, a defamation action relating to a commercial composting facility. The claim arose after years of conflict between residents of a rural community who opposed construction of the facility and the facility’s owners. The residents had ...

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Almost a year ago (May 26, 2017), the Alberta Court of Appeal released its 2:1 decision in IFP Technologies (Canada) Inc. v. EnCana Midstream and Marketing (IFP Technologies), 2017 ABCA 157. The decision was of particular significance with respect to the meaning of "working interest" in the oil and gas industry, when consent to a disposition could be reasonably withheld ...

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The British Columbia Court of Appeal recently released its decision in Hunt v. The Owners, Strata Plan LMS 25556, 2018 BCCA 159, reaffirming the longstanding maxim that “justice must not only be done, it must be seen to be done.” 

The Hunt decision arises out of arbitration over concerns about the installation of a heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit between ...

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On April 24, 2018, the BC government introduced Bill 21 to amend the Class Proceeding Act (“CPA”). The amendments will change BC from an “opt in” jurisdiction for non-residents to an “opt out” jurisdiction. There were a number of consequential amendments to the CPA that address the issues that will now arise from certification of “multi-jurisdictional” ...

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Lawson Lundell LLP is pleased to announce the arrival of an experienced team of commercial litigation and dispute resolution lawyers in Calgary. Grant Vogeli, QC, Michael Donaldson, Shannon Wray, Shannon Hayes, Kelly Hannan, Marika Strobl and Jonathan Selnes have joined the firm from a leading firm in Calgary where they represented significant clients in a range of ...

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Many assume that, with the advent of privacy statutes, companies have been required to notify their customers, or the relevant statutory authority, in the case of a data breach or improper accessing of customer data.  However, to date, for the vast majority of provinces and territories in Canada, that has not been the case, and the choice of whether or not to tell even those ...

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Privilege in Canada has, over the last 20 years, been raised by the Canadian courts to quasi-constitutional status. As recently as 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada reaffirmed both the paramountcy of solicitor client privilege and litigation privilege. Given this context, it was surprising that, in 2016, the Federal Court questioned the existence of common interest ...
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The British Columbia Court of Appeal (BCCA) recently released its first decision considering the application of BC's new limitations statute in the context of security enforcement generally and foreclosure practice specifically. The new limitations statute reduced the limitation period for contractual claims and security enforcement from six years to two years, and ...

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The recent Olympic coverage of ski-cross and slope style events in PyeongChang, combined with a cold snap and snow across B.C. (even in Vancouver), will likely inspire skiers and snowboarders to try some extreme moves of their own on the slopes. However, before launching yourself off a cliff to mimic an Olympian, it might be worth considering the legal context of such extreme ...

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Over the years, the courts have sought to protect the public interest in ascertaining the truth in civil litigation proceedings while at the same time affording protection to the privacy interests of the parties involved. The Court of Appeal for British Columbia recently addressed this issue in Duncan v. Lessing, 2018 BCCA 9, when affirming that the statutory tort of ...

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